Local History Speaker Series Presents: Conrad Vispo

The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to welcome Dr. Conrad Vispo to the library on Saturday, May 9th at 3:30pm as a guest speaker in the Hudson Area Library’s Local History Speaker Series. Vispo will offer a discussion on his new book The Nature of the Place: A History of Living with the Land in Columbia County, NY. His book describes the forest, field, soil and waters of Columbia County from the perspective of the diversity and beauty of their inherent nature as well as of the way human society, for better or worse, left its mark. There will be a question and answer period afterward, followed by light refreshments.

Dr. Conrad Vispo was born and raised in Canaan and has earned his PhD Wildlife Ecology at University of Wisconsin; MS Wildlife Ecology, Indiana State University; BS Wildlife Ecology, Cornell. He has conducted ecological research on a variety of organisms, including mammals, birds and fish from the woods of Northern Wisconsin to the tropics of Venezuela. Dr. Vispo’s current focus is on agroecology. He is a researcher and program coordinator of the Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program in addition to adjunct faculty at Cornell University’s Department of Horticulture. He has a passion for understanding historical and modern patterns of animal and human ecology on the land.

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.