Local History Speaker Series – Raising the Dead: Tales from Hudson’s Crypts

The name "Cedar Park Cemetery" spans the arch of the entry gate to a cemetery. Large trees occupy the middle ground, and tombstones the background.
The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to present
Raising the Dead: Tales from Hudson’s Crypts with guest speaker Kelley Drahushuk as part of the Local History Speaker Series. This unique presentation will be held on Thursday, October 13 at 6:00pm in the Community Room on the first floor of the library, with wheelchair access. Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is available on a firstcome, first-served basis.

Long touted as “a virtual treasure trove for historians and enthusiasts of American funerary art”, the Hudson Cemetery includes over 10,000 grave sites for a wide range of interesting and notable individuals, including the Proprietors and their ancestors, war heroes, famous artists, paragons of industry, disaster survivors and much more. Learn about the history of the original cemetery, more recent history and discoveries as well as its current layout.  All attendees will receive a free map of Cedar Park with highlighted sites discussed in this presentation—do your own walking tour and make new discoveries! Continue reading

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Local History Speaker Series: Dr. Thomas Mounkhall on the Hudson River in a World History Context

We are pleased to welcome back Dr. Thomas Mounkhall to the library on Thursday, September 8 at 6pm and Sunday, September 11 at 4pm for a two part multimedia presentation as part of the library’s Local History Speaker Series. Both presentations will highlight the Hudson River during two significant time periods.

Dr. Thomas Mounkhall delivered the inaugural presentation in the Local History Speakers Series.

Dr. Thomas Mounkhall delivered the inaugural presentation in the Local History Speakers Series.

The first program (September 8) will cover the Hudson Valley from 20,000 BCE through 1500 CE, including migration, macro-change, flora diffusion, contingency and polycentrism. Mounkhall will then discuss Western European voyages of exploration through the influence of the Erie Canal on New York City from 1500 to 1830 in his second presentation (September 11).

A question and answer session will follow each presentation, accompanied by light refreshments. Attendees are welcome to come to one or both presentations. The presentations will be held in the library’s Community Room with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dr. Mounkhall has a doctorate in Modern World History from St. John’s University and over thirty years 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 Local History Speaker Series is a series of free monthly talks on diverse topics related to the history of Hudson, Greenport, Stockport, and Columbia County.

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Visit The Eleanor Restoration Exhibit at the History Room

An old, black-and-white photo of a sloop on the river. It is manned by seven people.

The Hudson River Historic Boat Restoration & Sailing Society Inc. is restoring this famous boat in Hudson!

The Eleanor is the last remaining “raceabout” sloop, a class of boats designed for speed. The Hudson River Historic Boat Restoration & Sailing Society Inc. are restoring the raceabout at the Hudson Riverfront Industrial Park building, and have made a very informative exhibit in the History Room, located at the back of the library. Learn more about this amazing boat being brought back to the waters in your town!

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Local History Speaker Series Welcomes Peter Jung

The Tappen Zee, 1862 by Sanford R. Gifford

The Tappen Zee, 1862 by Sanford R. Gifford

The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to welcome back Peter Jung to the library on Thursday, June 9th at 6:00pm as a guest speaker in the Hudson Area Library’s Local History Speaker Series. Jung will offer a fascinating follow up presentation discussing the Art of the Hudson River School (1825-1875), specifically the local artists Sanford. R. Gifford, Frederic Church and Thomas Cole. Seventy images and paintings will be shown, along with details of the artists’ lives and their circumstances. A question and answer period will follow, accompanied by light refreshments.
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Local History Speaker Series presents: An Evening of Reminiscence

Night view of Warren Street, Hudson. Image from the Koweek Digital Photograph Collection, Hudson Area Library, 2016.

Night view of Warren Street, Hudson. Image from the Koweek Digital Photograph Collection, Hudson Area Library, 2016.

The Hudson Area Library wants to hear your stories about early Hudson!

The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library is excited to present an evening of local history featuring your personal stories, experiences and memories of years gone by as part of the Local History Speaker Series. This very special event will be held on Thursday, May 12 from 6-8pm, followed by light refreshments. A sign up sheet will be available thirty minutes prior to the event and participants will be given approximately seven minutes to present their story to the audience. All participants are encouraged to bring in photos, documents and other Hudson memorabilia to share.
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1923 Vintage Hudson “Aero-View” Maps Available!!

Detail view of segment of "Aero-view of Hudson, NY"

Detail view of segment of “Aero-view of Hudson, NY”


Are you still searching for that last minute special gift? Eager to help us move to our new “digs” at the Armory? Come help us help you by purchasing a 1923 Hudson Aero-view print! This one of a kind print can be purchased at Hudson City Books, 553 Warren Street and The spotty Dog, 440 Warren Street. These local businesses are supporting our move by donating the proceeds from the sale of a beautiful inkjet print made from an original lithograph of a map of Hudson as well as help us . The 1923 re-issue is available framed ($450) or unframed ($150) and measures 43” x 22”. The full-sized engraving includes an “aero-view” map and 20 individual building images. Proceeds support the Campaign for the Hudson Area Library and the Hudson Area Library History Room.

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Local History Speaker Series Presents Brian Reid

Photo by Ned Gerard

Photo by Ned Gerard


The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to welcome Brian Reid to the library on Thursday, November 12 at 6:00pm as the guest speaker in the Hudson Area Library’s Local History Speaker Series. Mr. Reid will discuss 200 years of ice yachting on the Hudson River including the origins, major sailors in the Hudson Valley and the history of the Hudson River Ice Yacht Club.
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Norma Hart Has Passed Away

Norma HartWe have sad news to share. Norma Hart, longtime library supporter, Friend, and former librarian, has passed away. Many have fond memories of her in the Children’s Room, and to this day remember the library as ‘Ms. Hart’s Library.’ Norma was also the visionary and creator behind the formation of the Library’s History Room Collection over 40 years ago.

After being honored by the Friends of the Hudson Area Library at their Annual Meeting in April 2014, Ms. Hart shared these words of wisdom: “you have to bring some light to whatever corner of the world you are in.” We are forever grateful to Ms. Hart for her many contributions to the library and for shining her light in our little corner of the world for so many wonderful years. We will miss her dearly.

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