Battenkill Conservancy to Explore Local History of Watershed

Battenkill Conservancy to Explore Local History of Watershed

Battenkill Conservancy to Explore Local History of Watershed

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Elizabeth Cockey

The Battenkill Conservancy in partnership with the well known creative husband and wife team of Elizabeth and Barton Cockey, will launch the ‘Untold Stories of the Battenkill,’ an oral history of the watershed project on Sunday, May 1, at the Greenwich Free Library in Greenwich, N.Y.

The event kicks off what will eventually come together in a capitivating compilation of personal interviews and snippets of local history taken from throughout the Battenkill watershed. The resulting hard copy book, slated for publication in early 2017, will highlight the diverse talents of artists, crafts people and entrepreuners for whom the Battenkill has proven to be an integral part of their creative, recreational and professional lives.

The ‘Untold Stories’ project is the next step in what began late last year during Battenkill Conservancy’s annual meeting in October, when shared her personal stories and memories of growing up across the street from the river on Thunder Mountain in Greenwich. Her numerous vignettes and call outs to members of the audience made for a fun and interactive story telling event. On May 1, she will begin by sharing a handful of those stories before conducting a live interview with life-long riverside resident, avid fisherman and hunter, Ken Sheffield. The live interview is meant to encourage others who may be interested in sharing their stories for the project. The free event begins at 3 p.m. and is open to the public. For information go to battenkillconservancy.org.

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