The Dutch Settlers Society of Albany

Dean WilsonHartley

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73 years old
232 Morton Ave., Albany, NY 12202
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Born in Baltimore, MD the day "Casablanca" opened in 1942. Raised in Pgh. area for 8 years, where most relatives had been since 1703. Only one Dutch rleative--great, great grandmother (maternal side). Moved to Albany in 1951; here until 1967, when parents Dr. & Mrs. R.D. Hartley left Delmar for the sunner climes of Myrtle Beach. Graduated BCHS in 1960; BA, Hamilton College, 64; year in France, followed by MA & PhD at Indiana University, Bloomington, in English & AmericanStudies. Interst in history led to entering YEar of History Contest to commemorate the Hudson-Champlain Sesquecentennial in 1958; won the Sr. Division with an essay & poem on the land development of Johannes Appell in Feura Bush in the 17th & 18th centuries. Rockefeller converted a county-prize win into a cultural ambassadorship for both HS and Jr Hi winners. Continued writing poetry and also publishing articles from 1962--current. Taught 18 years on college level in Ohio and California. Later entered business world in CA as well, since teaching options faded for PhDs across country after Vietnam War ended. Relocated back in Albany area in 1994. At present, revising previously published poetry and writing new material for submission to magazines and contests, as well as for book-length ms submission in 2011. Interest in poetry has always been primarily lyrical narrative, using a range of forms, from free verse to sestina. Associate member of DSSA since 2003. Participated in Quadricentennial through Hudson400, designing the multi-library display, "...:Like the River, Albany's Dutch Heritage Goes On." Assisted in research and installation by members of the DSSA.

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