Poughkeepsie Potters and the Plague (Images of America)

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Folk art has long been a part of the cultural heritage of the Hudson River Valley.
The Hudson River school of painting traces its roots to the valley, as does a unique
decorative style of stoneware―preserve pots and jugs with scenes of birds, flowers, and
animals that were part of the potter’s life. While the Hudson River paintings, usually
commissioned by wealthy landowners, have achieved universal acclaim, the utilitarian
stoneware, owned by even the least successful merchants and farmers, has been widely
collected but little understood.
Poughkeepsie Potters and the Plague makes an important contribution toward an
understanding of the stoneware tradition of the Hudson Valley. Based on years of
research, it uncovers for the first time the significance of early stoneware production
at Poughkeepsie and outlines its one-hundred-year history. Astonishingly, its early
beginnings may be attributed to a series of yellow-fever epidemics that struck New
York City during the 1795–1805 period. These epidemics forced a migration of
people away from the beleaguered city to places such as Poughkeepsie. Poughkeepsie
Potters and the Plague began with a dated butter pot that was made by the first
stoneware potters of Poughkeepsie as a tribute to the epidemic victims of New York
City in 1798―a single piece of pottery transcending time and location to bring to
life the historical triumph of the enduring human spirit.

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Author George Lukacs has collected, researched, and studied Hudson Valley stoneware for more than fifteen years. In Poughkeepsie Potters and the Plague, he combines his knowledge and skill in identifying significant artifacts and his dedicated pursuit of history with a stunning collection of nearly two hundred photographs and illustrations. The owner of an antiques business, he displays each August products manufactured in Dutchess County at the Dutchess County Fair, where he and fellow members of the Century Museum Village & Collectors Association present living history demonstrations, which are viewed and appreciated by thousands.

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