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Noted Historians Headline Local History Event Slated at C-GCC

Written By Editor on 3/9/17 | 3/9/17

A local history colloquium will be held at Columbia-Greene Community
College, Hudson, on Thursday, March 30, at 7 p.m., as part of the college's
50th anniversary celebration.

The event will include local historians, featuring Dr. Thomas Wermuth,
director, Hudson River Valley Institute, Marist College; Vernon Benjamin,
author; and Ted Hilscher, moderator and C-GCC history professor. Admission
is free and open to the public.

Titled "A History Colloquium: Preserving Our Heritage, Shaping Our Future,"
the event is sponsored by the faculty and library at C-GCC. The colloquium
is designed to recognize the work of municipal historians in the surrounding

"The night will be one of the cornerstones of our yearlong 50th anniversary
celebration," said Hilscher.

C-GCC librarian Geralynn Demarest will open the evening. She will discuss
historical resources available in the college's library.

Wermuth joined the Marist College faculty as an assistant professor of
history in 1992 and was appointed dean of the School of Liberal Arts in 2001
and vice president for Academic Affairs in 2007. A native of the Hudson
River Valley, he earned his B.A. in history from Marist, his M.A. from SUNY
Albany and his Ph.D. from Binghamton University.

Author of "Rip Van Winkle's Neighbors: The Transformation of Rural Society
in the Hudson River Valley" (SUNY Press), Wermuth has also penned numerous
peer-reviewed articles in distinguished academic journals. In 2002, he
founded the Hudson River Valley Institute and began publishing the Hudson
River Valley Review: A Journal of Regional Studies.

Benjamin is the author of "The History of the Hudson River Valley: From
Wilderness to the Civil War" (The Overlook Press), which the New York Times
called "thoroughly informative and approachable." With last year's
publication of "The History of the Hudson River Valley: From the Civil War
to Modern Times," Benjamin completed his historical account of the region.

Benjamin has lectured on the history of the Hudson Valley at Marist and Bard
College. He holds an M.A. in literature from Long Island University and a
B.A.  in sociology from Siena College.

A former editor of the New Saugerties Times, he has written extensively on
the Hudson River Valley for various publications and has appeared on C-SPAN.

The evening will include a panel discussion and questions from the audience.

The colloquium will be held in the Arts Center Theater at the Greenport
campus. For more information, email

C-GCC is located on state Route 23 in Greenport, one mile east of the Rip
Van Winkle Bridge. Route 23 can be reached from Exit 21 of the New York
State Thruway or the Hudson exit of the Taconic Parkway.

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