History Room Programs

Only the most recent five History Room Program announcements are shown here. Go to History Room Programs Archive for complete listings.


Posted: July 18, 2018
Adults, Children, History Room, News, Programs

Oakdale Lake Picnic & Oakdale Past and Future Exhibition

Oakdale Lake June 1963. Howard Gibson Collection.

 Program Description: Friends of Hudson Youth and Friends of Oakdale Lake will throw the first annual Oakdale Lake Picnic open to all of Hudson, ushering in a new era of community use and involvement at Oakdale. There will be free hot dogs with pickles made by Oakdale campers and Hawthorne Valley sauerkraut; Stewart’s ice cream; and a DJ. The Oakdale Picnic offers the first ever viewing of a new exhibit, co-created by the Hudson Area Library,  Friends of Hudson Youth and Friends of Oakdale Lake. The exhibit, “Oakdale Past & Future,”  includes historic photographs, maps, and memorabilia on Oakdale.

Date/Time: Thursday, August 9, 4-6pm

The exhibit, “Oakdale Past & Future,” consists of black and white photographs of Oakdale Lake in its heyday, maps and quotes from early Oakdale Lake plans, beginning in 1911, an original color 1995 plan that includes design elements never implemented, and a concise history of Hudson’s relationship with its own lake. An expanded exhibit will be remounted by the Hudson Area Library in January 2019.

Representatives from Friends of Hudson Youth and Friends of Oakdale Lake, as well as from the Hudson Valley Initiative, a program of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation, and Planning, will be on hand to talk about plans for improvement of Oakdale Lake and organizational goals and results. For more information email Info@hudsonyouth.org or call 518.828.1792 x101.

The Oakdale Picnic is made possible by the generous support of the City of Hudson, Metzwood Insurance, the Friends of Hudson Youth, and the Friends of Oakdale Lake.

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Posted: June 3, 2018
Adults, History Room, Programs, Young Adults

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 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.

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

In an artist profile for Greene County Council on the Arts David McDonald writes: “Apparently, tons of people in the town of Hudson had served as extras in the movie or played a part in the production…so I got it into my head to do a short video about [people’s] memories of the event. To do so, I thought I should sit through the old movie, and when I did so, I was gobsmacked.  That movie, all about the price of intolerance, was as relevant for today’s world as it had been in 1959. I was hooked.” McDonald’s documentary is a “film-about-a-film”.

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.

For more information email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

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Posted: May 15, 2018
Adults, Children, History Room, Programs, Young Adults

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.

There will be a wonderful display of the American flag throughout history provided by the Hudson Elks Lodge 787. Dan Shaughnasey, member and past Exalted Ruler of the Hudson Elk’s Lodge 787, will present how to properly care for, display, and dispose of the flag. Shaughnasey, a Hudson native and U.S. Army veteran, will also teach guests the proper flag folding techniques.

Hudson Flag Day Parade Committee members Skip Kastner and Michael Madison will be sharing information about the history and significance of Flag Day. Dressed in their uniforms, Kastner and Madison will provide insight into one of Hudson’s most popular holidays and beloved parades. Historic Hudson Flag Day parade images will also be displayed. For more information on the Flag Day Parade or to make a donation to the parade visit: http://hudsonflagdayparade.org/

This program is free and open to the public. It will take place in the Hudson Area Library Community Room, which is wheelchair accessible.

For more information email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

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Posted: May 15, 2018
Adults, History Room, Programs

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

Program Description: 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. 

Date/Time: Thursday, June 21, 6 – 7:30pm

Place: 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.

Ms. Rose is the author of nine books on the Dutch influence in America and on Hudson Valley food. She has lectured on a variety of topics related to Dutch and Dutch-American culinary history recently at: The University of Amsterdam, but also at The National Gallery; The Smithsonian Institute; Harvard University’s Fogg Museum;  New York University; the New York State Library; the New York Historical Society; as well as more than a hundred other historical societies and libraries in New York State and various museums in the Netherlands, including the Mauritshuis National Picture Gallery in The Hague.

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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Posted: April 19, 2018
Adults, History Room, Programs

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.

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. Jeane is also the Town of Claverack Historian. The program will include visuals and many photographs will give the audience a rare peek into areas that are not open to the public. The Greenport Garden Club will be providing flower arrangements throughout the house for this special spring tour.

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. 

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