Peter, now retired, works on seniors-related projects, including editing a newsletter called Quality Living @ Home on behalf of the Ridgefield (CT) Visiting Nurses Association that helps seniors to living independently and well for as long as practicable. He and his wife Sandra frequently visit the Hudson Valley for cycling, Shakespeare at Boscobel, the Woodstock Film Festival, antiques fairs, and the valley’s museums and galleries.


Articles by Peter Rae

Marian Anderson-
America's Great Contralto

If you’re out for a drive on the hills in Danbury, Connecticut’s west side, you might come across a residential street called Marianna Farm Drive.....

The Port of Missing Men 

In 1907 Meredith Nicholson, a popular author, poet and later on diplomat from Indiana, published a novel about some Confederate army officers who refused to recognize that the North had won the Civil War and retreated to a hideout in rural western Virginia.,,,

Old Bet and the Elephant Hotel 

Recently the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced that after 145 years of featuring elephants in its productions, its 13 traveling Asian elephants would be retired to its Center for Elephant Conservation in central Florida....



Fowler's Folly

Phrenology and architecture wouldn’t appear to have much to do with one another, but Orson Squire Fowler, a Fishkill resident from 1846 to 1854, was a pioneer in both.

The Poughkeepsie Regatta
& The 1936 Olympics

Eighty-one years ago this month, a resurgent Germany under Chancellor Adolph Hitler was completing final preparations for hosting the 1936 Olympics....

The Poughkeepsie - Wappingers Falls Trolley

Saturday, December 15, 1894, was a memorable day for the citizens of Wap-pingers Falls.



Final Link in Dutchess Rail Trail Opened

When it opens this October, the pedestrian overpass being constructed over Highway 55 in the Town of Poughkeepsie will be the final link in the Dutchess County Rail Trail, a 13-mile paved pathway for runners, walkers and bicyclists between Hopewell Junction and the Walkway Over the Hudson in Poughkeepsie.....

What Kind of Name is "Oblong"?

With its many fine restaurants and shops and its overall charm, Rhinebeck is primary target for weekend day-trippers from all over the New York Metropolitan area....