The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to welcome Bob Taylor to the library on Thursday, October 22 at 6:00pm as the guest speaker in the Hudson Area Library’s Local History Speaker Series. Mr. Taylor will discuss living at the Hudson-Athens lighthouse in the early days, built in 1874, and raising a family there. He will further compare the hardships of family life at the Hudson-Athens lighthouse with the challenges faced today by modern lighthouse keepers and preservationists.
Bob Taylor has retired after spending 36 years in front of the classroom first as a mathematics and computer teacher at Pittsfield High School and then as a computer teacher at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, MA where he continues to work part time in the area of academic advising. Taylor’s involvement with the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Preservation Society goes back to over a decade and for more than two decades his hobby has been visiting, climbing and photographing lighthouses around the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
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 Saturdays from 10am-12pm 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.