History Room & Friends of Hudson Area Library Book Sale!

Our History Room Committee and the Friends of the Hudson Area Library will be partnering for the second time on a book sale in the Community Room on Saturday, March 24, 10am-2pm. This is a rare opportunity to purchase very unique books on local history as well as new and gently used books on a variety of subjects including art books as well as CDs and DVDs.   Continue reading

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Local History Speaker Series talk in Collaboration with the Leisler Institute

The Jacob Leisler Institute, in cooperation with the library, will present Libelers, Monsters, and Rebels: The Jacob Leisler Institute and Research into New York’s Neglected English Colonial Period on Thursday, February 22 at 6pm at the library. During this local history talk David Voorhees will discuss the Zenger Trial, the Claverack Giant and local Native tribes, the so-called Negro Conspiracy of 1741, and, of course, Jacob Leisler and the 1689-1691 Leisler’s Rebellion. The focus of this event will be on the integration of various European ethnic groups into a broader English colonial melting pot (Huguenots, Germans, Dutch, English, etc), and on the English manorial and political systems which continue to impact this region today.

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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Get Your Photo Taken With Your Former Self or a Relative in a Hudson High Yearbook!

Thanks to Library Clerk Anne Terwilliger and History Room volunteer Dan Miller, we now have over 100 years of Hudson High School Yearbooks in our History Room collection (1914 – 2017)! We discovered our young people are very interested in getting their photos taken with a parent’s yearbook photo (Larry Walker, Jr., pictured here, posing with the photo of Larry Walker, Sr. began this craze).

In celebration of our new seven-day schedule, on Sunday, February 11 from 1-4pm, we have the volunteer services of Tom Buckner, a local photographer, who will take your picture with your graduation photo or the graduation photo of a relative from the near or distant past. This is a free service and we will send you the digital file for your use. To make an appointment for a photo session email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org with your name, the yearbook date and name of person in the photo and we will give you an appointment.

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Local History Speaker Series: The History of the Black Community in Hudson

From the collection of Toni Cross, Shiloh Baptist Church, 1954

Our next Local History Speaker series is a collaboration with the SBK Social Justice Center’s Barbershop Talks. “The History of the Black Community in Hudson” will take place in the Library’s Community Room on Thursday, February 8 at 6pm.

Local long-time Hudson residents will speak on their roots in and/or migration to Hudson. They will discuss remembrances of  the Hudson they grew up in and what Hudson is like now. These local recollections of family, community, and civic life will be explored in relation to public affairs issues around the topics of education, criminal justice, health and human services, and quality of life on the local, state, and national level, with an emphasis on how it affects minorities and people of color. Continue reading

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A Holiday Gift Suggestion: A Local History Treasure!

Detail view of segment of “Aero-view of Hudson, NY”

Looking for a unique and timeless gift for a special someone this holiday season? The 1923 original of this dirigible’s-eye view of Hudson is part of the local history collection at the Hudson Area Library. It was meticulously cleaned and re-stored prior to being reproduced using an archival inkjet process. The result is this re-issue available in a museum quality frame with conservation glass ($450) or unframed ($150). It measures 43” x 22”.

Framed and unframed prints are available for purchase at The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street in Hudson and here at the library.

Proceeds from these sales benefit the Hudson Area Library.

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Video Installation of the Hudson Photos of Djelloul Marbrook

Photo Credit: Djelloul Marbrook

The library will be  featuring a video installation of “Hudson: Through the Lens of Djelloul Marbrook” viewable at the back of the library where the History Room is located from December 1, 2017 through January 31, 2018. Djelloul Marbrook, poet and local resident, has been photographing Hudson and observing its architecture, people and transformations for years and he has gathered a collection of these photos for viewing. Continue reading

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History Room and Friends of Hudson Area Library Book Sale!

Thursday, November 30, 3-7pm and Friday, December 1, 3-7pm

Just in time for the holiday season, the library’s History Room and the Friends of the Hudson Area Library will be partnering on a book sale in the community room. All books in the History Room collection have been vetted, organized and cataloged and duplicates and local history books outside of the purview of the History Room have been set aside for this sale. There are many books that are unique and valuable in this one time sale. All proceeds from the History Room sale will benefit the work and collection of the History Room.

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library will also be having their first book sale in the new library space. Books have been set aside for this purpose for the last year and a half. There are many current books, art books, and all books are in good condition. All proceeds from the Friends portion of the sale will benefit the Friends, who support library collections and programming.

There will also be homemade backed goods for sale during this event. So come out and support the library, get that unique book for someone on your shopping list, and enjoy a baked good!

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Local History Talk: The History of the Robert Jenkins House

Image available via Gossips of Rivertown

Join us Sunday, December 3 at 3pm for a Local History Speaker Series talk, “The History of the Robert Jenkins House, a home in Hudson” by Jeane La Porta and Pat Fenoff. The Robert Jenkins House has been owned by the Hendrick Hudson Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution 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.
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