Donna Davies – Historian
Hyde Park, NY
Professional Background: Web Designer for CIA – Culinary Institute of America
Hudson Valley, NY resident Donna Davies, dubbed the “Halloween Queen,” divides her time between authoring children’s books, lecturing to both adults and children, and curating several web sites dedicated to the holiday.
Inspired by Washington Irving’s 1820 short story, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” and her personal experiences in the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery one fall evening, Davies’ new book is a rhyming story from the heart. “The Headless Horseman has always been my favorite Halloween hero; he isn’t bad, just a little scary when confronted. After noticing that few children’s books touched on his tale, I decided to rectify that,” she explains with a grin fit for a jack-o-lantern.
A staunch supporter of local libraries and historical societies, Ms. Davies is an active member of the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Historic Fund and curates Hudson Valley Halloween Magazine as an “en-spook-lopedia” of all things grim and ghoulish in the area.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in business and a Master’s Certificate in marketing from the University of San Francisco.Including several new topics prepared for debut in 2012, Ms. Davies is available to present lectures on all of the following:
- The History of Halloween
- The Real Headless Horsemen
For children, she offers a Halloween Story Time presentation of either The Halloween Queen Who Lost Her Scream or her upcoming book Sleepy Hollow and the Road You’d Better Not Follow. All of these readings include coloring sheets, crayons and fun contests for the children
For more information, or to discuss booking a lecture or book reading, please e-mail Donna directly at [email protected].
Ms. Davies’ first picture book for children, The Halloween Queen Who Lost Her Scream, thrilled audiences from 6 to 60 upon its release last October and earned her numerous opportunities to present the book at libraries across the region.