Housing Narratives

photo credit: Murray Cox

We are pleased to present in partnership with Oral History Summer School, Housing Narratives; a conversation about community development and housing with multidisciplinary artist Walis Johnson and community organizer Sarita Daftary-Steel on July 1, 2017 at 10 am in the library’s community room.

Walis Johnson will present The Red Line Archive, a mobile public art project that engages New York City residents in a conversation about race and the history of the 1938 Red Line Map that helped create the segregated urban landscapes of the city. This “cabinet of curiosities” is wheeled along city streets, inviting people to freely associate about personal artifacts and documents from the artist’s family history in gentrifying Brooklyn.

Sarita Daftary will present her oral history project on East New York, a project designed to capture the experiences of East New York residents who lived in the neighborhood during the period when families of color (African American, West Indian, and Puerto Rican) moved in and white families moved out, and the resulting decline of services and quality of life that followed.
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Senior Fitness: Balance & Strength

We are happy to announce Senior Fitness: Balance & Strength with returning instructor Paul Spector. These fitness classes, offered in collaboration with the City of Hudson Senior Center, will run as a four part series on Saturdays, July 8, 15, 22, & 29, 2 – 3pm in the community room of the library. To sign up, please call 518-828-1792 x101, email smcintosh@hudsonarealibrary.org or stop by the library at 51 N 5th St. Hudson, NY. 

 

Balance is an essential part of all movement, at every level: dance, athletics, biking, boating, hiking, and plain old walking. Like all other capacities, the “use it or lose it” maxim holds true for balance. There are many reasons why our balance deteriorates with age. But the principal cause is lifestyle. Most adults don’t do much to challenge their balance skills. So those skills atrophy.

This workshop will introduce exercises that improve postural stability, core strength, spatial body awareness, sensory integration, agility and coordination. The class size will be kept small to allow greater flexibility in addressing the needs of each participant. The workshop is designed as a series of 4 classes. After completing the weekly sessions, the individual will have mastered a balance routine that can be continued independently at home.    
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Remembering Stonewall

Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera. NYC, June 24, 1973. Credit: Leonard Fink, courtesy of LGBT Community Center National History Archive

Please join us, Saturday, June 17 at 11am, in the Library’s community room for a special presentation in collaboration with Oral History Summer School and OutHudson in celebration of LGBTQ pride with a listening party pre-parade. Learn the history of the Stonewall Riots in the words of those who were there.

We’ll listen to “Remembering Stonewall,” produced by Storycorps founder, David Isay, followed by a short radio documentary made with LGBTQ teenagers in Columbia County. Area resident Ron Puhalski will be present to discuss his experience during the riots, as well.
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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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Operation Unite! Costume & Wearable Art Workshop

We are pleased to host Operation Unite’s Costume & Wearable Art Workshop in the Library’s Community Room on May 26 from 4:30 to 6pm. Participants will create beautiful wearable items from recycled plastic bags to serve as costumes for Saturday May 27th performance with Artichoke Dance Company at Art Omi’s summer opening.

Please bring plastic bags to workshop.  

Operation Unite and Art Omi collaborated with NYS DanceForce to bring Artichoke Dance Company to Columbia County for free community art and movement workshops, culminating in a public dance performance at Art Omi’s summer opening.

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All Things Apple with James Pendegrast

We are proud to present All Things Apple, a new class about using Mac computers, iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches; which will begin in June. This class is a four-week series on Mondays, June 5, 12, 19, and July 10, 6 – 7pm.

The class will be taught by James Pendergrast, a former Apple employee who was a certified trainer in the Soho Apple store for 11 years. In his former job, Mr. Pendergrast helped users successfully navigate and get the best out of their Apple computers and devices. He was also the editorial cartoonist for Rolling Stone magazine for over twenty years,  had drawings in Tennis Magazine, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and has published two books of his drawings. Continue reading

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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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Exhibit: The Artistry of Lucy Swope

We are pleased to present The Artistry of Lucy Swope, a career retrospective on the work of local poet, artist, and bookmaker Lucy Swope. Lucy Swope has been an artist all her life and this retrospective will feature her work from 1960 to the present. On exhibit will be relief sculptures, pen and ink drawings, etchings, as well as woodcuts and the reduction prints and storyboards of linoleum cuts done for her many books.

The Opening Reception will be Saturday May 13 from 3-5 pm and will feature readings from Lucy’s books. The Artistry of Lucy Swope will be on display in the library’s Community Room through July. Lucy’s woodcut prints and her books will be for sale during the exhibition with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to the library.
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