Happy Juneteenth!

Juneteenth is an annual holiday that celebrates the emancipation of African Americans who were enslaved in the United States. It commemorates the arrival of Union troops to Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, to announce the end of slavery – two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation. This week both New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson formally acknowledged Juneteenth as a State and City holiday.

As we celebrate the 155th Juneteenth, we have compiled a list of events and educational resources for those who wish to learn more about and commemorate this celebration of African American freedom.

Events

Juneteenth Family Reunion – a day-long, in-person event held on Friday, June 19 in Hudson celebrating this important holiday and our black community. For more information, visit the event page on Facebook.

#blkfreedom – a virtual commemorative program in honor of the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth, offered in collaboration between Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (Detroit, MI), Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park (Hilton Head Island, SC), Northwest African American Museum (Seattle, WA), Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater (Miami, FL), National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (Cincinnati, OH), and the National Civil Rights Museum (Memphis, TN).

Resources

Juneteenth: A Celebration of Resistance – videos and articles discussing the history, significance, and celebration of Juneteenth, from The National Museum of African American History & Culture

Teaching Juneteenth – an educational resource for parents, educators, and other youth-service providers on teaching young people about the hard history surrounding Juneteenth while also empowering them to be advocates for change. From Teaching Tolerance, a project of The Southern Poverty Law Center.

“The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro” – a famous speech by Frederick Douglass about the paradox of July 4 as Independence Day during slavery; Juneteenth is also known as Black Independence Day.

Explore Juneteenth through our physical and digital collections and online resources. Click here to see what is available through our online catalog (note: until June 22, to place a hold on a physical item you will need to call or email the library).

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Core Strength & Balance w/ More Core & More Balance!

In this video Dr. Paul Spector continues his regular Virtual Core Strength & Balance class with more advanced work building from the basic exercises that can make us all steadier and healthier. These classes also include breath work to de-stress our bodies and minds. Classes continue Saturdays, 1:30-2:30pm throughout the summer. Come and join us by emailing programs@hudsonarealibrary.org to attend the class regularly.

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History Room on Zoom: Tina Lesem and David Voorhees

In this episode of The History Room on Zoom, Gary interviews Tina Lesem and David Voorhees, of the Jacob Leisler Institute. The Jacob Leisler Institute studies the history of New York from 1664-1775. The three discuss this very important, but overlooked, period. We’ve embedded the video here for your convenience. If you wish to view the video on YouTube, please click here. For more interviews and videos, and to learn more about our community’s rich history, please visit our History Room page.

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Important Virtual Programming Update

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Many have been enjoying our virtual programming, offered via Zoom, while the library facility is closed. In order to keep your Zoom meetings safe and secure, we strongly recommend regularly updating your Zoom app. This is especially important now, as Zoom will be forcing an update, starting May 30, for anyone running anything older than Zoom Version 5. Zoom is activating a special encryption to make meetings more secure, but it won’t work on older versions of Zoom.

Be sure to check your app store for updates, or click “Check for Updates” in Zoom on your computer. For more information about how to update Zoom, click here. If you would like additional assistance, please email reference@hudsonarealibrary.org. If you’re interested in joining any of our virtual programming, please click here.

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History Room on Zoom: Marie O’Toole

In this episode of The History Room on Zoom, Gary interviews Marie O’Toole, the archivist for the History Room. Gary and Marie talk about archiving a recent donation of papers from the Columbia Memorial Hospital’s School of Nursing. We’ve embedded the video here for your convenience. If you wish to view the video on YouTube, please click here. For more interviews and videos, and to learn more about our community’s rich history, please visit our History Room page.

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History Room on Zoom: Ken Sheffer

In this episode of The History Room on Zoom, Gary interviews his brother Ken Sheffer about the history of the MC Smith building and playing fields. Find out how Hudson got a deal from the New Deal with their very own FDR connection. We’ve embedded the video here for your convenience. If you wish to view the video on YouTube, please click here. For more interviews and videos, and to learn more about our community’s rich history, please visit our History Room page.

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History Room on Zoom: Rob Perry

In this episode of The History Room on Zoom, Gary interviews Rob Perry, head of Hudson’s DPW. They talk about rumors of underground tunnels, a subject inspired by some recent research requests to the History Room! We’ve embedded the video here for your convenience. If you wish to view the video on YouTube, please click here. For more interviews and videos, and to learn more about our community’s rich history, please visit our History Room page. We even have a form for you to submit your own research request!

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