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 →
The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to welcome Dr. Thomas Mounkhall to the library on Sunday, March 30 at 3pm as the inaugural speaker in the Hudson Area Library’s Local History Speaker Series. Mounkhall will offer an insightful and thought-provoking presentation highlighting the connections between local and world history.
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. In the first presentation of the series, Dr. Mounkhall will link important regional historical events with significant contemporary developments in World History, which have had some important influence in the area. In doing so, he will place Hudson’s local history in the broad perspective of World History, linking the city to the Grand Banks, South America, Polynesia, Siberia and Western Europe.
Dr. Mounkhall has a doctorate in Modern World History from St. John’s University and over thirty years of experience teaching World History in secondary schools. He is a former Adjunct Professor at SUNY New Paltz and has directed institutes in World History for high school teachers around the country.
The presentation will be held on the first floor of the Hudson Area Library, with wheelchair access on the northeast side of the building. Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Light refreshments will be served.
The Hudson Area Library’s History Room houses a special collection that pertains to the history of the City of Hudson, as well as Columbia County and New York State. The History Room is open Tuesday evenings from 5:30-7:30pm, Saturdays from 10am-12pm, and by appointment.
The Children’s Room is always a fun place to be, with opportunities for reading, drawing, painting, imaginative play, and crafting. This week, in addition to our regularly scheduled programs, we have some special programs to make it that much more exciting!
Kwanzaa Celebration with Operation Unite Wednesday, December 18, 5:30-6:30pm postponed – stay tuned for an updated day/time Operation Unite will host a special Kwanzaa celebration, including drumming, singing, & a candle ceremony.
Holiday Party Thursday, December 19, 3-5pm Join us for some holiday fun, including holiday-themed crafts and stories. Snacks will be served too!
The Children’s Room will also be staffed while the Hudson City School District is on Winter Break. We hope you’ll join us!
Starting October 1st, individuals and families may begin to enroll for health insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in New York state. Not sure where to start? The New York State of Health website can help you find the answers to your questions. Through this site you may find important information such as key dates in the application process, steps to take in order to apply for affordable care, fact sheets, and more. HealthCare.gov is another valuable source that may help you find out if you qualify for lower costs with a few simple questions. Need help applying in Columbia or Greene County? Contact the Columbia County Community Healthcare Consortium by visiting their website, which is full of useful links, or calling them at 518-822-9600 or 800-980-5530. You may also make appointments with them for help applying to Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus and Medicaid.
History buffs will love utilizing the resources available in the History Room, now open Tuesday evenings from 5:30-7:30pm. The Library’s History Room houses a special collection that pertains to the City of Hudson, as well as Columbia County and New York State. It contains copies of newspaper clippings, local history pamphlets, original documents and more. The History Room is also open Saturdays from 10am-12pm or by appointment. For more information, visit our History Room page.