This morning, in celebration of Women's History Month, Assemblymember Didi Barrett announced the release of the fourth volume of Women's History in the Hudson Valley: Ten Stories from Columbia and Dutchess Counties. The booklet tells the stories of ten women from our region who, during the past three centuries, made significant contributions in various fields. Among the ten women featured in the 2017 booklet is Mary Shepherd Hallenbeck.
Commenting on the release of the booklet, Barrett said, "This year marks the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote in New York State. It was an extraordinary accomplishment resulting from ordinary women coming together to form a grassroots movement for suffrage. Too often women's history and women's stories are forgotten; my office has published these volumes each year to ensure that in our region they are forgotten no more."
The booklets are distributed in collaboration with the Mid-Hudson Library System. Copies of the booklet are available at the Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street. The booklet is also available online, as are the previous three volumes.
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