UPDATE: Out of concern for the well-being of our community, all Hudson Area Library programs, classes, group meetings, and events are currently suspended. For information on precautions to stay healthy, for links to government websites with the latest news on Covid-19, and for links to our library online resources visit this link.
Oakdale Beach, Hudson, 1965
Photo Credit: Howard Gibson
Program Description: The library and the Greenport Historical Society present: “Beyond the Farmyard: The Development of Oakdale Park”. Local historian Paul Barrett, in collaboration with John Craig, discusses how the Glenwood Boulevard neighborhood in Hudson developed and the importance of the 14-acre Oakdale Park for residents today.
Date/Time: Thursday, March 19, 6-7:30pm
Suggested Audience: This event is free and open to the public. It takes place in the community room of the library, which is wheelchair accessible. Continue reading
Visit our Holiday Shop at the library or onlineto purchase special gift items from our History Room that reflect the richness of the history of Hudson and Columbia County. Items for sale this holiday season include:
- Notecards & postcards of historic Warren Street & other images of Hudson’s past
- Giclèe prints of an original 1881 “Bird’s Eye View of Hudson, New York” (32.5” x 21.5”) map and a “1923 Aeroview of Hudson, New York” (43” x 22”) image created from a dirigible!
- Our special tea towels with a line drawing of the historic Hudson Armory designed by Tony Kieraldo
Support your library and impress your friends and family with our unique gifts!
This just in: The Hudson Area Library joins the festivities of Hudson’s Winter Walk 2019 sponsored by Hudson Hall, Saturday, December 7, 5-8pm, with a space at 538 Warren Street! The library’s History Room will have a window display featuring photos by Howard Gibson of the holidays in Hudson from years past. In addition we will have other historic photographs on display and full size copies of our 1881 and 1923 bird’s eye view maps of Hudson. Our local history researchers will be on hand to answer questions and discuss our resources. And, the History Room, will have notecards and framed and unframed giclèe copies of the Hudson maps for sale as well as rare local history books.
Emily Chameides, Library Director, commented, “We’re excited to take part in this beloved community event and we are particularly proud to have the wonderful resources of our History Room celebrated through our participation.”
We particularly want to thank Dina Palin of Houlihan Lawrence, Inc. and the owners of 538 Warren for their generous loan of this space.
Program Description: Our bus tour of the historic buildings, people, scandals, and moments in Hudson’s history is having a fall edition! This is not a repeat of the first tour and will include more anecdotal information and specific stories from history. The bus for this tour is smaller with comfier seats and has windows that allow for better viewing. It is a fundraiser in support of the Hudson Area Library’s History Room. Ticket purchases will support the preservation, archiving and digitizing of items in the library’s special collections pertaining to the histories of the City of Hudson, and towns of Greenport and Stockport.
Date/Time: Sunday, November 10, 1-4pm
Registration/Tickets: Tickets are $60 and seating is limited UPDATE: The bus is full! Continue reading
Program Description: Patrick Higgins, a Hudson based experimental music composer, concludes our 2019 Music in the Stacks series of free Sunday afternoon concerts hosted by Hudson area youth organizations. The concert is hosted by Operation Unite NY. A reception follows with a chance for audience members to share their reactions and to interact with the musicians, youth emcees and each other.
Date/Time: Sunday, November 17, 4-5:30pm
Audience: All ages. Audience members receive cultural passports, which are stamped at each concert. Each stamp entitles the passport holder one ticket in a raffle for a gift certificate to a Hudson music venue.
This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Greene County Council on the Arts. Continue reading
The History of Hudson’s Merchants & Whalers by Carl Whitbeck, part of the Hudson Area Library’s Local History Speaker series and being done in collaboration with Hudson Hall as part of their Hudson’s Merchants & Whalers series, will cover the commerce of Hudson from the time of its inception as a city in 1785 to the early 1960’s and through to the present. Mr. Whitbeck, a local resident whose family has deep roots in the area, will be displaying and discussing items from his own extensive local history collection.
Date/Time: Thursday, October 17, 6-7:30pm
Audience/Registration: UPDATE: This event is currently filled. A wait list will be formed the evening of the event in case of any openings. Reservations are encouraged. For more information and to reserve a seat visit: Hudson Hall Merchants & Whalers Please note: As this is a free event, please arrive at least 15 minutes before the beginning of the talk to ensure your seat. Continue reading
UPDATE: This project has been fully funded. Thank you all, donors and those who shared our Go Fund Me fundraising campaign! We need your help to restore a unique map of the City of Hudson that dates back to 1871. The map is at the Northeast Document Conservation Center in Andover, MA awaiting treatment to clean and stabilize it. Thanks to a generous donor, we recently acquired this map for our History Room. Following its restoration, the map will be on display at the library and available digitally for public access. The map measures 4′ x 5′ and features 19 line drawings of prominent buildings. It’s current condition is legible but extremely fragile.
We have created a GoFundMe campaign to raise the necessary funds for the restoration project. For more information and to make a donation click here. All persons making a donation will have a unique opportunity to see the original copy up close and personal after restoration.
This map will be a valuable resource and a source of civic pride. Thank you in advance for your contribution to this valuable preservation project. Continue reading
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!