Local History in a World History Perspective with Dr. Thomas Mounkhall, Sunday, March 30


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.


Holiday Fun in the Kids Room!

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

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!


Open Enrollment for Health Insurance Begins October 1st


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 Room Now Open Tuesday Evenings 5:30-7:30pm


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.