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Fragmented & Forgotten: Tracing the Tannery Brook

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When:
March 3, 2018: 5:00PM to 8:00PM
Where:
The Lace Mill, East Gallery 165 Cornell Street, Kingston, NY map

Emily Vail and Jiamin Chen will show “Fragmented & Forgotten: Tracing the Tannery Brook” in the Lace Mill’s East Gallery at 165 Cornell Street, Kingston, NY. Original maps of the Tannery Brook, paired with historic maps, images, and text, will visualize changes in and around the stream over time.

The Tannery Brook is a small stream in Kingston. The brook flows out of the Twin Ponds, travels downhill along Linderman Avenue, crosses under Washington Avenue, skirts property lines between Washington Avenue and Green Street, and then vanishes beneath the parking lot behind the Ulster County Family Court building. It makes the rest of its journey underground, in a pipe, until it meets the Esopus Creek behind Kingston Plaza.

Although the Tannery Brook has worked hard for Kingston over the centuries – including powering mills, irrigating crops, and carrying away waste – it has been increasingly fragmented and forgotten. It hasn’t been forgotten by everyone, though; it continues to make its presence known through flooding, infrastructure failure, and other damage.

The Tannery Brook is a microcosm of the ways that we perceive and manage water in cities. Its history and present state can provide context for modern stream and urban water management, as we ask: What should we expect from a stream with such a long history of use? How can this history relate to future restoration projects?

Please note that the Lace Mill parking lot is for residents only. Parking for these events is available on Progress Street and Manor Avenue.

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