Author of Constitution Island to speak Sept. 3

An author talk and book signing with Ronnie Clark Coffey, author of Constitution Island and a number of other local histories, will be held at the Desmond-Fish Library on Thursday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m. Coffey is a teacher, researcher and the former executive director of the Constitution Island Association. Her talk will cover the history behind this landmark and provide a preview for Constitution Island’s upcoming Family Day on Sept. 26.

As the location of the first fortifications built to defend American independence, Constitution Island was the anchor site of the great chain that stretched across the Hudson to impede British passage. During the 19th century, it was the home of two sisters, Susan and Anna Warner. In 1916 the Constitution Island Association was founded to preserve the home, gardens and memory of the Warner sisters and their historic island.

The Desmond-Fish Library is located at 472 Route 403 (at the corner of Route 9D) in Garrison. For more information about any of the library’s upcoming programs, visit

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