Opening Reception: Wish You Were Here: A Look Back at Life in Hudson Through Vintage Postcards

Program Description: Wish You Were Here: A Look Back at Life in Hudson Through Vintage Postcards is the library’s first ever History Room collection exhibit; curated by David Murphy of Hudson, former president of the library’s Board of Trustees and a member of its History Room Committee. The opening includes a presentation on the collection, hosted by Gary Sheffer, a native of Hudson.

This will be followed by a wine and cheese reception. The library will also have note cards and tshirts for sale with an image of an iconic historic Hudson postcard. For more information email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 6, 6 – 8pm                                      Exhibition: September 6 – October 31, 2018

What did people do to connect with each other before telephones, internet, and instant messaging? Many sent postcards, even if it was to a friend or relative just a few miles away. Wish You Were Here examines and celebrates that era.

The Hudson Area Library History Room has collected an extensive set of postcards from this river city, most from the early 1900s, that tell charming personal stories about life here 100 years ago. The collection illuminates how essential this widely used method of communications was for travelers, family and friends in and around Hudson. It includes many street scenes of Hudson, prominent buildings such as the county courthouse, and parks such as Promenade Hill.  

We are proud to make the images available to the general public. In addition to this two month exhibition we are also making the images of our postcards available in our page on the Hudson River Valley Heritage’s Digital Collections.

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