‘Hikes through History’ presentation to be held at Hudson Library


Alison O’Leary

Hudson – Author and speaker Alison O’Leary will visit Hudson Library at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 6, for a program called “Hikes through History.”

O’Leary is coauthor of the Appalachian Mountain Club’s guide, “Best Day Hikes near Boston,” which offers 60 opportunities to explore trails and natural areas from Cape Ann to Cape Cod.

“The best part about the guidebook is that people can use it to find places for a walk anytime they have a few minutes to kill, because this sort of hiking doesn’t require a lot of planning and preparation,” O’Leary said.

The Hikes through History program takes the guidebook a step further, describing aspects of the landscape that have been hidden by time – sites of former estates donated as parkland, industries that once hummed with life now engulfed by woods, and how our famous writers and thinkers were inspired by natural landscapes.

“Many people know of Henry David Thoreau and how he lived in seclusion at Walden Pond,” O’Leary said. “But this program talks about how Walden Pond has changed over the years, and how Thoreau explored, sometimes hiking Mount Monadnock with Ralph Waldo Emerson, for a different perspective.”

The program is free, appropriate for all ages, and a book signing will follow.

For more information see www.alisonoleary.com.