Hear about Dutchess’s “Seedy Underbelly” on Mar. 4

Dutchess County Historian will discuss white-collar crime

Join Dutchess County Historian William Tatum as he presents a one-hour talk titled “Dutchess County’s (Somewhat) Seedy Underbelly: Tales from the Ancient Documents Collection.” It will take place on Wednesday, March 4, at 1 p.m. at the Howland Public Library in Beacon.

Dutchess County Historian William Tatum

Dutchess County Historian William Tatum

Tatum will share stories on white-collar crime in 18th-century Dutchess County gleaned from court records in the county’s Ancient Documents Collection. From business deals gone bad to slavery, bastardy and the occasional murder investigation, these cases shed light on daily life in old Dutchess and reveal parallels with life in the county today.

This event is free and no registration is required. The Howland Public Library is located at 313 Main St. in Beacon. For more information, contact Alison Herrero, adult services librarian, at 845-831-1134. To view all events at the Howland Public Library, go to beaconlibrary.org and click on Calendar.

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