catskills essay 4 - it, their very names often forgotten,...

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"More than 30 years ago, while working on another book, I interviewed a woman who was over 100 years old. She was 'sharp as a tack' and in full possession of her faculties. She had lived in the Esopus Valley before the construction of the Ashokan Reservoir and was the descendant of Catskill Mountain pioneers. 'We've lived, and that's all,' she said, when asked about her family. 'It's a drawn-out story, and it doesn't amount to much.' Nonetheless, I was deeply interested in that story. For this place, and those who settled
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Unformatted text preview: it, their very names often forgotten, their lives marked only by a weathered gravestone or by the rubble of an abandoned farmhouse foundation found high up on the mountainside have fascinated me since I was very young. The study of the Catskill Mountains and those who have lived in them in the past, in fact, has become my lifework." In a recent interview, Steuding has said: "We live in an area where history is a living thing."...
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