Exhibition on the East Gate and West Gate Toll Houses now at Hudson Area Library

Emily Chameides, Hudson Area Library Director, and a young patron view our new exhibit, “All Roads to the River”.

The Library’s History Room in collaboration with Roeliff Jansen Historical Society is featuring an exhibition and video installation of “All Roads to the River: The 1799 Columbia Turnpike and Historic Tollhouses” at the Library. Residents of Hudson and Greenport now have the opportunity to see the summer exhibition that was launched at Roeliff Jansen’s Copake Falls location.

The exhibit in the Community Room of the Library includes large colorful panels that explore the story of the Columbia Turnpike and its impact on the history of Columbia County. A separate video installation consists of a presentation given by Peter Cipkowski, President of the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society, on the topic. It is viewable at the back of the library where the History Room is located. Continue reading

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Governor Cuomo Makes Broadband Announcement from Library Community Room

We were pleased to host Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in the library’s Community Room Wednesday, August 3 for an announcement on the progress of the New NY Broadband Program. The goal of the program is to provide New Yorkers with access to internet download speeds of up to 100 Mbps in most areas, and 25 Mbps in the most remote parts of the state, by the end of 2018. Columbia County has been selected as one of the first 6 counties targeted for expansion. For more information, visit Governor Cuomo’s press page.

Governor Cuomo Announces Broadband Improvements in Hudson

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Local History Speaker Series Presents: Conrad Vispo

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The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to welcome Dr. Conrad Vispo to the library on Saturday, May 9th at 3:30pm as a guest speaker in the Hudson Area Library’s Local History Speaker Series. Vispo will offer a discussion on his new book The Nature of the Place: A History of Living with the Land in Columbia County, NY. His book describes the forest, field, soil and waters of Columbia County from the perspective of the diversity and beauty of their inherent nature as well as of the way human society, for better or worse, left its mark. There will be a question and answer period afterward, followed by light refreshments.
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Local History Speaker Series: Ruth Piwonka

visible heritageThe History Room Committee is pleased to welcome Ruth Piwonka to the library on Saturday, November 15 at 3:30pm as a guest speaker in the Local History Speaker Series.

Piwonka will offer a presentation focusing on early Dutch settlers in and around the Hudson area called “Before Hudson: the Dutch at Claverack and other locales along the ‘east side of the river’, c1614-1783”. The talk will focus particularly on the period from 1649 through 1715. In addition, she will cover other events and individuals affecting the area until the coming of the New Englanders after the Revolution.
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Back Roads of Columbia County: an Open Exhibition

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Be sure to stop by the library and check out the newest photo exhibit on the main floor and upstairs gallery space. The Columbia County Photo Club is showcasing 52 photographs by 26 area artists, all on the theme of Columbia County. All photographs are for sale, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Friends of the Library. The photos will remain on exhibit through Sat. Oct. 25th. Contact Marie or Emily in the library office to place your order at 518.828.1792.
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Third Annual Photo Exhibit: Back Roads of Columbia County

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The Friends of the Hudson Area Library and the Columbia County Photo Club announce the opening of the Third Annual Photography Exhibit titled Back Roads of Columbia County: An Open Photographic Exhibition, at the Hudson Area Library, 400 State Street, Hudson on Thursday, August 14, 2014. Twenty-seven members of the Columbia County Photo Club will participate in this exhibit, with a public reception with the artists from 5:00 until 7:00pm on the 14th. All photographs will be offered for sale at the Library, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Friends of the Hudson Area Library. The exhibit will continue through October 25, 2014.

This years’ exhibition includes photographs by Paul Abitabile, Doug Stalker, Joan Lizette-Miller, J. Pierre Gontier, Joe Palumbo, Tammy Parditka, Paul Roberts, Jonathon Simons, Renee (Klein) Lawrence, Christine Dean, William Shaughnasey, Beth (Marie) Meehan, Bridget Arnold, Patricia Williams, Larry Fingar, Kara Keeler, Joe Lalka, Brian Yorck, Ken Bovat, Daniel Region, Ralph Gorgone, Steve Wildermuth, Jennifer Bock, Trudi Roth, Joe Parditka, Deborah Lans and Kristen Stoddard.
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Second Presentation in the Local History Speaker Series a Success

IMG_1442Thank you to Mary Beth Wenger and the many community members who joined us on Saturday, May 17 for the second presentation of the Hudson Area Library History Room Committee’s Local History Speaker Series. Wenger shared her personal journey of exploring her own family history and in particular learning more about her grandmother through her collection of recipes and stories from family members. Her book, Finding Grandma: A Sentimental Journey Through 1920s Columbia County Recipes is available to borrow through the Hudson Area Library. If you didn’t get your signed copy of Finding Grandma at the presentation, there are still some books available for purchase. Please call or visit the library to get your copy.

The History Room Committee’s Local History Speaker Series will offer bimonthly talks on diverse topics related to the history of Hudson, Greenport, Stockport, and Columbia County. The next event will be held in July – date and time TBA. To stay informed about upcoming events, sign up for our monthly e-newsletter by adding your email address below:



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May History Talk, Saturday May 17th

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The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to welcome Mary Beth Wenger to the library on Saturday, May 17th at 4pm as the 2nd speaker in the Hudson Area Library’s Local History Speaker Series. Ms. Wenger will be discussing her book Finding Grandma: A Sentimental Journey Through 1920s Columbia County Recipes.

Originally from Saugerties and now based in Columbia County, Wenger was an acclaimed television journalist in Albany, New York whose love of uncovering the stories of “ordinary” people carried over into her first book, Finding Grandma.  After discovering her Grandma Edna’s collection of 1920s recipes, she began a personal journey, searching for the grandmother she never knew. The resulting book is at once a scrapbook, a history lesson, a cookbook, a poignant personal story and a preservation of a bygone way of life and language from the Hudson Valley during the “Roaring Twenties”. Continue reading

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