Natural News Archives

The Natural News is a periodical produced for CHHS Members with history, geology, photos, upcoming events, and plans related to the Society, the Snyder Estate, the Widow Jane Mine, Rosendale, and The Rosendale Cement District.
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  • Canals, Coal and Cement by Steven Schimmrich 
  • Message from the President
  • Condolences – Catherine “Cathy” Brooks 
  • Welcome New Board Members! 
  • Summer Events photos
  • Annual Meeting Preview: John Cox
  • The Rondout Formation by Steven Schimmrich
  • A Message from the President
  • Condolences – Anita Williams Peck, Tomas Robert Simalchik
  • What We’ve Been Up To


2018 Fall ol 20 Issue 2

  • Of Mines and Mushrooms by Steven Schimmrich
  • A Message from the President
  • Condolences – Carol A. Perez
  • Look Back to Last Season

2018 Spring Vol 20 Issue 1

  • A Quarry Caves In by Steven Schimmrich
  • Message from the Current President and the Past President
  • Tree work
  • A Look Back to Last Season
  • Selected 2018 Season Events 


  • Indelible Memories by Judith A. Boggess: Personal memories of growing up in Rosendale in the mid 20th century.
  • Proud of our Educational Mission
  • Speaking of Trees: The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Devastates!
  • The Riverside Inn of Rosendale, The Ritters, and the Exciting Travels of Lena & Lars
  • Eotechnic Sensorium: CHHS Projects 2017
  • The Strange Ones: hits the 2017 Woodstock Film Festival. Scenes filmed at the Widow Jane Mine.
  • 2017 Events Recap 


  • Making Acquaintance with T. R. Keator: How the enameled bricks from Leeds, England found their way to Rosendale
  • Especially for the Brick Aficionado: Enameled or Glazed Bricks?
  • A Message from the President — Anne Gorrick
  • CHHS 2016 season: Cementing History and the Arts


  • The Hustle & Bustle of Whiteport
  • A Message from the President — Anne Gorrick
  • Beers 1875 Atlas of Ulster County: But Who Was F.W. Beers?
  • 2015 Season Photos
  • The Balcony Brackets of Rosendale

  • High Bridge Restoration Complete
  • A Message from the President — Anne Gorrick
  • Think Tank Thank You – Andrea Frank, Assistant Professor SUNY New Paltz
  • CHHS Projects 2015: Excavate – curated by Laura Johansen
  • John Bloomfield Jervis
  • The “Disappearing Arches” of High Bridge: Ending the Confusion
  • Big Fun: The Croton Aqueduct Puzzles
  • Invitation to “Recasting the History of Rosendale Cement”
  • 2015 Album: Society Volunteers Making it Happen


  • Fatal Dynamite Explosion in Lawrenceville, 1888 – Peggy Whalen
  • A Message from the President — Anne Gorrick
  • Frying, Toasting & Baking Dynamite and Photos – Peggy Whalen
  • Article on Miners (from the Hudson Valley Times)-Michael Asbill
  • Sekel Family Estate Bench
  • Links to the Past – Steven Shimmrich
  • A Message from the President — Anne Gorrick
  • Miners : An Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition on the Snyder Estate – Laura Moriarty, curator
  • Walks & Talks at the Snyder Estate: Geology Walk with Steven Shimmrich
  • Bird Walk with Linda Fagan, sponsored by the John Burroughs Natural History Society 
  • Connections: The Honk Falls to Kingston Electric Line – Gail Whistance
  • Pete Seeger vs. the Un-Americans – talk and Book Signing by Ed Renehan 


2013 Fall vol. 15 issue 2

  • Greetings From Australia — David Prentiss
  • A Message from the President — Anne Gorrick
  • KIOSK Project interpretive signs on the new section of the Walkill Valley Rail Trail
  • Photos of recent events Ikebana for the TAIKO Masala performance, film shoots in the Widow Jane Mine
  • Rosendale NY Baseball Team in 1904 (photo)
  • The 1920 Wanless Report — Steven Schimmrich. A report on the geology of the natural cement region.
  • A Message from the President — Anne Gorrick
  • No Whiskey Here! — Contrary to popular belief, Brooklyn’s Widow Jane Whiskey has no relationship with the CHHS!
  • Summer Solstice Sounds Amy McTear’s Community Harmonic Choir
  • Scouting at the Mine 91st Sojourners troop spend an overnight on the property. 


  • The Delesserts of Geneva, Lyon, Paris … and Rosendale? — Marc MacDonald
  • A Message from the President — Anne Gorrick
  • Let There Be Light (new generator)
  • Educators, Rockhounds, and Fencers visit
  • Success, Silent Preservation, And An Appeal To Our Members (Dietrich Werner Memorial Fund) — The Board
  • Events: Treasure Bazaar Mega-Sale, Fall Clean-Up Day, 20th Annual Subterranean Poetry Festival
  • Remembering Dietrich E. Werner (1942-2009)
  • A Message from the President — Anne Gorrick
  • Bricks from the Lawrence Cement Company and the F.O. Norton Cement Works — David Moyer
  • Dietrich Werner Memorial Fund and Contributors
  • For 2010 SEASON SPECIAL EXHIBIT: “Abandoned Mines of the Rosendale Cement Region” by photographer Dan Lopez
  • Events: Thrift Sale, Spring Spruce-Up Day


  • Echo Lodge ~ Cottekill, N.Y.
  • Rosendale Cement via Clipper Ship to California
  • A Message from the President — Dietrich Werner
  • Additions to the Society Library
  • A Busy Summer at the Snyder Estate: Wayne Russell and Julie Roseleus Wedding,
  • Picnic,
  • Rosendale Street Festival
  • 2009,
  • Hate Not Your Brother Filming,
  • Father Divine Lecture,
  • 19th Annual Subterranean Poetry reading,
  • Rosendale Banners fly over the Hudson,
  • Ice Cream Social 
  • The Industrial Archeology of a Rosendale Cement Works at Whiteport
  • A Message from the President — Dietrich Werner
  • Additions to the Society Library
  • Spruce Up Day
  • Visit from Wappingers Central School
  • In the Belfry: Bats Toll in Rosendale by Christopher Spatz
  • 2009 SIA Fall Tour
  • IOCA
    Wood Duck houses installed
  • Trail Work on the Snyder Estate
  • 177 Year Old Cement Letter Donated: Canvass White to Hugh White
  • Industrial Archeology at Whiteport book
  • Upcoming Events
  • Cement Girls for Spruce-up Day
  • A Message from the President — Dietrich Werner
  • Additions to the Society Library
  • Rock Lock
  • Events: IOCA Conference April 24-26
  • Rambling on the Rondout Bard College Lifetime Learning Institute To Visit Snyder Estate,
  • Cement & Brick Production in Ulster County, NY
  • Historic Postcards
  • 1898 Rosendale Croatian Benevolent Association
  • Bootlegging in a Mushroom Cave — Mr. Johanson
  • Murder Mysteries, Cement Mines,& Mushrooms
  • Concrete On Main Street
  • Modern Design Exhibit & Rosendale Retrospective
  • Hudson-Fulton Celebration at the Snyder Estate 


  • Milwaukee Cement Company (Part III) —
  • A Message from the President — Dietrich Werner
  • Additions to the Society Library
  • CD Images Donated to the Society Library
  • St. Peter’s Temperance Society “T.A.B.” Items Discovered
  • Davis & Veeder’s, Main Street, Rosendale
  • 1850 Book on Lime and Cement Donated to the Society Library
  • Jos. A. Fleming: Do You Remember?
  • Rondout: Lime, Bricks, Cement, Bluestone, Millstones: Special Presentation by John F. Matthews
  • Cottekill-Binnewater Schol Distr. No. Five.
  • A Trip Back in Time – Kenechi Ugwoke
  • Restoration of the American Museum of Natural History – Michael Edison
  • Consolidated Rosendale Cement Co. Watch Fob Found
  • St. Peter’s T.A.B. Society of Rosendale, NY
  • Society Acquisitions Fund Started
  • Whipple, 1890s Era Rosendale Photographer
  • Cement Rates via Deleware & Hudson Canal for the Year 1876 

2007 Summer vol 9 issue 2

  • Carnival of Minstrelsy: 1915 Rosendale Fire Department  Benefit Program
  • Additions to the Society
  • A Message from the President – Dietrich Werner
  • Summer 2007 at the Snyder Estate: Treasure Bazaar
  • Striatium
  • Taiko Masala 
  • Hudson Valley Poets Fest 2007
  • Boston College geological field mapping exercise in Rosendale
  • Keeping Natural Cement Alive
  • Rosendale Cement Sold in Philadelphia
  • Bluestone Festival (Kingston NY)
  • Rosendale Cement at The City Reliquary Museum, Brooklyn, NY
  • Do You Remember? (photos)
  • General Quincy A. Gilmore
  • Additions to the Society  Library
  • Message From The President – Dietrich Werner
  • Spring 2007 at the Snyder Estate
  • Hydraulic Lime or Cement
  • Discovery of Rosendale Cement 1825 not 1826
  • Mortar by R. L. Pell
  • 1895 Binnewater Store Ledger added to Society Collections Binnewater postmasters
  • Cash received 
  • Collection of Early New Jersey and Pennsylvania Portland Cement Company Letters
  • The Return of American Natural Cement 


  • Wallkill Valley Railroad Trestle at Rosendale
  • Message From The President – Dietrich Werner
  • Welcome new Members
  • Additions to the Society Library
  • Society Annual Meeting: A Celebration of Success
  • William Beard wants more Rosendale Cement (1847 letter found)
  • 1898 Providence R.I. Irish Patriotic Publication Contains Advertisement for Hoffman Rosendale Cement
  • 1892 & 1904 Rosendale Maps
  • Field Trip to the Birthplace of American Natural Cement
  • A Creek Locks Photo Album 1909 – 1923 



  • Hickory Bush Troubles!
  • Snyder & Sons Barge at Harlem River Bridge
  • Cement by Dr. Elizabeth S. Goins
  • Photo of A. J. Snyder Building found!
  • David L. Wells, Civil War Veteran Returns to Rondout Valley


  • Exhibit: “Dirty Laundry – Wash day relics and images 1825-1955”
  • President’s message
  • Mountain Laurel School visit
  • Site Manager Report: Electric lines down
  • Rosendale News; “The Star”
  • Living on Hollow Ground: The Natural Cement Industry of Rosendale, NY by Brenda L. Wood


  • Dewitt Mill
  • Welcome New Members
  • The Greenkill Grist Mill
  • WEMBA Wins Grant
  • A Plea for Mountain Road (poem by Renee O. Smith)
  • Growing Up in Tillson
  • Society members Donate Cement Bags