Local History Speaker Series: Dr. Thomas Mounkhall on the Hudson River in a World History Context

We are pleased to welcome back Dr. Thomas Mounkhall to the library on Thursday, September 8 at 6pm and Sunday, September 11 at 4pm for a two part multimedia presentation as part of the library’s Local History Speaker Series. Both presentations will highlight the Hudson River during two significant time periods.

Dr. Thomas Mounkhall delivered the inaugural presentation in the Local History Speakers Series.

Dr. Thomas Mounkhall delivered the inaugural presentation in the Local History Speakers Series.

The first program (September 8) will cover the Hudson Valley from 20,000 BCE through 1500 CE, including migration, macro-change, flora diffusion, contingency and polycentrism. Mounkhall will then discuss Western European voyages of exploration through the influence of the Erie Canal on New York City from 1500 to 1830 in his second presentation (September 11).

A question and answer session will follow each presentation, accompanied by light refreshments. Attendees are welcome to come to one or both presentations. The presentations will be held in the library’s Community Room with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dr. Mounkhall has a doctorate in Modern World History from St. John’s University and over thirty years experience teaching World History in secondary schools. He is a former Adjunct Professor at SUNY New Paltz and has directed institutes in World History for high school teachers around the country. The Local History Speaker Series is a series of free monthly talks on diverse topics related to the history of Hudson, Greenport, Stockport, and Columbia County.

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Local History Speaker Series Kicks Off With World History Perspective

Dr. Thomas Mounkhall delivers inaugural presentation in Local History Speakers Series
Thank you to Dr. Thomas Mounkhall and the many community members who joined us on Sunday, March 30 for the inaugural presentation of the Hudson Area Library History Room Committee’s Local History Speaker Series. Mounkhall shared a thought-provoking presentation linking important regional historical events with significant developments in World History.

The History Room Committee’s Local History Speaker Series will offer bimonthly talks on diverse topics related to the history of Hudson, Greenport, Stockport, and Columbia County. The next event is scheduled for May 17 at 4pm and will feature a talk by Mary Beth Wenger, author of Finding Grandma: A Sentimental Journey Through 1920s Columbia County Recipes. We hope you will join us!

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