Bash Bish Falls Comes To The Library

An exhibit about Bash Bish Falls, produced by and first shown at Roeliff Jansen Historical Society, will be on display in the library’s Community Room. In addition there will be a related video installation at the History Room of the library and anyone who wishes to have their images of Bash Bish included in the installation should send them with their name and photo caption to

Peter Cipkowski, President of the RJHS stated, “Natural landmarks, like historic landmarks, tell local stories. Bash Bish has an alluring star-power that is fully part of the history of the Roe Jan community. This beautiful exhibit conveys that story.”

The exhibit celebrates the rich history of Bash Bish Falls – one of New England’s tallest and most dramatic waterfalls. Bash Bish Falls has been the Roe Jan region’s single biggest attraction for more than 150 years. Each year, an estimated 200,000 visitors make the hike to the falls to enjoy the natural wonder set against the cycle of the seasons. Famous visitors to the falls have included Herman Melville, Henry Longfellow, Henry David Thoreau, John Frederick Kensett and even baseball legend, Babe Ruth.

The exhibit presents the geology of the falls, early Native American mythology, the artists associated with the Hudson River School of Art who painted the falls, several commercial enterprises, and the efforts to preserve and protect this spectacular cascade.

The Bash Bish Falls exhibit was originally curated by Greg Keffer, principal at Rockwell Group, and Darin Johnson, former senior strategist to Old Sturbridge Village. Both Keffer and Johnson are proud residents of Copake Falls, NY and supporters of the historical society.

These exhibitions will be on through April and are viewable during library open hours and are wheelchair accessible. For more information email, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

The Roeliff Jansen Society was founded in 1974 and chartered in 1975 as a non-profit organization by the Board of Regents of the State of New York.  The Society serves the Towns of Ancram, Copake, Gallatin, Hillsdale and Taghkanic. Its mission is to preserve and present the history and cultural traditions of the Roe Jan community. Through publication, ongoing research, a speaker series, and a multimedia archive, the Society documents and conserves our heritage – too easily lost.  

The Hudson Area Library’s History Room Committee Local History Speaker Series offers free monthly talks on diverse topics related to the history of Hudson, Greenport, Stockport, and Columbia County.  The library’s History Room houses a special collection that pertains to the history of the City of Hudson, Greenport and Stockport; as well as Columbia County and New York State.