HistorySpeaks offers an occasional, brief 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. It is distributed additionally by the Dutchess County Historical Society.

I founded HistorySpeaks some years ago to create an open, collaborative effort to help people enjoy and learn from local history in the mid-Hudson Valley.

I have had the pleasure of serving as the Executive Director of the Dutchess County Historical Society since 2017. I serves of the research committee of the Poughkeepsie-based Celebrating the African Spirit, and serves on the external advisory committee of Vassar College’s Inclusive History Initiative.

My interest in local history was launched in my hometown of Northampton, Massachusetts, where I joined what is today Historic Northampton. I am so fortunate to have attended Wesleyan University where I was a double major in American Studies & History, and English.

You’ll find a bi-weekly column called Decoding Dutchess Past in the Northern/Southern Dutchess News / Beacon Free Preiss.

Episode #1

Our inaugural episode covers the basics:
What history is worth taking the time to listen to?