Matthew Christopher, ABANDONED AMERICA: HUDSON VALLEY EDITION @ Morton Library

Event date: 
Monday, July 25, 2022 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Morton Memorial Library
82 Kelly Street
Rhinecliff, NY 12574

Presented by Starr Library in partnership with Morton Library & Oblong Books.

FREE. Registration Required

Due to current COVID transmission rates in Dutchess County. Masking is mandatory at this event for everyone's health and safety.


The Hudson Valley has a rich history, and with rich histories come abandoned historic sites. Join us for a talk featuring author, photographer, podcast host, and the brains behind Abandoned America, Matthew Christopher, who will explore some of the greatest hits of abandoned sites in the region, from the Borscht Belt hotels in the Catskills that enjoyed a golden age in the mid-20th century, to the Old Game Farm in Saugerties, and more.

Catskill Game Farm, Catskill NY

Matthew Christopher has had an interest in abandoned sites since he was a child, but started documenting them a decade ago while researching the decline of the state hospital system. His two books, Abandoned America: Dismantling the Dream and Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences and his website, also titled Abandoned America, have chronicled the stories of modern ruins of all kinds across the United States and abroad. He also has recently created an Abandoned America podcast to share interviews and stories that delve into the mysteries, histories, and stories of abandoned places.

Matthew has an MFA in Fine Art Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology and has taught photography at a college level and now teaches photography workshops. He has had gallery shows across the US, lectured on abandoned spaces and mental health history, and his work has been in dozens of publications and media outlets including the New York Times, ABC and NBC News, PDN, The Atlantic, Photographer's Forum, The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, the Daily Mail, NY Daily News, and many more.  

Abandoned America: Dismantling the Dream By Matthew Christopher Cover Image
ISBN: 9781908211422
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Carpet Bombing Culture - September 15th, 2016

Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences By Matthew Christopher Cover Image
ISBN: 9782361950941
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Jonglez Publishing - December 7th, 2014