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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History Room on Zoom: Ted Hilscher


In this episode of History Room on Zoom, Gary talks to Ted Hilscher, Associate Professor of History at Columbia-Green Community College. Ted is curating photographs of the urban renewal of Hudson, and would like your help identifying the buildings and people captured in there. Click here to view the photographic collection, and contact Ted here if you have any information that may help. 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: Kelley Drahushuk

In this episode of The History Room on Zoom, Gary interviews Kelley Drahushuk, a member of our History Room Committee and co-owner of Spotty Dog Books & Ale. 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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Introducing the History Room on Zoom!

Gary Sheffer, Library Trustee and History Room Chair, has started a podcast in which he interviews local history experts and aficionados. In our first episode, Gary interviews Peter Cipkowski, Hillsdale Town Supervisor and former president of the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society. We’ve embedded the video here for your convenience. If you want to see it on YouTube, please click here. For more interviews, videos, and to learn more about our community’s rich history, please visit our History Room page.

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Local History Talk on Oakdale Park

UPDATE: Out of concern for the well-being of our community, all Hudson Area Library programs, classes, group meetings, and events are currently suspended. For information on precautions to stay healthy, for links to government websites with the latest news on Covid-19, and for links to our library online resources visit this link.

Oakdale Beach, Hudson, 1965
Photo Credit: Howard Gibson

Program Description: The library and the Greenport Historical Society present: “Beyond the Farmyard: The Development of Oakdale Park”. Local historian Paul Barrett, in collaboration with John Craig, discusses how the Glenwood Boulevard neighborhood in Hudson developed and the importance of the 14-acre Oakdale Park for residents today.

Date/Time: Thursday, March 19, 6-7:30pm

Suggested Audience: This event is free and open to the public. It takes place in the community room of the library, which is wheelchair accessible. Continue reading

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RESCHEDULED: Local History Speakers Series Event

UPDATE: Out of concern for the well-being of our community, all Hudson Area Library programs, classes, group meetings, and events are currently suspended. For information on precautions to stay healthy, for links to government websites with the latest news on Covid-19, and for links to our library online resources visit this link.

Purchase of Manhattan Island from the Indians by the Dutch in 1626, William Ranney 1853

Program Description: The library and the Jacob Leisler Institute present “Imagination Aided by the Painter’s Brush”: The Creation of the Purchase of Manhattan, 1844–1909, a lecture by Stephen McErleane, Director of the New Netherland Institute.

Date/Time: This program will be rescheduled. The new date and time will be announced on the library website.

Audience/Registration: Free and open to the public. The library’s Community Room is wheelchair accessible. No registration required. Continue reading

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