Intrigued by a mention of bootlegging in the Hudson Valley in one of
her father’s scrapbooks about his 58 year law career in Poughkeepsie,
Eleanor (Ellie) Charwat started to research the subject and created a talk
and a book on “Bootlegging in the Hudson Valley” that she has given to
over 20 historical societies, libraries and other community organizations. At
each talk, members of the audience add their anecdotes or family lore
about bootleggers, speakeasies and underground tunnels.
Ellie is a Poughkeepsie native who has lived in the Hudson Valley
most of her life. She was head of the School of Adult Education at Marist
College, has been a newspaper reporter, a teacher of English as a Second
Language, a Town of Poughkeepsie Councilman and an active community
She is a graduate of Cornell University and received her master’s in
public administration from Marist College.
She is the author of “Small Town Lawyer: Highlights of Nathaniel
Rubin’s Career” and “A Life Well-Lived, a Memoir”.
Event Type(s): Adult
Age Group(s): Adult
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