Uxmal-on-Hudson: Mayan Ruins on Crugers Island, 19th C.

Bard College Archives Exhibit

March 1 – March 31, 2014

Today Cruger’s Island is a quiet nesting site for bald eagles.

At other points in time, this land- actually a peninsula- has been the site of various human endeavors. In 1609 Henry Hudson stopped by to trade with local Indians. Some years later the Iroquois are reported to have waged a battle here to determine supremacy among the Six Nations. (The Mohawks prevailed over the Tuscaroras.)

By 1840, John Church Cruger lived here with his family in a large house with a manicured lawn. His friend, noted explorer and archaeologist John Lloyd Stephens, traveled to Yucatan and brought Cruger various Mayan artifacts from the lost city of Uxmal.

There is more to this story. Join us in the Stevenson Library on Thursday, March 6th, from 4-6 for the opening of this exhibit highlighting one of the more colorful examples of the 19th century Romantic Movement in the Hudson Valley.

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