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.

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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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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.

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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.

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Join us for the Steamboats on the Hudson Talk by Peter Stott

Bard_Dewitt_Clinton_MMFloating palaces. That’s what they were called. They were modern, elegant, and F-A-S-T. For almost a quarter of a century, there were more than 100 steamboats traveling up and down the Hudson River. Commercial steamboat travel was instrumental in establishing the wealth and power of riverfront communities. And steamboat captains were the lords of their domain – often praised for their courteousness and quick response to emergencies.

Come hear Peter Stott, preservation planner at the Massachusetts Historical Commission and author of Looking for Work, in an illustrated talk on this alluring and romantic mode of travel. The talk will focus on steamboats and their captains during the heyday of river travel – 1824–1839. Refreshments included.

The talk with be held on Saturday, October 25 from 4pm-6pm at TK Home and Garden, 441 Warren St., 2nd Floor. Tickets are $20 per person and may be reserved at the Hudson Area Library office or online (see instructions below). All proceeds benefit the Campaign for the Hudson Area Library.

To reserve a ticket for the Peter Stott lecture, click the add to cart button below. If you wish to purchase more than one ticket, you can change the quantity in your cart.




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100 Years into the Past: An Informal Evening of Discussion with the Prison Public Memory Project

trainingschoolforgirlssummereveningsceneHow did Hudson’s New York State Training School for Girls view treatment and training practices 100 years ago? Liesl Schnabel, Prison Public Memory Project’s summer researcher, has been researching and exploring that question this summer.

You are invited to join the Prison Public Memory Project to discuss her findings this Wednesday, August 6 from 6:30-8pm at the Hudson Area Library.

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