HistorySpeaks is an occasional podcast in a series that examines what we can learn from history, especially local history here in the Mid-Hudson Valley, if we care to listen.

In addition to producing this podcast, Bill Jeffway has served as the Executive Director of the Dutchess County Historical Society since 2017. He serves of the research committee of Poughkeepsie-based Celebrating the African Spirit, and serves on the external advisory committee of Vassar College’s Inclusive History Initiative.

Bill grew up in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he joined the local historical society at age 13. He earned a B.A. from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT with a double major in American Studies and English. His senior year focus was on the Hudson Valley in the 19th century art.

Episode #1