author from the region to share how the book came to be | Community News


SHARON SPRINGS — Cobleskill author Dana Cudmore will share some of her favorite stories from her new book, “Underground Empires: Two Centuries of Exploration, Adventure, and Enterprise in New York’s Cave Country,” at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 14 in Sharon Springs Free public library at 129 Main St. in Sharon Springs. The program will also be available on Zoom.

According to a press release, in his book, Cudmore explores the wonder and drama of the region’s cave history. It is described as a look back at the explorers and entrepreneurs who made caves and cave country part of their lives.

Cudmore audiences will hear about the time the reigning Miss America ceremonially opened a Schoharie cave to the public and the so-called only “Underground Duck Race” in the world. His talk will also include an account of the Blenheim Serpent Monster, which crawled out of its mountain lair in the early 1800s. Cudmore will also cover the related 150-year history of the cement and stone industry at Howes Cave , which takes advantage of the geology of the region.

A question-and-answer session will follow.

The required registration can be completed at

Dial 518-860-5513 for more information.


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