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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