Recently we decided to take our Local History Speaker series “on the road” so to speak with a special fundraiser to support the conservation and archiving of the resources of the History Room: a Hudson History Bus Tour, offering the REAL history of Hudson. On June 9, Hudson Area Library’s inaugural local history tour set off with every seat occupied!
Guided by the enlightening commentary of one of our researchers and local history enthusiast-par-excellence, John Craig, with anecdotal additions by two born and raised Hudsonians: former Hudson mayor and tour bus driver, Richard F. Tracy; and library board member and a son and grandson of former mayors, Gary Sheffer, the tour lived up to its tagline of offering the REAL history.
The tour was accompanied by honored guest, Carole Osterink, author of the “Gossips of Rivertown” blog, and included a tour of Hudson Hall. Generous sponsoring businesses included the Johnston Bus Company, The Hudson Brewing Company, Hudson Hall, Hudson Home, Hudson Wine Merchants, Local 111 of Philmont, Solaris: The Artisan Shop at Camphill Hudson, Spotty Dog Books & Ale, Talbott & Arding, and TK Home & Garden.
Participants enjoyed the day, the swag bags they received, and many stayed at the The Hudson Brewing Company engaged in follow up conversations about Hudson’s amazing history at the end of the tour. A new tour is being planned for October so stay tuned!
Program Description: Join our tenacious History Room researcher John Craig and Former Mayor Richard F. Tracy on the library’s first annual Hudson History Bus Tour for the lowdown on the REAL Hudson History! The tour begins and ends at Hudson Brewing Company (99 South 3rd Street) and winds its way through the streets of our beloved city stopping to discuss historic buildings, people, scandals and moments in history!
The tour is a fundraiser for the History Room and ticket prices will support the preservation, archiving, and digitizing of items in the library’s special collections pertaining to the history of the City of Hudson, Greenport and Stockport.
Date/Time: Sunday, June 9, 1-4pm.
Registration/Tickets: Tickets are $60 and seating is limited. UPDATE: As of 5/29 all seats have been reserved. If you would like to be added to the waitlist for this event or added to an email list to hear about future bus tours, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Continue reading
The Hudson Area Library and Columbia Memorial Health announce a joint fundraising event built on the growing interest in Columbia County, and specifically Hudson, as exceptional wedding destinations. The BRIDAL EXPO will be Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 10am to 4pm at Helsinki Hudson (405 Columbia St., Hudson, NY) to benefit the Hudson Area Library and Columbia Memorial Health.
This expo will feature 80 magnificent designer wedding gowns, many valued at more than $2,500, with each dress now priced at an affordable $300. The Expo is free to the public and complimentary refreshments will be served throughout the day. All proceeds from this one-day BRIDAL EXPO will benefit The Hudson Area Library and Columbia Memorial Health, while drawing attention to the talented wedding services available in the area.
The Hudson Area Library announced today a $100,000 pledge from the Hudson River Bank & Trust Co. Foundation for its capital campaign to re-purpose the Armory building as a 21st century library. Continue reading
The design of the new library at the Armory (5th and State Streets.) is almost complete. A design review was held recently in NYC with the architect Vincent Benic and his team (Winnie Moy and Lauren Printz). Dan Kent from the Galvan Foundation and Theresa Parsons, Mark Orton, and Library Director Emily Chameides attending.
With a just a few items outstanding the final cost estimates will be completed and we will be ready for the job of creating the detailed construction documents.
Ever wonder who is on the Board of Trustees?
New Board of Trustees Profiles
To put a face and some life stories to the members of the Board of Trustees of the library we have added a profiles page here.
You can always access this page as a menu item above at – About Us: Board of Trustees – profiles
The 2012 Ghostly Gallop, an annual race in honor of William F. Cranna, went off without a hitch yesterday, Sunday October 28th. Unlike the 2011 race which featured a snowstorm the night before that made for some icy conditions, this year’s race took place under cloudy skies with temperatures in the low 60s. A perfect day for a run or walk through the streets of Hudson.
Start of 5K
Click here for full results of the 5K Race
Kids’ One Mile Start