Views from the Hill: Stories from the Valley Stories Told by Bill Gordh and Jonathan Kruk

The Akin Hall Association in Pawling recently received $2,000 for a project grant to finance a pair of exciting storytelling programs at the Akin Library.

“In a world dominated by social media, storytelling is a powerful way to teach history and build community understanding and tolerance,” says Matthew Hogan, Director for the Akin Free Library, who organized the project. “These programs will support the Akin Free Library’s goal of exposing the history of the area, of bringing people to the library who are not aware of what it has to offer to people of all ages.”

The programs will take place on Saturday, September 16, and Saturday, September 23, at the Akin Free Library.

Take a Folktale Tour of the Akin Free Library with banjoist Bill Gordh, Saturday, September 16, beginning at noon and ongoing until 5:00 p.m. Explore the library’s unique natural history collection, the Quaker artifacts from long ago, and the Akin Free Library itself.

Listen to Stories of Revolutionaries, Rent Wars, and Quakers – Stories of the Valley, Saturday September 23, told by Jonathan Kruk. There will be two performances, noon and 3:00 p.m., outside the Akin Free Library. Stories will cover the history of Pawling, the Quaker Hill community, the Meeting House serving as a hospital, freedom for slaves before the Revolutionary War, the luxurious Mizzen Top Hotel, and the Oblong Treaty.

Location: Akin Free Library, 378 Old Quaker Hill Road, Pawling, NY

Venue Telephone: 845-855-5099

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson.

Founded in 1880, the Akin Hall Association maintains the Akin Free Library (built in 1898), which houses the Gunnison Museum of Natural History and the Historical Society Museum. The building, an elegant late Victorian stone structure sited on Pawling’s Quaker Hill, was placed on the National Historic Register in 1991. The Association is the major grantor of annual college scholarships to Pawling High School students.