Gunks Through Time

Friday, May 5, at 7pm
Marbletown Community Center

Ronald G. Knapp will present an illustrated lecture featuring material from his most recent book, The Gunks (Shawangunk Mountains) Ridge and Valley Towns Through time, using a gallery of historical photographs, many of which have never been published, and contrasting them with recent work of photographers Fred Gerty, Maxine Kamin, Glenn Koehler, Susan Lehrer, Michael Neill O’Donnell and Carol Rietsma.

Trained in geography and history at Stetson University and the University of Pittsburgh, Knapp’s early work focused on China’s domestic architectural heritage. He is the author, editor or contributor of more than 20 books. For the past decade, he has worked with photographer A. Chester Ong, a collaboration which has taken him through China to Southeast Asia documenting domestic architecture.

In recent years, Knapp has returned to an early interest in the history of transportation, researching covered bridges throughout North America. America’s Covered Bridges:  Practical Crossings and Nostalgic Icons, a collaboration with Terry Miller and Chester Ong, was published in 2014.

Knapp taught from 1968 through 2001 in the Department of Geography and Asian Studies Program at SUNY, New Paltz, holding the rank of Distinguished Professor Emeritus. Since 1987, he has served on the Board of Mohonk Preserve and was its President from 2004-2013. Free and open to the public, and books will be available for purchase and signing.