Architectural Roots of New England Houses

Photo Credit: Ian Stewart

Program Description: The library, in collaboration with the Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History & the Gotham Center for New York City History, presents: A Truly American Form: Anglo Dutch Houses, Their Roots, Form, and Legacy by Ian Stewart. In the former New Netherland a new house form arose in the latter years of the 18th century and became a common sight in New England in the first half of the 19th century. This talk focuses on the framing of these houses and their various forms, as well as a brief discussion of their English and Dutch predecessors, and the circumstances which may have led to the creation of this hybrid.

Date/Time: Thursday, June 13, 2019, 6-7:30pm Continue reading

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Spring Fling Swing Dance at the Armory!

Howard Gibson photo of dance at the Armory in days gone by.

Program Description: The City of Hudson Senior Center and the library are proud to present Spring Fling Swing Dance at the Armory, a live music dance party with the Fabulous Versatones.

Date/Time: Saturday, May 18, 7-10pm.

Recommended Audience:  Attendees do not need to attend with a partner. Beginners, all ages, families are welcome.

Registration: Registration is preferred. Email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org Continue reading

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Library Fundraiser: Hudson History Bus Tour

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Program Description: Join our tenacious History Room researcher John Craig and Former Mayor Richard F. Tracy on the library’s first annual Hudson History Bus Tour for the lowdown on the REAL Hudson History! The tour begins and ends at Hudson Brewing Company (99 South 3rd Street) and winds its way through the streets of our beloved city stopping to discuss historic buildings, people, scandals and moments in history!

The tour is a fundraiser for the History Room and ticket prices will support the preservation, archiving, and digitizing of items in the library’s special collections pertaining to the history of the City of Hudson, Greenport and Stockport.

Date/Time: Sunday, June 9, 1-4pm.

Registration/Tickets: Tickets are $60 and seating is limited. To order tickets click here. Continue reading

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Library Story Time, Activities & Shop at Basilica’s Spring Farm & Flea

 

Photo courtesy of Basilica Hudson

Program Description: Story Time programs, crafts and activities, raffle prizes, and a shop will all be in the library tent at Basilica Hudson’s Spring Farm & Flea. The library’s Tween Advisory Council is selling t-shirts they designed and the History Room has items including tea towels, tshirts, postcards and notecards with historic Hudson image and giclèe prints of 1881 and 1923 Aeroview maps of Hudson. Come by Basilica Hudson’s amazing Farm & Flea and support our Tween Advisory Council and our History Room! Admission is $5 for the weekend, children 12 and under are free.

Date/Time: Saturday and Sunday, May 11 and 12, 10am-6pm, Sunday Story Times: 11-11:30am Pamela Badila & Folktales; 1-1:30pm Drag Queen Story Time

Location: Basilica Hudson, 110 South Front Street, Hudson, NY

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Local History Talk on Gothic Revival House on Fairview Avenue

Program Description: The library presents the latest in its History Room Local History Speaker series: “Still Standing: The Farrand House on Fairview” by Paul Barrett. This historic and architecturally unique house has been in the news lately as there are plans to tear it down. Come and hear the history of the house while it is still standing!

Date/Time: Thursday, April 11, 6-7:30pm.

Recommended Audience: All are welcome. No registration necessary. Continue reading

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Local History Talk: ‘Colonial New York’ and the World of Jacob Leisler

Courtesy of the Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library

Program Description: Lou Roper, Professor of History at SUNY-New Paltz, speaks on seventeenth-century colonial New York and the Hudson River Valley in the context of the larger Atlantic World. This local history talk is a collaboration of the library, Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History, Gotham Center for New York City History, and Greenport Historical Society.

Date/Time: Thursday, March 21, 6-7:30pm Continue reading

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Dr. Voorhees Discusses Women’s Role in the Leisler Rebellion

Program Description: The library, in collaboration with the Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History and the Gotham Center for New York City History, presents How Their Poor Wives Do: The Role of Women in Late Seventeenth-century New York Politics by David Voorhees. Widespread female violence against men is found in the records of the 1689 New York uprising popularly known as “Leisler’s Rebellion.” This talk by the director of the Leisler Institute explores this outburst of activism among New York women a generation after the English takeover of New Netherland.

Date/Time: Thursday, January 10, 6-7:30pm Continue reading

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Give the Gift of Hudson History This Holiday Season!

Bird’s Eye View of Hudson, New York, 1881

Not sure what to give that hard to shop for person? Not feeling the Black Friday madness? Looking for a unique gift that will create memories? The Hudson Area Library’s History Room can help with gifts that reflect the richness of the history of Hudson and Columbia County. Items for sale this holiday season include:

  • Notecards & postcards of historic Warren Street & other images of Hudson’s past
  • tshirts of historic Warren Street
  • giclèe prints of an original 1881 “Bird’s Eye View of Hudson, New York” (32.5” x 21.5”) map and a “1923 Aeroview of Hudson, New York” (43” x 22”) image created from a dirigible!

Interested shoppers can stop by the main desk at the library or go online where the History Room Shop is open 24/7 on our website at this link. Some of the History Room items will be featured at the library’s Winter Walk location, 427 Warren Street, on December 1, 5-8pm and all items are available at the library. Continue reading

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