Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Lecture on Columbia County History

On Tuesday, February 21, the Columbia County Historical Society Volunteers present a lecture by local author Allison Guertin Marchese about the hidden history of Columbia County. Among the little-known stories to be shared is the one of the last hanging in New York State, which took place right here in Hudson before hundreds of people who had purchased tickets to witness the event. The lecture which is free and open to the public takes place at 7 p.m. "below stairs" at the James Vanderpoel House, 16 Broad Street, in Kinderhook. For more information, visit the CCHS website.

1 comment:

  1. Carole, I'm sure it was unintended, but the reference to "the last hanging in New York State" is a bit flip, especially in Hudson, where there is some local lore in the African American community suggesting several "lynchings" that were neither sanctioned nor prosecuted. If you wouldn't mind clarifying, for the record, and let us know when this "last hanging" in Hudson took place and at least let us know whether it was a state-sanctioned (capital punishment) hanging or a "lynching," many of which also had crowds of ticket-buying spectators. Thanks, --peter