Local history

Nellie McKay performs A Girl Named Bill: The Life and Times of Billy Tipton in Hudson

Nellie McKay performs A Girl Named Bill: The Life and Times of Billy Tipton in Hudson

It wasn’t until his death that his three adopted children found out why this talented musician had shunned the spotlight (and doctors): Billy had been born, in 1914 in Oklahoma City, as Dorothy Lucille Tipton. She adopted a male persona in order to break into a music business that was still not very friendly to women performers, and went on to live as a man so persuasively that the two women with whom he had multi-year common-law marriages claimed never to have known that “Billy” was biologically female.

Journalist, political advisor discuss the history of U.S. presidential transitions

Journalist, political advisor discuss the history of U.S. presidential transitions

Mark McKinnon and Alexander Heffner will discuss the historical transfer of power and the future of American politics at the FDR site in Hyde Park. McKinnon, former advisor to two governors and co-creator/host of Showtime’s The Circus: The Greatest Political Show on Earth; and Heffner, journalist/essayist/educator and currently host of The Open Mind on PBS will consider presidential transitions from Roosevelt to Trump, just days before the 45th president’s inauguration.