‘Leaving Bishop Falls, An Ashokan Story’


Construction of the Ashokan Reservoir, part of New York City’s water system, flooded communities long established in the Esopus Valley. That action reverberates today.

The work of artist Kate McGloughlin, a 12th-generation county resident, captures the sense of loss her family still carries from the seizure of Bishop Falls. Her kin, and many like them, were forcibly removed from their land at Bishop Falls. McGloughlin’s painting and printmaking tell the story of her people, acknowledging their loss and finding solace in the beauty of the Ashokan landscape.

“Leaving Bishop Falls, An Ashokan Story” asks viewers to reflect on the effects of forced migration, on their own family stories and how they resonate in their lives today. The show is open each weekend, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday, through Oct. 29, at Ulster County Historical Society, 2682 Route 209, Marbletown.

The exhibit is supported by Joan K. Davidson, president of Furthermore Grants in Publishing, the J.M. Kaplan Fund; the Richard Strain Fund at the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley; Ulster Savings Charitable Foundation and Ulster County Department of Economic Development Cares Act II Small Business Grants.

For more information, visit ulstercountyhs.org or call 845-377-1040.