Local History Speaker Series Presents: Allison Guertin Marchese

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The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to welcome Allison Guertin Marchese to the library on Thursday, April 2nd at 6:00pm as a guest speaker in the Hudson Area Library’s Local History Speaker Series. Marchese will offer a discussion on her book The Hidden History of Columbia County, New York. Topics will include poet, Edna St. Vincent Millay, in celebration of National Poetry Month, and the history of Hudson with emphasis on 400 State St., current home to the Hudson Area Library. There will be a question and answer period afterward, followed by light refreshments.

Allison Guertin Marchese, a graduate of Fordham University with a degree in communications and creative writing, has spent much of her professional career in public relations in addition to working as a freelance writer and publicist. Ms. Marchese also created and maintains the blog Columbia County Life – Conscious Living in the Country which features individuals and their contributions to enhancing life in Columbia County. In her book, The Hidden History of Columbia County, New York, Marchese looks beyond the picturesque side of Columbia County and uncovers its secrets. Her other writings include plays, movie reviews, short fiction and articles and essays on local people, places and history in Columbia County. She was the Director of Development at the Edna St. Vincent Millay Society helping to raise funds to preserve the poet’s home and gardens and “illuminate the poet’s large body of works”. Ms. Marchese currently lives and works in Chatham.

The presentation will be held on the first floor of the Hudson Area Library, with wheelchair access on the northeast side of the building. Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Light refreshments will be served.

The History Room Committee’s Local History Speaker Series offers monthly talks on diverse topics related to the history of Hudson, Greenport, Stockport, and Columbia County. The Hudson Area Library’s History Room houses a special collection that pertains to the history of the City of Hudson, as well as Columbia County and New York State. The History room is open Tuesday evenings from 5:30-7:30pm, Saturdays from 10am-12pm, and by appointment. The Hudson Area Library is located at 400 State St. in Hudson, NY. The mission of the Hudson Area Library is to enrich the quality of life in the chartered service area by providing educational, recreational, aesthetic, cultural and informational programs, services, and materials to all our citizens. For more information: hudsonarealibrary.org or call (518) 828-1792.