History Speaks. Listen. Learn.
Growing up in Northampton, MA provided a fertile bed for growing interests in local history. Now a good deal of my research is in the mid-Hudson Valley, and the northern Dutchess County Town of Milan where I live and have been town historian, bicentennial co-chair and town board member. I consider this an open workspace. ~ Bill Jeffway
Pre-Civil War Rural African American Experience in Mid-Hudson Valley
Meadow City Notes & Memorial Day
I have always found local history rich in experience and reward, giving context and perspective across time, geography, and community. I hope to help others understand similarly, as a powerful, accessible means of learning.
In addition to understanding common, shared experiences across generations and centuries, I find it fascinating to come to understand the degree to which we all perceive historical “facts” and embed them in narratives shaped by our own biases (consciously or unconsciously) which in turn gives us an insight into ourselves.
One of my favorite quotes: [We] map what we see, marking some features, ignoring others. History is not the past, but a map of the past, drawn from a particular point of view to be useful to the modern traveler.~Henry Glassie, Professor of Folklore.