On Saturday, April 22 at 4pm, the Claverack Free Library on Route 23B will host Allison Marchese, author of The Hidden History of Columbia County, NY, (Arcadia/History Press – 2014). The book uncovers the secret history buried in the towns of Austerlitz, Chatham, Claverack, Kinderhook, New Lebanon, Taghkanic, Valatie, and the city of Hudson — each with different and unusual stories.
The Claverack chapter recounts the day a mastodon tooth rolled down a farmer’s hill, forever changing the world’s understanding of prehistoric times. The Kinderhook chapter tells of President Martin Van Buren’s lost wife, Hannah, who is barely mentioned again after her death so early in their marriage. Hudson’s gallows were the scene of New York’s last hanging, a spectacle which drew hundreds of ticket-holding spectators. Outcasts called the “Pondshiners” hid out in the hills of Taghkanic. The only reminders of their existence now are the beautiful baskets they made.
Join local author Allison Guertin Marchese as she explores these little-known stories of people and places, deeply woven into the history of Columbia County. Bring your questions; stay for refreshments. Allison will also show slides and sign and sell books after the reading (cash or check preferred). The Hidden History of Columbia County makes a perfect gift for the local history buff in your life.
Allison Marchese has over 30 years experience as a writer, marketing, communications, public relations professional, and author. Her blog: Columbia County Life – Conscious living in the country, has a large following. The author’s posts feature individuals and their contributions to enhancing life in Columbia County (http://columbiacountylife.blogspot.com. Her latest book, Hudson Valley Curiosities, will be available in August of this year.
The Claverack Library is located at 629 State Route 23B. There is ample parking behind the library.