Marion Balyszak, of Penn Yan, announces the release of her book, A Telling of Ancestors, the first in the series, Emma Prince Kauai Mysteries.
A 31-year resident of Yates County, Balyszak is a former non-profit administrator, with a dual degree in history and anthropology, and a minor in museum studies. She ‘retired’ as director of the Finger Lake Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 2010, having decided to pursue a ‘new chapter’ after years of writing grants, research reports, and long-range plans, not to mention often working 60 to 80 hours a week.
Her career also included earlier directorships at Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association, the Oliver House Museum in Penn Yan, Cayuga Museum in Auburn, and Seneca Falls Historical Society, along with board and trustee positions with such organizations as the New York Great Lakes Commission, Great Lakes Research Consortium, Seneca Lake Area Partners in Five Counties (SLAP-5), regional water quality committees, Western New York Association of Historical Agencies, and Yates County Chamber of Commerce.
She made her first trip to the north shore of Kauai in 2010 to visit daughter, Katie.