History of the Hudson River Valley     Local author to discuss book at Elmendorph Inn



(RED HOOK, NY) – Travel deep into the history of the Hudson Valley when Vernon Benjamin, author of History of the Hudson River Valley: from Wilderness to the Civil War, speaks at 6 p.m. Friday, May 1, at the Elmendorph Inn. Benjamin will share stories he gathered while putting 20,000 miles on his motorcycle, traveling the area to visit the people and places he wrote about. His history spans from 8500 BC to the Civil War and covers everything from geological formations to beer making.

Vernon Benjamin has lectured on the history of the Hudson Valley at Marist College and Bard College since 2003. He holds a Masters in Literature from Long Island University and a B.A. in Sociology from Siena College. A former editor of the Saugerties Times, he has written extensively on the Hudson Valley for various publications and has appeared on C-SPAN. He lives in Saugerties, New York.

This program is hosted by Historic Red Hook and Red Hook Public Library. It is free and open to the public. Light refreshments and book signing will follow the talk.


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 and 2014, it was designated a five-star library by Library Journal. The library was chosen as a finalist for the Best Small Library in America award, given by Library Journal and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, in 2015.


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 www.redhooklibrary.org.