Research Programs: Summer Stipends

Period of Performance

6/1/2003 - 7/31/2003

Funding Totals

$5,000.00 (approved)
$5,000.00 (awarded)

Making Mountains: New York City and the Catskills

FAIN: FT-51635-03

David Stradling
University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH 45220-2872)

This project traces the long and dramatic influence of New York City over the Catskill Mountains. Just one hundred miles up the Hudson River from the metropolis, these mountains have been shaped and reshaped by the demands of the city. Over two hundred years the Catskills have been transformed repeatedly in conception and reality, as New Yorkers sought to fulfill different needs in the mountains, including natural resource extraction, tourism, and the water supply. This project will focus primarily on the environmental consequences of the city's influences on the mountains, but cultural and economic consequences must also be addressed.

Media Coverage

Rethinking Rurality (Review)
Author(s): Allen J. Dieterich-Ward
Publication: H-Net
Date: 12/27/2011

Book Review (Review)
Author(s): Philip Terrie
Publication: New York History
Date: 12/27/2011

Book Review (Review)
Author(s): Thomas Chambers
Publication: Journal of American History
Date: 12/27/2011

Associated Products

Making Mountains: New York City and the Catskills (Book)
Title: Making Mountains: New York City and the Catskills
Author: David Stradling
Abstract: For over two hundred years, the Catskill Mountains have been repeatedly and dramatically transformed by New York City. This book shows the transformation of the Catskills landscape as a collaborative process, one in which local and urban hands, capital, and ideas have come together to reshape the mountains and the communities therein.
Year: 2007
Primary URL:
Primary URL Description: WorldCat Page
Secondary URL:
Secondary URL Description: University of Washington Press book page
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 0295990147