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Before Hollywood there was Cuddebackville


March 22, 2012

PORT JERVIS, NY — Seth Goldman, executive director of the Neversink Valley Area Museum in Cuddebackville will present a free program at The Hub @ The Port Jervis Free Library on early film making in the area on Saturday, March 24 at 3 p.m.

The Neversink Valley Area Museum’s mission is to preserve and document the history of the peoples and industry of the Neversink and Shawangunk valleys of New York’s Catskill region. Goldman is the acknowledged expert on the early film industry and the films made in the tri-state area in the early 20th century.

Between 1909 and 1913, five film companies made well over 20 movies here utilizing the unspoiled natural surroundings for breathtaking location shots for Indian and western films, historical dramas and even comedies. The Caudebec Inn, located a short distance from Route 209 on Oakland Valley Road, was a summer hotel popular with celebrities including D.W. Griffith, Lillian Gish, Florence Lawrence, Mabel Normand, Mary Pickford and Mack Sennett.

Registration is suggested. Email thehub@portjervisli brary.org or call 845/772-7586.