Monday, December 15, 2014

Lunch & Learn for December


Lunch & Learn

Co-sponsored by Friends of the Folsom Library

and the Rensselaer Retirees Forum


 

“Where Family and Friends Gathered in Song:  
The History of the Fox Hollow Folk Festival”

 

Presenter:  Kathryn Sheehan



From 1966 to 1980, thousands gathered in the hills of Petersburgh, New York and joined Bob, Evelyn, and Martha Beers for four days of traditional folk music.  Fox Hollow became one of the most popular folk music festivals in the country and launched the careers of performers Don McLean, Gordon Bok, Bruce "Utah" Phillips, Dan Smith and many more.  Rensselaer County and Troy City Historian Kathryn Sheehan will explore the history and traditions of this legendary music festival. 


 
                    Friday, December 19  ~  12:00 noon to 1:00 pm 
Folsom Library Fischbach Room
Free! Everyone is welcome!  
Bring your lunch or purchase one at the Library Cafe. 
Dessert will be provided.

 
 
Adrienne Birchler
Coordinator
Friends of the Folsom Library
 
 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Link to the
Carl A. Westerdahl Forum
Evening Presentation
  

Matt Peteritis, a club member of RPI TV, generously donated his time to videotape the evening program of "Making the Connection:  Rensselaer Graduates Who Built Bridges over the Hudson" in October. Frank Griggs '56 and George Christian M.S. '76 talked about the role Rensselaer alumni had in the design and construction of bridges in the Hudson Valley and nationwide in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Unfortunately, the PowerPoint presentation wasn't included in the recording, so you won't get to see the slides the speakers refer to. Here's the link:  

http://www.rpitv.org/productions/832-carl-westerdahl-forum



Left to right:  George Christian M.S. '76; Chris Letchford, Professor and Department Head,
Civil and Environmental Engineering, RPI; Frank Griggs '56


 
Adrienne Birchler
Coordinator
Friends of the Folsom Library

Friday, November 7, 2014

Lunch & Learn for November


Book Review:  Capital in the 21st Century by Thomas Piketty”


              Presenter:  Dr. Paul Hohenberg

 

Retired RPI economics professor Paul Hohenberg will discuss the book that "harks back to Marx's Das Kapital not only in title, subject, and concern with income inequality, but also in being a large book that many speak of and few actually read."
 
Our speaker suggests to anyone who is not up for reading the 700-page book that he or she get the TED talk by the author.  It is on YouTube and gives a good overview in 15 minutes.  French accent is free.

 
                                          Friday, November 14 
12:00 noon to 1:00 pm 
 Folsom Library Fischbach Room

Free! Everyone is welcome! 
Bring your lunch or purchase one at the Library Cafe.  
 Dessert will be provided.
 
 
Adrienne Birchler
Coordinator
Friends of the Folsom Library
 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Carl A. Westerdahl Forum Inaugural Event



By now all Friends should have received an invitation to "Making the Connection:  Rensselaer Graduates Who Built Bridges over the Hudson" that the Friends is sponsoring next month.  The committee planning the event, headed by Friends Board of Directors members Rick Hartt and Meg Gallien, have put a lot of effort into this and are excited to offer not one but two presentations to all who are interested in learning about civil engineering training at the Institute in the late 1800s and the role Rensselaer alumni had in the design and construction of bridges in the Hudson Valley and nationwide in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
 
We are very fortunate to have Frank Griggs '56, engineer, bridge restorer, and historian, as our featured speaker.  He'll be joined by Chris Letchford, head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at RPI, and George Christian, M.S. '76, who has over 38 years of engineering and management experience in varied bridge planning, design, construction, and evaluation activities in the New York State Department of Transportation Office of Structures.
 
The Carl A. Westerdahl Forum memorializes the creative contributions made by Carl A. Westerdahl (1937-2013), former dean, director, and historian at Rensselaer, through programs that explore education, history, art, architecture, engineering, and science as they relate to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 

The online invitation with information, including directions to RPI and parking instructions, and a registration form that can be sent in can be obtained at http://www.lib.rpi.edu/documents/friends/Carl.pdf /

Online registration is now available!
 
If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact me at bircha@rpi.edu or (518) 452-0618.

I hope to see many of you at the event.  It promises to be an excellent introduction to the annual lecture series honoring Carl who was committed to the Institute and took great pleasure in sharing its history, contributions, and success stories with others.

Adrienne Birchler
Coordinator
Friends of the Folsom Library

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Lunch & Learn for September


"Celebrating a Non-traditional Life"

 

Speaker:  Judith Barnes '71, '84


 
 Friday, September 12, 2014
12:00 noon to 1:00 pm
Fischbach Room

Judith Barnes, Ph.D., is an entrepreneur, educator, speaker, and writer with a four-decade national consultancy in communication, technical communication, marketing, and advertising.   

As a result of deciding to become a consultant in 1971 – a very non-traditional choice back – she has had the pleasure of working with people in a wide range of fields including technology, fashion retailing and manufacturing, finance, automotive, business and industry, education, arts, and healthcare.  Judy was also a founding officer of a company commercializing micro fuel cells as a future power source for portable electronics, a longtime Adjunct Professor for the Executive MBA program in the Lally School of Management & Technology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and is a frequent guest lecturer in Rensselaer’s leadership programs.

Judith Barnes
Judy has authored five books, and her essays have aired on public radio. She was a co-writer and executive producer for a short film on personal responsibility screened at over 25 film festivals. The film was also featured on a public television program and used by therapists nationwide. In addition, she is a frequent guest speaker and lecturer for educational, civic, and cultural groups. 
 
Judy has a Ph.D. and M.S. from Rensselaer. She has received numerous professional awards; has been active in leadership positions on the boards of many civic, educational, and arts organizations; and has extensive experience in institutional development and community fundraising activities.  
 
Having come into contact with people in so many different lines of work, Judy has many interesting stories to tell. Come hear about some of her exciting and perhaps unusual assignments.  I'd like to hear about the job she's now working on for Radio City Music Hall's Rockettes.
 
Everyone is invited. Bring your lunch or pick up one at the Library CafĂ©. Dessert will be provided.
 
 
Adrienne Birchler
Coordinator
Friends of the Folsom Library

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Photo Display
May's Lunch & Learn presenter, William Gill B.S. '03, M.S. '11, has hung eight stunning photographs that he's taken of trains at night.  They're on our second floor "gallery wall"  and will be on display for the summer.
 
A lot of his scenes were taken along the Delaware and Hudson Railway, which is the railroad that Will's great grandfather worked on.  It was also the first freight railroad that Will was able to get an up close view of trains as they rolled on by.

Will uses strobe photography to capture his photos of trains at night.  It usually takes him an hour or more to position the lights.  He takes great care in setting them up because he gets only one chance to take the perfect picture of a traveling train.

Two of the images displayed were taken in Benson Landing and West Rutland, VT.  The others were captured in Troy, Cohoes, Fort Edward, Hadley, and Thurman, NY.  The 16" X 20" framed and matted photos can be purchased for $160 each.

 
Above is my favorite shot.  It shows a colorful string of cars rolling past Grabowski's Farm in West Rutland, VT.  The line is owned by the Clarendon and Pittsford Railway and runs from Whitehall, NY, to Rutland. The barns and cars really stand out against the black of night.

To view some photos Will's taken of trains in the dark, see ihearttrains.us or check out his postings at https://www.facebook.com/TrainsAtNight.


Adrienne Birchler
Coordinator
Friends of the Folsom Library

Thursday, June 19, 2014




Save the Date!
 
The Carl A. Westerdahl Forum
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
 
 
Making the Connection:
Rensselaer Graduates
Who Built Bridges over the Hudson
 
 
Join the Friends of the Folsom Library for the inaugural
Carl A. Westerdahl Forum.

Dr. Frank Griggs ’56, engineer, bridge restorer and historian, is the featured speaker. He and a panel of experts including George Christian, will highlight the role Rensselaer alumni played in the growth of bridge design locally and nationwide in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
 
Lunchtime Presentation
12 noon – 1 p.m.
"Civil Engineering Training at Rensselaer
in the Late 1800s"
Russell Sage Dining Hall
Lunch to be offered
 
 
Evening Presentation
6 – 7 p.m.
"Crossing the Hudson: Capital Region Bridges"
Reception to follow
Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies Auditorium
 
 
Sponsored by the Friends of the Folsom Library
 
 
The Carl A. Westerdahl Forum memorializes the creative contributions made by Carl A. Westerdahl (1937-2013), former dean, director, and historian at Rensselaer, through programs that explore education, history, art, architecture, engineering, and science as they relate to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Program details will follow. 
 For more information, contact Adrienne Birchler,
Folsom Library, 518-276-8329.

           Please share this announcement with all individuals and organizations you think would be interested.

 
Adrienne Birchler
Coordinator
Friends of the Folsom Library