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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Local History Speaker Series welcomes Dale Flansburg

The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to welcome railroad enthusiast, Dale Flansburg, to the library on Saturday, July 19 at 3:30pm as a guest speaker in the Hudson Area Library’s Local History Speaker Series. Flansburg will offer a presentation on the Albany-Hudson Fast Line, the electric trolley line that connected the two cities from the turn of the century to 1929.

image from Joseph A. Smith collection via http://www.nyysa.com/code/Collection.php

image from Joseph A. Smith collection via http://www.nyysa.com/code/Collection.php

The Albany-Hudson Fast Line was a third rail interurban railroad that merged the Hudson Street Railway, the Kinderhook & Hudson Railway, and the Greenbush & Nassau Electric Railway – a street railway, a steam railroad, and a new electric line. The railroad transported passengers to various stops between the two cities including the popular amusement park, Electric Park on Kinderhook Lake, which was opened in 1901 by the Albany and Hudson Railway Company with rides powered by the same third rail that powered the electric trolleys that brought visitors to the park.

A Columbia County resident, Dale Flansburg grew up in Cairo, NY, joined the Marines in the 1950s, and then came back to the area for work with IBM. Flansburg owns a private railroad museum in Germantown, NY, where he collects railroad memorabilia including station and crossing signs, dining car china, uniforms, timetables, and photographs. He has given numerous talks throughout the region and was recently featured in the documentary film, Rails to the Catskills.

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Local History Speaker Series Kicks Off With World History Perspective

Dr. Thomas Mounkhall delivers inaugural presentation in Local History Speakers Series
Thank you to Dr. Thomas Mounkhall and the many community members who joined us on Sunday, March 30 for the inaugural presentation of the Hudson Area Library History Room Committee’s Local History Speaker Series. Mounkhall shared a thought-provoking presentation linking important regional historical events with significant developments in World History.

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 is scheduled for May 17 at 4pm and will feature a talk by Mary Beth Wenger, author of Finding Grandma: A Sentimental Journey Through 1920s Columbia County Recipes. We hope you will join us!

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