Local History Speaker Series Presents: John Paul Keeler


The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to welcome John Paul Keeler to the library on Thursday, June 4th at 6:00 pm as a guest speaker in the Hudson Area Library’s Local History Speaker Series. Mr. Keeler will offer a discussion on “Hudson: Then and Now” with a viewing of photos from his personal collection to follow. There will be a question and answer period afterward, followed by light refreshments.

Mr. Keeler was known locally in his early years as a classical singer and the creator and performer in a summer concert series at Olana during the tenure of Mr. Slavin. Keeler has been writing on music, theatre and art since 1963 when he was music editor for the New York Magazine Report. He came out of retirement when the Renaissance of the Arts occurred in the region and in the Twin Counties. He has contributed reviews since then for the Hudson Catskill Media in the well-received “On The Scene” section in the Register Star and Catskill Daily Mail. Mr. Keeler continues to lecture and his lecture at Saint Thomas Moore College in New Hampshire on Art last season was well received.

The presentation will be held on the first floor of the Hudson Area Library, with wheelchair access on the northeast side of the building. 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 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 Tuesday evenings from 5:30-7:30pm, every other Saturday starting May 23rd, and by appointment. The Hudson Area Library is located at 400 State St. in Hudson, NY. The mission of the Hudson Area Library is to enrich the quality of life in the chartered service area by providing educational, recreational, aesthetic, cultural and informational programs, services, and materials to all our citizens. For more information: hudsonarealibrary.org or call (518) 828-1792.

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