Five Rivers History Book

Five Rivers: The History of a Special Place

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In case you’ve ever wondered about the geology of Five Rivers, or the first inhabitants, or some of the old buildings and stonework you see there—wonder no more! Friends of Five Rivers has published a history of the site, just in time for the 40th anniversary of the Center. With ten chapters covering prehistoric times to the present, and 140+ fascinating photos and maps, Five Rivers: The History of a Special Place will ground you in a more informed understanding of this local treasure.

The book will also give you a deeper appreciation of how environmental consciousness in the United States evolved. Archaic people, Native Americans, Dutch traders, colonial farmers, railroad magnates, 19th Century New York politicians, and 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps workers all contributed to this evolving perception. Our environmental awareness today is a product of that evolution, and the work isn’t done. You can see your own place in environmental history through this informative book.

The first published copies of the book have recently been delivered to the Center and are priced at $25 a copy. They are available for purchase at The Book House in Stuyvesant Plaza, at the Visitor Center counter, or you can order copies by mail by completing this FORM and sending it with your check. For more information, contact the Friends at

A Few Excerpts from Five Rivers: The History of a Special Place