A Local History Talk: The Proprietors and their Lasting Influence on the City of Hudson by Carl G. Whitbeck, Jr.

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The Hudson Area Library History Room, as part of its Local History Speaker Series, is pleased to present The Proprietors and their Lasting Influence on the City of Hudson by Carl G. Whitbeck, Jr. on Thursday, January 26 at 6:00 pm.

Mr. Whitbeck, a local resident whose family has deep roots in the area, will offer a fascinating presentation on the Proprietors, the founders of Hudson, NY. They were a group of Quaker merchants from Nantucket Island and Providence, Rhode Island who sought to find a fertile land in which to establish a commercial settlement. In 1783, Thomas Jenkins purchased a bit of land on the Hudson River called “Claverack Landing” from the Dutch settlers. In 1784, Jenkins and his committee mapped out an early survey of streets and plots. The other proprietors soon followed with their families and established the City of Hudson in April of 1785 as an incorporated city. A question and answer period will follow, accompanied by light refreshments.

Mr. Whitbeck is a partner at Rapport Meyers LLP in Hudson, NY, where his work covers a variety of areas: municipal and public authorities law, real estate and land use, environmental law, employment law, and commercial law and economic development, among others. Currently the Athens town attorney in Greene County, he acted as corporation counsel to the City of Hudson from 1980 to 1999 and as town attorney for the Town of Greenport from 1986 to 1995. His civic involvement includes serving on a number of community boards, including the Hudson Home for the Aged. He represents many nonprofit clients in connection with their operations and projects.  He has represented the NYS Association for Retarded Citizens, Columbia County Chapter (COARC) since 1974, and he represents the Rudolph Steiner Foundation and Camphill Village. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Berkshire Taconic Foundation since 2013. A Hudson native, Mr. Whitbeck received his B.A. from Williams College and his J.D. from Albany Law School of Union University.

This presentation will be in the community room on the first floor of the Hudson Area Library, with wheelchair access. Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is available on a firstcome, first-served basis.

People of the Civil Rights Era Seen in Photographs by Jim Peppler

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On Saturday, January 14, at 6pm, the library will host the opening reception of “People of the Civil Rights Era Seen in Photographs by Jim Peppler”. This exhibit features photographs Mr. Peppler took while reporting for The Southern Courier, a non-profit weekly Civil Rights newspaper serving Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia from 1965 -1968. Mr. Peppler will be speaking on his experiences photographing the protests and vigils of the Civil Rights Movement in the South; the everyday life of the people who were fighting for their fundamental rights; and the tragic, yet still inspiring, funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. There will be time for questions and a reception will follow. There will be time for questions and a reception will follow. The exhibit will be open to the public in the Community Room of the library from January 14 to February 28.

NEW Part-time Job Opening

The Hudson Area Library is looking for a tutor for a new Seventh/Eighth Grade Tutoring Center beginning in March. This is a part-time contract position for Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5 – 7pm for 12 weeks. The Tutor will be working with students from the Hudson Junior High School one-on-one or in small groups. For more information visit our Job Openings page.

NYS Home Energy Efficiency Workshop

Cut Home Energy Costs, Increase Comfort, Address Climate Change  

Attend a residential energy efficiency workshop at the Hudson Area Library, 51 N. 5th Street, Hudson, NY, on January 28TH at 11:00 am, hosted by James Kopp. Even with the current relatively lower cost of energy, getting a home energy upgrade can help you cut utility expenses, live more comfortably and mitigate climate change. Se habla español. The event is free and open to the public and will be in the library’s community room, which is wheelchair accessible.

A free, or Reduced Cost, NYSERDA Home Energy Assessment and Energy Report gives you the information needed to determine a scope of work for an energy upgrade. 92% of New Yorkers qualify for a free assessment with no obligation.

Mr. Kopp will discuss your home energy needs, walk you through NYS’s energy programs and suggest DIY tips you can do yourself.

  • Energy Report: Learn how to apply and what Home Performance Contractors do during the home energy assessment. Get an Energy Report that details issues about health and safety, air infiltration, insulation, heating, lighting and appliances and payback periods.
  • Incentives: Learn about financial incentives. Middle to low income families qualify for a 50% discount up to a $4,000 cap, or $8,000 if your home has two to four units.
  • Low Interest Loans: Learn about low interest loan options and how you can arrange your loan so monthly payments are less than the average energy savings per month.
  • Free Services: Low-income families qualify for free services through EmPower NY.

 

Help spread the word, tell your neighbors about the workshop, do your part to save energy, live more comfortably, and address climate change.

NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. RUPCO, a nonprofit housing organization is a NYSERDA contractor doing outreach to homeowners.  

Remembering South Front Street

From January to March, the History Room is featuring a continuous video exhibit of Hudson from 1939 – 1966 through the home movies of Josepf (Jozef) Cipkowski (1900-1977). Mr. Cipkowski emigrated from Poland, settled in Hudson in 1925, and married Anna Piast of Cross Street. Together they owned and operated Chipp’s Market at 39 South Front Street from 1925-1970. The footage contains an astonishing record of haunting images – familiar and vanished streetscapes – that tell the story of South Front Street.

Jozef’s grandson, Peter Cipkowski, who was a frequent visitor to his grandparents’ exotic world on South Front Street, has digitized this historic footage. Peter has master’s degrees in history and education and is the author of two books published by John Wiley & Sons. Peter is the Hillsdale Town Supervisor and president of the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society.

This viewing is also made possible by the generous donation of iMac computers by Etsy.

Bengali Bandhan Cultural Celebration

The Library is proud to present the work of the Bengali Bandhan students as well as the song, dance, literature, and food of the Bangladeshi culture on Saturday, January 7, 2 – 4pm. Students will read Bangladeshi stories and poetry in English and Bengali, sing Bangladeshi songs, and perform traditional dance. Students’ writing in Bengali will be displayed. Families of the students and other members of the community will cook traditional Bangladeshi food for the public to sample. Hudson is a diverse, vibrant, welcoming place and this event offers a chance for all to experience one of the world’s cultures that is represented in the city.

The Bengali Bandhan Class meets Wednesdays 5pm at the Hudson Area Library to study reading, writing and speaking in Bengali and to study stories, poems, songs, and dance of the Bangladeshi culture.

Free Job Skills Workshop

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The Hudson Area Library, in collaboration with Literacy Connections of the Hudson Valley, will have free Job Skills One-on-One Consultations. You will get help with critical job-seeking skills like creating a resume, applying for jobs online, and selling your unique job talents in an interview. Children’s activities can be arranged when you schedule your appointment.

To sign up call 518-828-1792 x104, email colgreene@literacyconnections.org or stop by the library circulation desk. The Job Skills Consultations are made possible with support from a Mid-Hudson Library System adult literacy grant.

The Hudson Residence of Charles Alger

Engraving of the Charles C. Alger residence in Hudson, NY, 1858.

Engraving of the Charles C. Alger residence in Hudson, NY, 1858.

The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library as part of its Local History Speaker Series, is pleased to present The Hudson Residence of Charles C. Alger and His Patronage of Architect Alexander Jackson Davis, by Walter G. Ritchie, Jr.
This presentation is free and will be held on Thursday, December 1 at 6:00pm. in the Community Room.

In 1848, Charles Coffey Alger (1809-1874), a Massachusetts iron manufacturer, organized in conjunction with a number of Hudson’s leading businessmen the Hudson Iron Company. Designed by Alger, the new iron works went into operation in 1851, the same year that he built at the corner of Allen and Second Streets in Hudson a picturesque Gothic Revival brick house embellished with bargeboards, finials, and eared drip moldings. The residence, described by a local newspaper in 1867 as “a correct specimen of gothic architecture,” was a well-known landmark for many years, situated on a large property that extended down a slope to Cross Street. This lecture will discuss Alger’s house at 59 Allen Street and also address his patronage of the noted 19th-century New York architect Alexander Jackson Davis (1803-1892), who designed or remodeled at least three other residences for Alger.

This presentation will be held in the Community Room on the first floor of the Hudson Area Library, with wheelchair access. Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The History Room Committee’s Local History Speaker Series offers free monthly talks on diverse topics related to the history of Hudson, Greenport, Stockport, and Columbia County. The Hudson Area Library’s History Room houses a special collection that pertains to the history of the City of Hudson, as well as Columbia County and New York State. The History Room is open to the public on Saturdays from 10am-12pm, and by appointment.