A People’s Guide to the Hudson Valley

About This Project

Welcome to “A People’s Guide to the Hudson Valley.” This online guide explores sites across time throughout the Hudson Valley. (Scroll down for a regional map.) Employing a perspective of “the people,” the guide privileges the desires, hopes, and struggles of those on the receiving end of unjust forms of power; it is also a perspective of those who work to challenge such inequities and to realize a region, as well as a larger world, that is radically inclusive and democratic, and that centers social and environmental justice. The guide’s goal is to tell a story about the making of the Hudson Valley as a region, characterized by strong ties within—as well as many divisions along axes of (among others) class, gender, race, sexuality, and space. The guide explores these ties and divisions—how they were made, challenged, and struggled over—as a way of making sense of what the Hudson Valley was and is, and what it could be.

“Regions of the Hudson Valley” map. Source: Maurice D. Hinchey Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. Public domain.