Know Your Flag: History of the American Flag & Flag Day

From Ciancetti/Neefus Photo Collection in Hudson Area Library History Room

Program Description: Commemorate the 241st year since the adoption of the American flag, with presentations about the history and importance of the flag, of Flag Day itself and of our ever popular Hudson Flag Day Parade. There will also be a special American flag cake.

Date/Time: Thursday, June 7 from 6-7:30pm

Suggested Audience: This is a family-friendly event.

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LHSS: Odds Against Tomorrow Screening & Discussion

Program Description: The library’s History Room is pleased to present a special screening & discussion of Odds Against Tomorrow with documentary filmmaker David McDonald. Odds Against Tomorrow is a 1959 film noir starring Harry Belafonte that was filmed in Hudson and New York City and used many Hudsonians for cast and crew. There will be a preview of McDonald’s trailer for his documentary in progress about the filming of “Odds Against Tomorrow” and a discussion about the film, followed by the screening. The movie runs for about one hour and forty minutes. This program is open to the public and there is a suggested donation. Snacks and refreshments will be available at a cash bar.

Date/Time: Thursday, June 28 from 6-8pm.

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Leisler Institute Presents a Library Local History Talk on Cookbooks as Historical Documents

The Jacob Leisler Institute, in cooperation with the library and the Gotham Center for New York History, presents A Taste of Change: Hand-Written Cookbooks as Documents of Social and Family History by Peter G. Rose on Thursday, June 21 at 6pm at the library.

Cookbooks and scrapbooks tell us a lot more than just how a dish is made. What recipes are included often give us an indication of the family’s ethnicity and how that ethnicity was retained over generations through the continuation of customs and celebrations. Using her knowledge of Dutch customs and food history, culinary historian Peter G. Rose will discuss examples of such recipe/scrap-books, dating as far back as the late seventeenth century. They show the continued identification with the forebears, but also the gradual assimilation. Photographs of pages in cookbooks as well as seventeenth-century paintings will illustrate the talk. The audience is encouraged to bring old family cookbooks/recipe boxes and a discussion of the importance of saving such items is part of the program. Continue reading

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Robert Jenkins House & the DAR : Tour & Talk

 

Postcard Image via Gossips of Rivertown

Hudson Area Library History Room and the Hendrick Hudson Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution present “The History of the Robert Jenkins House, a home in Hudson: A Tour & Talk” by Jeane La Porta on Thursday, May 10 at 6pm.

This program is a rare opportunity to tour and learn about the history of this building, at 113 Warren Street, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Robert Jenkins House has been owned by the Hendrick Hudson Chapter of the DAR since 1900. The house was built in 1811 by  Robert Jenkins, son of one of the original Proprietors of the City of Hudson, who went on to serve as third and fifth mayor of Hudson.

The program, which includes the talk and tour, is free and open to the public but registration is required and space is limited so register as soon as possible by emailing programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, calling 518-828-1792 x101, or visiting the main desk in the library. Continue reading

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Local History Talk: The History and Work of Preserving the Jan Van Hoesen House

The Jan Van Hoesen House on Route 66

The library History Room presents the latest in its Local History Speaker Series: The History and Work of Preserving the Jan Van Hoesen House by Ed Klingler on Thursday, April 26 at 6pm. If you have driven by this distinctive Dutch colonial style house on Route 66 near the Dutch Village Mobile Home Park and wondered about its mysterious presence, now is your chance to learn about its history and significance!

The program’s speaker, Ed Klingler, is a co-founder of the Van Hoesen House Historical Foundation and has been a builder specializing in accurate historic restorations for over forty years – an interest cultivated in him by the Van Hoesen house as a child growing up in Columbia County in the 1960’s. Continue reading

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Celebrating the Life of Megan Carr-Wilks at Women’s History Event

Assemblymember Didi Barrett will be hosting a celebration of the life of former NYPD officer and Hudson resident Megan Carr-Wilks on Friday, March 23 at 4pm in the library’s Community Room. The event coincides with the release of the fifth volume of Assemblymember Barrett’s “Women’s History in the Hudson Valley: Ten Stories from Columbia and Dutchess Counties” booklet in celebration of Women’s History Month. Megan Carr-Wilks is one of ten remarkable Hudson Valley women honored in this year’s booklet. The event is open to the public.

Megan’s family and friends will share stories about her life and contributions to our community. Megan was an officer with the NYPD during the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, and later moved to Hudson where she worked as a School Resource Officer with the Hudson City School District. She passed away in 2017 from cancer related to her service as a first-responder during 9/11. Continue reading

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The Library Partners with Leisler Institute & Gotham Center on Local History Talk on Native Americans

The Jacob Leisler Institute, in cooperation with Hudson Area Library and the Gotham Center for New York History, will present Natives on the Land: American Indians in the Mid-Hudson Valley by Dr. William A. Starna on Thursday, April 19 at 6pm at the library.

William Starna is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the State University of New York, Oneonta. He is a long-time student of the Iroquoian and Algonquian peoples of eastern North America, in addition to federal and state Indian relations. He has received several fellowships including from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a Senior Fellowship at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, and a New York State Library Research Residency. Dr. Starna is a Fellow of the New York Academy of History and a member of the board of trustees, The Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History. For many years Starna was a consultant with the Native American Rights Fund and has worked with over twenty American Indian tribes on land claims, treaty rights, and the federal acknowledgement process. He has written many books and articles on Native American and colonial history.

A question and answer period and refreshments will follow the talk. For more information email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

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Local History Speaker Series: The General Worth Hotel: Hudson’s Second Grand Home

Join us for the Local History Speaker series presentation “The General Worth Hotel: Hudson’s Second Grand Home” by Gary Sheffer on Thursday, March 22 at 6pm.

Many long-time Hudsonians remember the dying days of The General Worth Hotel at 215 Warren Street: the collapsing ceilings, the rotted windows, and the omnipresent pigeons. The glorious life of this once-grand hotel came to an end in 1969, when it was razed after it was deemed a public health and safety hazard — despite the fact that it had been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more than 100 years, this urban Greek Revival hotel was the cultural and hospitality center of Hudson, with waiters and waitresses speeding across a black-and-white tile floor to serve dinner to patrons, wedding celebrants, and the regulars. Named after Hudson’s most famous resident, General William Jenkins Worth (as in Fort Worth, Texas), the hotel was built in 1836-37 when Hudson was a bustling port city. Writer Henry James allegedly arrived for dinner in 1905, “with two ladies and a French poodle.” Told the dog was not welcome, he dined elsewhere.

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