Scholar and author Carol Berkin is HSM Annual Meeting speaker

The Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM) will welcome scholar and author Carol Berkin as the featured speaker at its Fourth Annual Meeting Sunday, Sept. 7 at the New Kingston Valley Grange Hall, Cemetery Road, Margaretville. Prof. Berkin’s topic will be courageous women of the American Revolution. Her talk, “It Was I Who Did It: Spies, Saboteurs, Couriers and Other Heroines of the Revolution,” is made possible by the New York Council for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The talk, which is free and open to the public, begins at 1:30 p.m. It will be preceded by a delectable buffet brunch prepared by members of the New Kingston Valley Grange. To reserve your seat ($15) for the noon brunch, call 586-3949, or e-mail history@catskill.net.
Carol Berkin is Presidential Professor of History at Baruch College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is the author of First Generations: Women in Colonial America; A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution; Exploring Women’s Studies: Looking Forward Looking Back; and Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America’s Independence.
A forthcoming volume of essays, co-edited with Margaret Crocco and Barbara Winslow, is entitled Clio in the Classroom and will be published by Oxford University Press.
She is a frequent contributor to television documentaries on early American and Revolutionary Era history. Her current research focuses on women in the Civil War era.
Professor Berkin is currently a member of the Board of the Academy of New York History, the Board of the National Council for History Education, the Advisory Board of the Museum of American Women in NYC, the Scholar Advisory Board of the New-York Historical Society, and the Board of the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History.
Her talk will follow a brief business meeting at which members of the HSM Executive Committee will be elected, and an annual report of society activities will be given. All current and prospective members, as well as history lovers from throughout the region, are invited to attend.