Remembering Neefus Photography, A Local History Speaker Talk

1958. Wendy Neefus, Jr. outside Neefus Studio on Warren Street.

The library’s History Room Local History Speaker Series in May will feature Remembering Neefus Photography: Seven Decades of Unseen Images of Hudson by Wendover (Wendy) Neefus, III on Thursday, May 11 @ 6pm.

Mr. Neefus will speak about the treasure trove of historic images of Hudson from the over 60 years that Neefus Photographers, once located at 743 Warren Street in Hudson, has been in business. A lot of people remember the photography studio on Warren Street as the place to go for graduation portraits and other life event photo sessions but the family also photographed buildings and life in and around Hudson during the three generations they were in business. Many of the negatives of these photographs were generously donated to the library’s History Room by Mr. Neefus and they have been digitized. There is currently a video exhibition of the Neefus Collection that will run through May and can be viewed during library open hours. During his talk Mr. Neefus will show and discuss many of these unique historic photos.

The Neefus family has deep roots in Hudson. Originally they were descended from Cornelius Nevius, treasurer of New Amsterdam under Peter Stuyvesant. The Neefuses moved first to Nevis (between Clermont and Red Hook, NY) before moving to Hudson. Mr. Neefus himself was born in Dover, New Hampshire, where his father was a photography professor for the University of New Hampshire. His family then moved back to Hudson where Wendy was raised and attended Hudson High School. He went on to Southern New Hampshire University and joined his parents’ photography business in Hudson first in the darkroom and then, after attending photography school, began photographing weddings for Neefus Photographers. The Neefus studio closed July 2013 but their photographs still live on in our memories and Hudson’s history.

A question and answer period will follow Mr. Neefus’s talk. This event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the community room, which is wheelchair accessible. Refreshments are to follow.

Local History Talk on Suffrage Celebrates Women’s History Month

Youngest Parader in NYC Suffragist Parade. Library of Congress: Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, DC.

Our library’s History Room, as part of its Local History Speaker Series, is pleased to present “Suffragettes: 100 Years, 10 Stories, from Hudson; We’re Counting” by Nicole Childrose on Thursday, March 23 at 6:00 pm.

This event will be an interactive lecture and discussion celebrating northeastern women and their contributions throughout history. An exploration of 10 case studies of local women with ties to Hudson and the greater Hudson Valley region will allow audience members to have a greater understanding of local women who have made political, economic and social contributions.
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CGCC Students Present on Gotsch Papers

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Join us on Thursday, November 10 from 6:00-8:00pm in the library’s Community Room for a presentation on the Gotsch Papers, a student-research project, co-sponsored by Columbia-Greene Community College and the Hudson Area Library as part of the college’s 50th anniversary.

Inspired by a local history project undertaken in the 1970s by former C-GCC academic dean Charles Gotsch, the current project, led by Nicole Childrose, assistant professor of history at C-GCC, follows up on Gotsch’s research, focusing on the social and cultural history of Hudson and the surrounding area in the 1800s. With support from Hudson Area Library History Room volunteers, college honor students have been delving into the library archives and other sources. During the presentation, students will discuss their research and provide an analysis of the social and cultural history of the area in the early 19th century. A question and answer session will conclude the presentation. All are welcome.

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

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.

History & Film Presentation: Rhythm Feet with Operation Unite

teaching_tap4Kuumba Dance and Drum Academy/Operation Unite Education and Cultural Arts Center kick off their Rhythm Feet Part II tap dance program on Saturday, April 4 at 1:30pm at the Library with a family presentation of the history of tap dance. Dance artist, Stefanie Weber, will lead the presentation and offer a tap demonstration. All are welcome. For more information on the complete Rhythm Feet program visit Operation Unite’s event listing on Facebook.

Local History Speaker Series: Ruth Piwonka

visible heritageThe History Room Committee is pleased to welcome Ruth Piwonka to the library on Saturday, November 15 at 3:30pm as a guest speaker in the Local History Speaker Series.

Piwonka will offer a presentation focusing on early Dutch settlers in and around the Hudson area called “Before Hudson: the Dutch at Claverack and other locales along the ‘east side of the river’, c1614-1783”. The talk will focus particularly on the period from 1649 through 1715. In addition, she will cover other events and individuals affecting the area until the coming of the New Englanders after the Revolution.
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Becoming Incorrigible: The Girls of the Hudson Training School, 1921-1932 —A Project by Laura Rogers and Tobi Jacobi

PPMPIncorrigibleIn 2011, local resident and business-owner Lisa Durfee found an old box at a garage sale on Clinton Street in Hudson. In it were intake records, photographs, and letters from girls who lived at the Hudson Training School from around 1920 to 1930.

Now, Laura Rogers, professor of Humanities & Communication at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and Tobi Jacobi, professor of English & Composition at Colorado State University, are collaborating with the Prison Public Memory Project to explore what these documents could tell us about the history of the Training School and the girls who were incarcerated there.

Join the Prison Public Memory Project in the Hudson Area Library History Room (2nd Floor) on Wednesday, October 29 at 6:30pm for a roundtable discussion and dialogue about how we read and interpret documents from a complex past and what these documents can tell us about the girls who lived at the Hudson Training School nearly a century ago.