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The Hudson Area Library, as part of its Local History Speaker Series, is pleased to present “Abolition and Women’s Rights in Local History” by the students of Hudson Community Schools’ Writing Center at the Hudson High School on Thursday, June 8 @ 6pm.
Through a New York Humanities Action Grant given to the library with matching funds from Hudson Community Schools, high school students at the Writing Center, have been involved in studying primary source documents, photos and places about the abolition and suffrage movements in our local area and New York State. The Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region and the Hudson Area Library History Room have provided primary sources and books for the students on these exciting topics. Mary Liz Stewart of the Underground Railroad History Project along with Gail Wheeler, coordinator of the Writing Center, have helped the students contextualize these documents in terms of our nation’s history and the principles of historic investigation. The students also took a trip to Auburn and Seneca Falls, NY to visit various sites important in abolition and women’s rights.
At the June 8 event at the library students will present an exhibition featuring creative responses to their study and the meaning that history holds for the present day. Art pieces will include dance, poetry, and drawing. Mary Liz and Paul Stewart, founders of the Underground Railroad History Project will be on hand to answer questions along with the students.
This exhibition will remain in the library throughout the summer and will move to the Community Room in September for discussion with visiting school groups.
We are pleased to host Operation Unite’s Costume & Wearable Art Workshop in the Library’s Community Room on May 26 from 4:30 to 6pm. Participants will create beautiful wearable items from recycled plastic bags to serve as costumes for Saturday May 27th performance with Artichoke Dance Company at Art Omi’s summer opening.
Please bring plastic bags to workshop.
Operation Unite and Art Omi collaborated with NYS DanceForce to bring Artichoke Dance Company to Columbia County for free community art and movement workshops, culminating in a public dance performance at Art Omi’s summer opening.
We are proud to present All Things Apple, a new class about using Mac computers, iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches; which will begin in June. This class is a four-week series on Mondays, June 5, 12, 19, and July 10, 6 – 7pm.
The class 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.
In All Things Apple, Mr. 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, donated by etsy, available for use in the class. All levels, including beginners, are welcome.
This class is free and open to the public and will be held in the Community Room outside of library hours. Space is limited and it is highly recommended that interested people sign up for the class by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling 518-828-1792 x101, or stopping by the library’s main desk.
Our History Room Local History Speaker Series event for May will feature Remembering Neefus Photography: Seven Decades of Unseen Images of Hudson by Wendover (Wendy) Neefus, III on Thursday, May 11 at 6pm.
Mr. Neefus will speak about the treasure trove of historic images of Hudson from the over 60 years that Neefus Photographers, once located at 743 Warren Street in Hudson, has been in business. A lot of people remember the photography studio on Warren Street as the place to go for graduation portraits and other life event photo sessions but the family also photographed buildings and life in and around Hudson during the three generations they were in business. Many of the negatives of these photographs were generously donated to our History Room Collection by Mr. Neefus and they have been digitized.
There is currently a video exhibition of the Neefus Collection that will run through May and can be viewed during library open hours. During his talk Mr. Neefus will show and discuss many of these unique historic photos.
The Neefus family has deep roots in Hudson. Originally they were descended from Cornelius Nevius, treasurer of New Amsterdam under Peter Stuyvesant. The Neefuses moved first to Nevis (between Clermont and Red Hook, NY) before moving to Hudson. Mr. Neefus himself was born in Dover, New Hampshire, where his father was a photography professor for the University of New Hampshire. His family then moved back to Hudson where Wendy was raised and attended Hudson High School. He went on to Southern New Hampshire University and joined his parents’ photography business in Hudson first in the darkroom and then, after attending photography school, began photographing weddings for Neefus Photographers. The Neefus studio closed July 2013 but their photographs still live on in our memories and Hudson’s history.
A question and answer period will follow Mr. Neefus’s talk. This event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the community room, which is wheelchair accessible. Refreshments are to follow.
We are pleased to present The Artistry of Lucy Swope, a career retrospective on the work of local poet, artist, and bookmaker Lucy Swope. Lucy Swope has been an artist all her life and this retrospective will feature her work from 1960 to the present. On exhibit will be relief sculptures, pen and ink drawings, etchings, as well as woodcuts and the reduction prints and storyboards of linoleum cuts done for her many books.
The Opening Reception will be Saturday May 13 from 3-5 pm and will feature readings from Lucy’s books. The Artistry of Lucy Swope will be on display in the library’s Community Room through July. Lucy’s woodcut prints and her books will be for sale during the exhibition with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to the library.
On the occasion of this retrospective Lucy writes, “Ever since I can remember I have been drawing and making things with my hands. It is my way of seeing, of knowing the world.” Her whole life has been dedicated to creating visual and written works of art. One of the striking qualities of Lucy’s artwork is her versatility. Early on sculpture was her chosen medium, so it is fitting that the earliest piece in the exhibition is the elegant relief of her three-day-old son, Andrew, born in 1960. When her family lived on the Zuni and Navajo reservations, Lucy worked primarily in drawings and woodcuts and those are represented in the exhibition. After receiving a BFA in creative writing and art, Lucy worked throughout the state of Vermont as artist in residence and served on the board of the Vermont Council of the Arts. She has received a Certificate of Recognition from the Vermont House of Representatives for her prodigious contribution to the arts in the state.
This event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the community room, which is wheelchair accessible. There will be refreshments after the book readings and a chance to speak with the artist.
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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.