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Meet HRVI Alum Alex Prizgintas


Meet HRVI Alum Alex Prizgintas

Jan 17, 2023

Photo of Alex standing in front of a library wall of books and artifacts. He is wearing a blue shirt and tan khakis. He holds his cello in one hand and a copy of the Spring 2022 issue of The Hudson River Valley Review in the other.

We continue our HRVI intern alum spotlights with Alex Prizgintas, Marist '22

Alex majored in History Major, with a minor in Hudson River Valley Studies, and a concentration in Public History; today he is completing his MPA and delivering history lectures around the region.

Alex shares how his experience at HRVI helped to advance his education and professional pursuits:

"I am most humbled and thankful to HRVI for offering me a platform to share my knowledge in both the popular and academic worlds of history. This was first done through my two peer-reviewed journal articles in The Hudson River Valley Review, published in 2020 and 2022 during my time as an undergraduate student at Marist. The first of these articles discusses the impact of transportation in Orange County's early milk production while the second, a thirty-three-page article, is a comprehensive analysis of the history and products of the Ellenville Glass Works. Additionally, I was fortunate to intern twice with HRVI and, during the second internship, produced a thirty-minute documentary on the impacts of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted in the Hudson Valley. This was an amazing experience where I was involved in the scriptwriting, cinematography, sound effect, and video editing processes. From filming some of Olmsted's accomplishments in the Hudson Valley to interviewing noted Olmsted and Calvert Vaux authority Dr. Francis R. Kowsky, this was an extraordinary achievement in my path of preserving our local history."

Read Alex's full update here. This update, and all of the updates to be featured this year, will be linked to each alum's name on the Interns page of the website.