Historian to Discuss Foundry Ordnance

Takes place Jan. 9 at Putnam History Museum

Cold Spring Historian Mark Forlow will discuss select mechanical drawings of the West Point Foundry ordnance book at the Putnam History Museum at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9 in a presentation entitled “The West Point Foundry Goes Boom! WPF Ordnance Design Book 1846–1878.” Forlow is coauthor with Trudie Grace of The West Point Foundry, published in 2014.

Mark Forlow with a cannon produced at the West Point Foundry (photo provided)

Mark Forlow with a cannon produced at the West Point Foundry (photo provided)

Known for production of the Parrott rifle during the Civil War, the West Point Foundry was prolific in its production of many types of ordnance and attending equipment — cannons, projectiles, fuses, gun carriages and gun sights — in the pre- and post-war periods as well.

Forlow, who conducts guided tours of the Foundry site, will answer questions during a wine and cheese reception following the presentation. Admission to the event is free for museum members, or $5 for non-members. RVSP by calling 845-265-4010 or emailing [email protected] The museum is located at 63 Chestnut St., in Cold Spring.

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