‘Fireside Chat’ series set at St. James Chapel

Four lectures of local interest will again be offered at the historic St. James’ Chapel in Hyde Park.

The “Fireside Chats” began in 2011, during the bicentennial celebration of the church, in the chapel where Franklin D. Roosevelt was baptized. As a result of the overwhelming response, they have become an annual event.

The first “chat” in this year’s series is scheduled for Thurs., Jan. 16 at 7pm, featuring Lorraine M. Roberts, a retired Poughkeepsie schools educator and chair of the Black History Project Committee. Roberts, who is also a member of the Mid-Hudson Antislavery History Project, will present “Chattel: The Building of New York State,” which will explore the early development of slavery in New York, particularly Dutchess County. The snow date for this lecture will be Jan. 23.

Topics of additional “chats” will be: “FDR and the Post Office,” a lecture on the president’s passion for stamp collecting presented by local author Anthony Musso on Thurs., Feb. 6 (snow date Feb. 13); “Malvina Thompson, Eleanor Roosevelt’s Secretary and Friend,” presented by independent researcher Trish Maloney on Thurs., March 6 (snow date, March 13); and “Eleanor Roosevelt; Humanitarian and Civil Rights Pioneer,” presented by retired educators and independent Roosevelt researchers Linda Bouchey and Al Vinck on Thurs., April 3 (snow date, April 19).

Reservations are not required but seating is limited. A reception will follow each lecture in the adjacent Rev. Gordon L. Kidd Reading Room.

St. James’ Chapel is located at 10 East Market Street in Hyde Park (across from the Post Office). For additional information about St. James’ Church or the Chapel, contact 845-229-2820.

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