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Anyone who has ever gone along Boardman Road will have seen the attractive “Cliffdale” estate. Also known as the Kenyon House, the estate is currently occupied by the Poughkeepsie Day School.
The impressive 23-room house was built between 1909 and 1913 by the famous raincoat and tire manufacturer Clarence Kenyon. After his death, the property was […]

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Phyllis Davison Teasdale graduated from Vassar College in 1943
Phillys Teasdale is 87 years old. Having spent most of her life in the Casperkill watershed, Mrs. Teasdale has many fond memories of events and locations along the Creek.  Her son Chris grew up on Boardman Road, where he remembers playing in the big playground that […]

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Professor Lucy Johnson at the U-puku-ipi-sing site
Last Friday, as part of Dutchess Watershed Awareness Month, archeologist Lucy Johnson of Vassar College led a walk-and-talk to a very special place in local history. She took us to the spring, known as U-puku-ipi-sing, which gave Poughkeepsie its name. Although it is not located within the Casperkill watershed, […]

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For two weeks in the fall of 2007, the Palmer Gallery of Vassar College was taken over by BITTER-SWEET. Developed by New Jersey-based artists Ginger Andro and Chuck Glicksman, this multimedia installation used projection, reflection, scent and sound to explore the impact of human activity on the Casperkill. BITTER-SWEET derived its name from Oriental Bittersweet, […]

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This 2000 map shows the altered course of Raymond Avenue as a result of the 1965 realignment, which caused the sacrifice of trees and the filling in of about 75 feet of Vassar Lake.

Raymond Avenue hasn’t always had the center median and roundabouts it is outfitted with today. Rather, it has […]

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Patsy Cicala, an environmental educator, prepares to test the dissolved oxygen content at Sunset Lake during the 1997 sewage spill. The test yielded a zero reading, meaning that no fish could have survived in the water.
After speaking with Vassar alumni about the changes in Sunset Lake I became curious about the history of fish in […]

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A view of the outdoor ampitheatre in the 1930s.  Sunset Lake can be seen in the background, through the Canadian hemlocks and Norway spruces that form the backdrop to the theatre space.
While talking with alumnae this weekend it was always fascinating to hear how much Sunset Lake has changed over time, but it was equally […]

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Daffodils on Sunset Hill, sometimes referred to as “Daffodil Hill”
This weekend is reunion weekend at Vassar College so the Oral History Team has been using this opportunity to talk to alumnae and alumni about the Casperkill Watershed.  Not surprisingly, Vassar graduates are most familiar with the sections of the Casperkill and Fonteynkill that flow […]

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The Fonteynkill, a major tributary of the Casperkill, drains a portion of the City of Poughkeepsie.  It flows from Park Avenue to Vassar Lake, then under Raymond Avenue and onto the main Vassar College campus.  On campus the Fonteynkill runs between Olmstead and Skinner Halls before joining the Casperkill just south of the Sunset Lake […]

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