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: October 5, 2018
Adults, History Room, News, Programs

Kelley Drahushuk Leads Cedar Park Cemetery Tour with New Additions!

Last year’s tour was a big hit!

Program Description: The library and Greenport Historical Society is once again offering Kelley Drahushuk’s very popular Tales from Hudson’s Crypts: The TourKelley will speak about the history of the original cemetery, more recent discoveries as well as its current layout and she will discuss specific histories of some of the more prominent people buried there. New information will be included in  this year’s tour. The tour will finish with cider and Trixie’s Oven cookies, courtesy of Rich Volo, who is forming a Friends of the City of Hudson’s Cemetery group.

Time/Date: Sunday, October 28, 12-1:30pm (We’re ending in time for attendees to make the Hudson Trick or Treating (2pm) and Halloween Parade (4pm at Public Square) activities!

Registration: Registration is required. The tour will be limited to 30 participants so register as soon as possible by emailing programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, calling 518-828-1792 x101, or visiting the main desk in the library.

Attendees will meet in the cemetery office parking lot promptly at 12pm. As this is a walking tour, wear appropriate footwear & dress for the weather & conditions. We may encounter uneven ground, semi-steep hills, and mud and will not always be sticking to the paved pathways.

Long-touted as “a virtual treasure trove for historians and enthusiasts of American funerary art”, the Hudson Cemetery includes over 10,000 grave sites for a wide range of interesting and notable individuals, including the Proprietors and their ancestors, war heroes, famous artists, paragons of industry, disaster survivors and much more. Learn about the history of the original cemetery, more recent history and discoveries as well as its current layout.  All attendees will receive a free map of Cedar Park with highlighted sites discussed in this presentation—do your own walking tour and make new discoveries!

Kelley Drahushuk is a long-time resident of Hudson, NY with family history in the city dating back to the 1800’s. She, along with her husband Alan, own The Spotty Dog Books and Ale, now in its 12th year of operation on Hudson’s Warren Street in the former CH Evans Hook & Ladder building. She has served on the board of the Hudson Area Library and continues as a member of the History Room Committee. She earned a BS from Rochester Institute of Technology in Industrial Engineering. Two adorable children, a very chill cat and two noisy guinea pigs keep her quite busy.

The Friends of the City of Hudson’s Cemetery will hold their inaugural meeting on Tuesday, October 30, 6-8pm at the library. All are welcome. If you want to help preserve, maintain, and make the City of Hudson’s Cemetery a living, breathing part of our community, please attend the Friends of the City of Hudson’s Cemetery on Tuesday, October 30 from 6-8pm. Topics will include preservation, historical designation status, events and fundraisers. Talk to be lead by Rich Volo, 4th Ward Alderman and chair of the DPW subcommittee regarding the Cemetery.

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Posted: October 1, 2018
Adults, History Room, Programs

Lance Wheeler Discusses News & History

Program Description: The latest in the Local History Speaker Series – Local News to Local History: Hudson Neighbors with Lance Wheeler – features videographer, newsman, and local resident Lance Wheeler. Mr. Wheeler has been recording news in our local area since the 1960s and this local history talk will be a retrospective of his over 40 year career covering local news.

Date/Time: Thursday, November 1, 6-7:30pm

Come hear his most memorable news stories from the Hudson, Greenport, and Stockport areas. A question and answer period and refreshments follow the talk.

Mr. Wheeler began his media career as a paperboy for the Register Star and hanging around WHUC as a teenager. His dad, former Hudson Mayor, Samuel T. Wheeler, introduced him to local journalists and provided him with a unique insight into politics and the press. He later served as the WHUC News Director after graduating from Ithaca College. As a National Guardsman, his duties included public information responsibilities for the Hudson and Leeds Engineer and Infantry Companies. He was a classroom teacher for over thirty years at Hudson City School District, and in that capacity, pioneered media-related student curriculum. Mr. Wheeler then created and served as president of The Creative Team, a full service advertising, public relations and marketing company. He represented NYS Senate, Assembly, Gubernatorial and Supreme Court candidates. Other clients included Ski Windham, the Columbia County Fair, Taconic Bioscience, and Hunter Mountain Festivals.

Lance Wheeler pioneered local TV access programing with the longest running educational program in New York State: “Inside The Hudson City School District”. This program provided positive stories about the Hudson schools on five cable systems in the Hudson Valley and Capital District and was awarded numerous awards and recognition for its innovative and groundbreaking programming. NewsCenter 6‘s first “Hudson Valley Bureau” was established by Mr. Wheeler. This direct “microwave” link to the CBS6 station continues to provide feature and late breaking stories for WRGB. “Neighbors with Lance Wheeler”, a local magazine TV show, is viewed by more than 20,000 homes over the Mid-Hudson Cablevision system. Lance’s coverage of breaking news, sports and and feature stories can be seen on CBS, Fox, ABC, NBC, and international cable networks such as CNN, ESPN, The Weather Channel and BBC. His still images of news events have appeared in in Columbia-Greene Media Newspapers, Albany Times Union, Kingston Freeman, Mid-Hudson News, and Associated Press.

Mr. Wheeler is married to Gail Gleason Wheeler and has two children, Morganne and Cameron and a three-year-old grandson, Caelen.

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Posted: August 26, 2018
Adults, History Room, News, Programs

Opening Reception: Wish You Were Here: A Look Back at Life in Hudson Through Vintage Postcards

Program Description: Wish You Were Here: A Look Back at Life in Hudson Through Vintage Postcards is the library’s first ever History Room collection exhibit; curated by David Murphy of Hudson, former president of the library’s Board of Trustees and a member of its History Room Committee. The opening includes a presentation on the collection, hosted by Gary Sheffer, a native of Hudson. Wine and cheese reception to follow. Note cards and t-shirts will be available for purchase with an image of an iconic historic Hudson postcard. 

Date/Time: Thursday, September 6, 6-8pm (Opening Reception); the exhibit will be on display through October 31.                                 

What did people do to connect with each other before telephones, internet, and instant messaging? Many sent postcards, even if it was to a friend or relative just a few miles away. Wish You Were Here examines and celebrates that era.

The Hudson Area Library History Room has collected an extensive set of postcards from this river city, most from the early 1900s, that tell charming personal stories about life here 100 years ago. The collection illuminates how essential this widely used method of communications was for travelers, family and friends in and around Hudson. It includes many street scenes of Hudson, prominent buildings such as the county courthouse, and parks such as Promenade Hill.  

We are proud to make the images available to the general public. In addition to this two month exhibition we are also making the images of our postcards available in our page on the Hudson River Valley Heritage’s Digital Collections.

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: August 1, 2018
Adults, History Room, News, Programs

Ulysses Grant: An American Enigma by Elizabeth Diggs

The Cottage, in Mt. McGregor (near Saratoga Springs) was the final home of our 18th century President.

Program Description:  In conjunction with PS 21’s production of award-winning playwright Elizabeth Diggs’ GRANT & TWAIN, Ms. Diggs discusses the fascinating life of Ulysses Grant and his relationship with Mark Twain.

Date/Time: Thursday, August 23, 6-7:30pm

Suggested Audience: Adults

Grant, a West Point graduate, had a deep connection to the Hudson Valley. He spent the last weeks of his life at The Cottage, in Mt. McGregor, New York (near Saratoga Springs). During that time, backed by satirist Mark Twain, he completed the best-seller, “The Civil War Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant.” With Twain’s dedication and promotion, it went on to become a nationwide best seller. “The essential enigma of Grant,” says Diggs, “is that he rose to greatness as a military leader, as President, and finally, as a writer.  And yet, he was not ambitious.  He hated war, but he was our greatest warrior.  He disliked politics, but he was elected twice as President of the Union he saved.  And he never intended to write about the war, but when he finally did, his book was regarded as one of the greatest memoirs of all time.”

Raised in far Western Ohio, the future President was one of the few West Point cadets from what was then the frontier and was looked down upon for his rough clothes and lack of polish.  But he ended up making friends for life there – admired for his calm disposition, wry wit, and his unmatched horsemanship.

Early in the war, he was spurned by the Commander of the Army of the Potomac (McClellan) and given a desk job.  Finally assigned to an unruly Volunteer regiment, he quickly won their loyalty and began to win battles in the West when the Union was losing in the East.

Grant made headlines with the victory at Fort Donelson in 1862.  When asked for a meeting to discuss terms of surrender his reply was, “No terms except unconditional and immediate surrender can be accepted. I propose to move immediately upon your works.”  This reply and the surrender of an entire Rebel army of 30,000 made him famous overnight.

Late in the war, President Lincoln called him to Washington to make him Commander in Chief of the Union Army.  Although it was their first face-to-face meeting, they became close friends.  After Lincoln’s assassination, he sat in the shadows near the casket for two days, weeping silently as thousands of mourners filed by.

By the time the war finally ended, Diggs says, “He was idolized by the North for winning the war, and by the South for the compassionate Articles of Surrender he wrote at Appomattox.”

Years later, Dwight Eisenhower was puzzled by Grant’s reputation as a drunkard.  He studied his battle plans and tactics and concluded that only a man in full control of all his faculties could have devised and implemented Grant’s famously complex and audacious strategies.  Eisenhower said, “He met every test and rose to the occasion unlike any other man in American history.  He’s not been given his due.”

Join Ms. Diggs in the Library’s Community Room to learn more about this remarkable President and his relationship with Mark Twain. Refreshments provided. Contact programs@hudsonarealibrary.org for more information. For further information about Diggs, Grant, Twain and the play at PS21 go to www.GrantTwain.com.

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Posted: July 26, 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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