Abolition & Women’s Rights in Local History

Students from Hudson Community School’s Writing Center at the Harriet Tubman grave site in Auburn, NY.

The Hudson Area Library, as part of its Local History Speaker Series, is pleased to present “Abolition and Women’s Rights in Local History” by the students of Hudson Community Schools’ Writing Center at the Hudson High School on Thursday, June 8 @ 6pm.

Through a New York Humanities Action Grant given to the library with matching funds from Hudson Community Schools, high school students at the Writing Center, have been involved in studying primary source documents, photos and places about the abolition and suffrage movements in our local area and New York State. The Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region and the Hudson Area Library History Room have provided primary sources and books for the students on these exciting topics. Mary Liz Stewart of the Underground Railroad History Project along with Gail Wheeler, coordinator of the Writing Center, have helped the students contextualize these documents in terms of our nation’s history and the principles of historic investigation. The students also took a trip to Auburn and Seneca Falls, NY to visit various sites important in abolition and women’s rights.

At the June 8 event at the library students will present an exhibition featuring creative responses to their study and the meaning that history holds for the present day. Art pieces will include dance, poetry, and drawing. Mary Liz and Paul Stewart, founders of the Underground Railroad History Project will be on hand to answer questions along with the students.

This exhibition will remain in the library throughout the summer and will move to the Community Room in September for discussion with visiting school groups.

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Free Summer Teen Theatre Program with Teaching Artist Carol Rusoff

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Independent teaching artist, Carol Rusoff, will be teaching an exciting, intensive and free teen theatre program this summer at the library. The program, “Page to Stage”, will run July 10 – August 3, Monday – Thursday, 5 – 7pm with evening performances on August 2 & 3 and a morning performance on August 4. Participants will adapt children’s stories as interactive theatre pieces and will perform their original “Pajama Plays” for families with young children.

This program is for teens of all levels of experience. Students will have the opportunity to learn theatre exercises, and practice improvisational and rehearsed theatre and scene work. They will choose from their favorite childhood stories and will create original plays to perform for audiences in the library’s community room.
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Remembering Neefus Photography, A Local History Speaker Talk

1958. Wendy Neefus, Jr. outside Neefus Studio on Warren Street.

Our History Room Local History Speaker Series event for May will feature Remembering Neefus Photography: Seven Decades of Unseen Images of Hudson by Wendover (Wendy) Neefus, III on Thursday, May 11 at 6pm.

Mr. Neefus will speak about the treasure trove of historic images of Hudson from the over 60 years that Neefus Photographers, once located at 743 Warren Street in Hudson, has been in business. A lot of people remember the photography studio on Warren Street as the place to go for graduation portraits and other life event photo sessions but the family also photographed buildings and life in and around Hudson during the three generations they were in business. Many of the negatives of these photographs were generously donated to our History Room Collection by Mr. Neefus and they have been digitized.
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Our NEW Spring Parent Child Academy at the Library Begins Saturday, April 29!

Our new 5-week Parent Child Academy will be Saturdays, 10:30am – 1pm, Apr. 29, May 6, 13, 20 & 27. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Families with a child, birth to five, can join a supportive community of families and learn how to help your child read. We will be having fun activities, field trips, book giveaways and prizes and more!

On Saturday, May 6 families will each be given a gift certificate to spend at the Hudson Children’s Book Festival. After meeting at the library and receiving a bag lunch and the gift certificates, attendees and the Academy teacher Kathy Mabb and other library personnel will ride the festival bus (which will be stopping at the library) to the Hudson Children’s Book Festival for a day of fun, activities and shopping for children’s books.
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Thanks to All Who Helped us Celebrate our One Year at The Armory!

The Armory wore its party hat for the library’s one year celebration.

Thank you all: patrons, volunteers, board members, staff, Friends of the Hudson Area Library, musicians, dancers, programs presenters and video creators! Our Saturday, April 8 Open House: One Year at the Armory was a great success. We had a raucous, fun, community-oriented, history-exploring, book checking out, music-listening, dance-enjoying, video-viewing, people-watching, seeing-old-&-new-friends time! See our photos and video on Facebook and Instagram.

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At Ease: The Social Side of the Hudson Armory

An August 1947 advertisement for an evening of dancing & music at The Hudson Armory

The library’s History Room, as part of its Local History Speaker Series, and in honor of our year at The Armory, is pleased to present a talk on the social aspect of The Hudson Armory by Paul Barrett, on Thursday, April 27 at 6pm. Mr. Barrett, a researcher and local historian, is a sales agent for Hunt Real Estate and owner of The Country Squire B&B here in Hudson.

The State Armory in Hudson provided space for local militia to gather, train and store arms and ammunition. “Preparedness,” as it was called, was a serious function of the armory. The Hudson Armory was also used as a community center providing a place for social functions, public meetings, sporting events and fundraisers. Mr. Barrett will discuss how The Hudson Armory served as the backdrop for a wide variety of venues including beauty contests, big band performances, basketball tournaments, business expositions, exotic car shows and was even the center of a controversial brush with The Cold War.

This presentation is free and open to the public and will be in the library’s community room, which is wheelchair accessible. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. A question and answer period will follow, accompanied by light refreshments.

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One-on-One Job Search Help

We are now offering two different ways to receive one-on-one job search help:

1.) By appointment with Heather Martin, Area Coordinator of Literacy Connections or
2.) Fridays 10am – 12pm with Beth Gordon, NCDA trained Career Development Facilitator.

Both of these one-on-one sessions will focus on resume and cover letter writing, online job applications, job search resources, and interview preparation. Job hunters should have basic computer skills and bring a copy of their resume if they have one.

To sign up call 518-828-1792 x101, email brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org or stop by the library circulation desk. The Job Search Help Consultations are made possible, in part, with support from a Mid-Hudson Library System adult literacy grant.

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Cooking Class for Teens and Seniors

We are happy to announce the next program in our ongoing collaboration with the City of Hudson Senior Center with a free intergenerational cooking class for teens and seniors on Monday, April 10 at 3:30pm taught by local chef and educator Nicole Lobue. This class will give the teen and senior attendees an opportunity to interact as a community of learners and tasters of delicious food. At the teens’ request this first session will cover how to cook (healthy) fried chicken. The class will be held in the senior center on the second floor of the Galvan Armory.

Instructor Nicole Lobue is a chef, herbalist, and educator. Nicole’s work has linked food, wellness, service and education in various collaborations, organizations, and in her own private practice. She is a co-founder and co-educator of Wild Gather, an herbalism school in the Hudson Valley, a co-founder of Kite’s Nest, an alternative learning center for young people in Hudson, NY. She is also the Culinary Arts Director of the Alimentary Kitchen in Hudson, where she facilitates workshops and experiences that offer a supportive environment for children and teenagers to pursue and develop a relationship to herbalism, wellness, self care, food access and food justice. Across her work — in her herbalism practice, in the kitchen, or in the classroom — Nicole creates spaces that foster critical inquiry and systems-thinking, connection to plants and to the natural world, and that speak to the intersections between political, personal, and ecological well-being.

Registration is on a first come/first serve basis. Please visit the front desk at the Hudson Area Library, or call 518.828.1792 x101 to sign up and fill out a registration form.

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