She graduated from the University of Rochester with a bachelor of arts degree in history and political science. She completed her graduate studies at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, from which she earned a master’s degree in philosophy.
O’Grady-Evans has spent more than 20 years as an educator at various levels. She also has been involved with the New York wine and hospitality industry for more than 20 years.
Her passion for local history has led to lectures on the history of the New York creamery industry and the agricultural history of Hector and Burdett, as well as several contributions to the book “Historic Burdett Celebrates 200 Years: 1819-2019.”
The audio tour of the Brick Tavern Museum is available on your smart phone as an app. Simply download the UNIGUIDE app from the Google Store and look for our tour as "Brick Tavern."
Heather O’Grady-Evans New Historical Society Director
Heather O’Grady-Evans of Burdett is the new executive director of museums. O’Grady-Evans succeeded Glenda Gephart, who retired.
O’Grady-Evans is a Schuyler County native. After graduation from Watkins Glen High School, she spent one year as a Watkins-Montour Rotary Club exchange student in Budapest, Hungary.
Cynthia Neale, native author, to present Catharine, Queen of the Tumbling Waters
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The talk will be held at 2pm on Saturday, May 20th at Havana Glen Park, in Pavillion #3. Havana Glen Park is located across the road from site of Catharinestown, where Queen Catharine lived and ruled. Space is limited, so the public is encouraged to bring a lawn chair with them. Parking at Havana Glen is $2.
Cynthia Neale’s historical novel, Catharine, Queen of the Tumbling Water is a compelling and powerful story that spans the French and Indian War through the American Revolution. As American exceptionalism prevails against the recognition of indigenous peoples, Queen Catharine’s story enlightens, entertains, and makes visible the unwritten aspects of early American history.
Cynthia Neale is a native of the Finger Lakes Region of New York and currently resides in New Hampshire. Ms. Neale is the author of The Irish Dresser Series books, a screenplay by the same, and Pavlova in a Hat Box, Sweet Memories & Desserts. In addition to these works, Ms. Neale writes plays, short stories, and essays. She holds a B.A. in Writing and Literature from Vermont College.
The event is sponsored by the Schuyler County Historical Society and the Montour Falls Public Library. The event is also FREE and open to the public.