Annual Meeting

April 2017 Annual Meeting of DCHS  Board, Members, Interested Public

Prohibition Draws New York City Gangsters to the Hudson Valley

Insights into the local and unforeseen consequences of the 18th Amendment to the US Constitution were brought to life in the keynote address featuring Eleanor (Ellie) Rubin Charwat at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Dutchess County Historical Society. Members, prospective members, and the public were in attendance.

The event took place Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the Henry A. Wallace Visitor Center at the FDR Presidential Home and Library, 4079 Albany Post Road in Hyde Park.

Ellie is a Poughkeepsie native who has a strong interest in local history.  Researching her book about her father, Nathaniel Rubin, Small Town Lawyer, led to an interest in bootlegging in the Hudson Valley, a topic on which she has spoken and written numerous times.

A graduate of Cornell University, Ellie has been a college administrator at Marist, a newspaper reporter, an elected official, a consultant for non-profits and an active community volunteer.  She and her husband Martin live in the Town of Poughkeepsie. Ellie is author of the recently-published book, Prohibition in the Hudson Valley, Along the Bootleg Trail.