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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Prison Public Memory Project Pop-Up Museum Visits the Library

Pop Up MuseumOn Tuesday, July 14 from 10am-7pm, the Prison Public Memory Project will be hosting a Pop-Up Museum on the Library lawn. This temporary exhibit will invite the community to participate in a variety of fun and educational activities centered on the theme of Life and Work at the New York State Training School for Girls.

For almost 80 years between 1904 and 1975, Hudson was home to the New York State Training School for Girls, once the largest reform schools for girls in the United States and one of the largest employers in Columbia County. The Pop-Up Museum will offer participants the opportunity to interact with historical artifacts such as photographs, letters, and institutional records on three tables in a hands-on museum-like setting. Visitors can also engage with the Training School’s history in a variety of interactive drawing and writing activities led by Prison Public Memory Project staff and volunteers and can tell and listen to others’ stories. Community members are invited to bring any of their own photos, documents and other artifacts relating to the Training School or to the people who lived or worked there for temporary display on the museum tables. For those who wish to have a portrait taken with their artifact, a photographer will be available. Light refreshments will be served as supplies last.

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