Independence Day Red Hook Public Library and Historic Red Hook host local author Jack Kelley at Elmendorph Inn

(RED HOOK, NY) —  Did you know yeoman farmers were the ones who fought for our independence? Find out more about this and other tales of gallantry in the fight against the Red Coats when local author Jack Kelly and period Revolutionary War re-enactors bring to life the stories in his new book, Band of Giants: The Amateur Soldiers Who Won America’s Independence at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 2, at the Elmendorph Inn. Kelly will talk about his lively, evocative narrative that Kirkus Review calls “a rousing account of bloody sacrifice.” A book-signing and refreshments will follow.


This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Historic Red Hook and Red Hook Public Library. This event will take place at the historic Elmendorph Inn,  7562 North Broadway (Rt.9), Red Hook NY 12571.


This program is free and open to the public.


Historic Red Hook collects, preserves and disseminates the history of the Town of Red Hook. The Town of Red Hook includes the Villages of Red Hook and Tivoli and the Hamlets of Upper Red Hook,  Annandale, and Barrytown. The Society presents free programs on aspects of history and culture of Red Hook and the Hudson Valley. The Archives Room is available for research on Tuesdays from 10-4 and by appointment, 845-758-1920.

Red Hook Public Library has been serving the community of Red Hook and its need for lifelong learning since 1898. In 1935, the library made its home in a mid-nineteenth century octagonal building based on the designs of Orson Squire Fowler. In 2013, it was designated a five-star library by Library Journal.


For more information, call the Red Hook Public Library, 845-758-3241. The library is located at 7444 S. Broadway in Red Hook and on the Web at