Read Local Red Hook Public Library presents Heaven’s Ditch author Jack Kelly


(RED HOOK, NY) –The Erie Canal may have been completed nearly two centuries ago, but even now, there’s no shortage of stories to tell about it. Local author Jack Kelly does just that in his new book, Heaven’s Ditch. Kelly will discuss his latest work at 6:30 p.m. Friday, September 9, at the Masonic Lodge in Red Hook as part of Red Hook Public Library’s Read Local series.

Join Kelly as he talks about the enthralling and true tales recounted in Heaven’s Ditch. From its completion in 1825, the Erie was not just a boon to business, but also a magnet for zealots, daredevils, criminals, and entrepreneurs. Treasure hunters sought gold while religious folk sought spiritual truths, and an era of cultural and economic change was born. Kelly’s book recalls this era, following the thrilling history of the canal from 1825 to 1844.

This is the final event in the RHPL Read Local summer series. It is free and open to the public.

The Hendrick Hudson Masonic Lodge is located at 9 Graves St in Red Hook, NY, just a short walk or drive from the library.

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, 2014, and 2015 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