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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.
Jeane La Porta, who is Regent of the Hudson Chapter, will give background information on the history of the DAR, including the Hendrick Hudson Chapter, as well as, Claverack Landing and the founding of the city of Hudson as a prelude to discussion of the construction and history of the beautiful 206 year old house that the chapter calls home. The program will include visuals and many photographs will give the audience a rare peek into areas that are not open to the public.
Pat Fenoff, Collections Manager for the Chapter, is assisting with selection and care of a special piece from the historic collection which will be displayed for the event.
A question and answer period and refreshments will follow the talk. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.
The Hendrick Hudson Chapter, NSDAR, maintains the Robert Jenkins House Genealogical, Research, and History Reading Room, which contains a growing collection of Columbia County and regional genealogy, and the Robert Jenkins House Historical Collection as a repository for memorabilia relating to the history of the area, the city of Hudson and the whaling industry.
By now, many of you know that we are hosting a workshop performance of a brand new opera based on Khaled Hosseini’s book A Thousand Splendid Suns. Showcasing this “work in progress” is a great opportunity for our library. Not only is the book a bestseller, but the composer and librettist have each received awards for their earlier works. And, the opera has just been picked up for the 2020 season by Seattle Opera!
Stephen Kitsakos and Sheila Silver appeared on WAMC Public Radio’s The Roundtable to talk about this new work. Click Here to listen to the archive of the interview.
Film Screening of Act I: Thursday, November 9, 6pm
Workshop Performances of Act II: Saturday, November 18, 1pm & 4pm
There is no charge, but reservations are requested.
To reserve seats for the November 9 film screening of Act I (performed at Manhattan’s Trinity Church last year, pictured above), email email@example.com
To reserve seats for the 1pm or 4pm workshop performances of Act II on November 18 CLICK HERE.
By popular demand: Peter Cipkowski will offer a repeat of this talk on Thursday, November 2 at 6pm in the Library’s Community Room.
Join us for the latest in our Local History Speaker series: “A Brief History of Hudson’s Experience with Urban Renewal” by Peter Cipkowski on Thursday, October 26 at 6pm. Cipkowski will give an illustrated talk about Hudson’s urban renewal in the 1970s, a massive undertaking that impacted hundreds of families and changed the city forever.
The presentation, based on historical documents and conversations with project leaders and local residents, will provide both context and an overview of how, and why, urban renewal unfolded in Hudson. It will address many of the questions we all wonder about: How was the urban renewal project funded? What were its original objectives? Did it succeed in meeting its goals? What was lost? Was it worth it? What has the experience taught us about planning, preservation, and economic growth? How did it compare with similar projects in the Hudson Valley and beyond? What lessons, if any, are there for us as Hudson continues to evolve?
As a boy, Peter Cipkowski was a frequent visitor to his grandparents’ grocery store and family home at 39 South Front Street, torn down in 1970. His uncle, Edward Cipkowski, served on the staff of the Hudson Urban Renewal Agency. Peter has degrees in history and education from Bard College and Carnegie Mellon and is the author of two books published by John Wiley & Sons. Peter is Hillsdale Town Supervisor and President of the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society.
This event is free and open to the public. A question and answer period and reception will follow the talk. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.
We are proud to present our second series of All Things Apple, a class about using Mac computers, iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches. This class is a four-week series meeting on Mondays, October 30, November 6, 13, 20, from 6-7pm.
In the class, instructor James Pendergrast will cover the use of iPhone, iPad, Mac computer, Apple Watch, and other Apple hardware and software products. Students will learn the basics of iPhone, iPad and Mac computer use as well as how to customize the device to work best for them; taking, editing and sharing photos on your device; utilizing iCloud services including backup and restoring data; using the Apple office products Pages, Numbers and Keynote; using the Photos program on the Mac to store, organize, and edit your photos.
It is recommended that attendees bring their devices and there will be Macbooks and iMacs available for use in the class. All levels, including beginners, are welcome.
All Things Apple 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.
This class is free and open to the public and will be held in the Community Room after library hours. Space is limited and it is highly recommended that interested people sign up for the class by emailing email@example.com, calling 518-828-1792 x101, or stopping by the library’s main desk.
Join the Hudson Area Library Book Group on Wednesday, November 8 at 3:30pm for a discussion of A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. Books may be borrowed through the Mid-Hudson Library System.
About the book:
Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them-in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul-they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation. With heart-wrenching power and suspense, Hosseini shows how a woman’s love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice, and that in the end it is love, or even the memory of love, that is often the key to survival. A stunning accomplishment, A Thousand Splendid Suns is a haunting, heartbreaking, compelling story of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love.
On Saturday, November 18, the library will be hosting a workshop performance of ACT II of A Thousand Splendid Suns-The Opera. For more information on the event and how to register for tickets click here
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Adult Introduction to Spanish Classes
Dates: Tuesday Evenings 6:15pm-7:15pm (see calendar for current dates)
Learn to express yourself in real life situations and improve your Spanish language skills for work, travel, or just for fun! Lessons include grammar and vocabulary as well as an introduction to arts and culture from different countries. This free program offers adult learners an opportunity to develop and enhance their conversational Spanish skills in a fun, mixed-level class. For more information, contact the library at 518-828-1792.
Columbia County Photography Club
Dates: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Photographers of all ages and skill levels are welcome to join. Share tips and techniques and support one another in photographic endeavors. For more info call Paul at 518-828-5887 after 4:45 or email abit @ mhcable.com
Hudson Library Book Club
Meets once per month in the early evening. Dates are decided for the next month at the group’s meeting.
For more information, contact the library at 518-828-1792. All are welcome.
Local History Speaker Series
The History Room Committee’s Local History Speaker Series offers monthly talks on diverse topics related to the history of Hudson, Greenport, Stockport, and Columbia County. Check the library calendar or contact us for information on upcoming events.