Peter Cipkowski Speaks on Hudson’s Urban Renewal of the 1970s

By popular demand: Peter Cipkowski will offer a repeat of this talk on Thursday, November 2 at 6pm in the Library’s Community Room.

Chipp’s Market, 39 South Front Street, opposite Franklin Square.

Join us for the latest in our Local History Speaker series: A Brief History of Hudson’s Experience with Urban Renewal” by Peter Cipkowski on Thursday, October 26 at 6pm. Cipkowski will give an illustrated talk about Hudson’s urban renewal in the 1970s, a massive undertaking that impacted hundreds of families and changed the city forever.

The presentation, based on historical documents and conversations with project leaders and local residents, will provide both context and an overview of how, and why, urban renewal unfolded in Hudson. It will address many of the questions we all wonder about: How was the urban renewal project funded? What were its original objectives? Did it succeed in meeting its goals? What was lost? Was it worth it? What has the experience taught us about planning, preservation, and economic growth? How did it compare with similar projects in the Hudson Valley and beyond? What lessons, if any, are there for us as Hudson continues to evolve? Continue reading

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Exhibition on the East Gate and West Gate Toll Houses now at Hudson Area Library

Emily Chameides, Hudson Area Library Director, and a young patron view our new exhibit, “All Roads to the River”.

The Library’s History Room in collaboration with Roeliff Jansen Historical Society is featuring an exhibition and video installation of “All Roads to the River: The 1799 Columbia Turnpike and Historic Tollhouses” at the Library. Residents of Hudson and Greenport now have the opportunity to see the summer exhibition that was launched at Roeliff Jansen’s Copake Falls location.

The exhibit in the Community Room of the Library includes large colorful panels that explore the story of the Columbia Turnpike and its impact on the history of Columbia County. A separate video installation consists of a presentation given by Peter Cipkowski, President of the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society, on the topic. It is viewable at the back of the library where the History Room is located. Continue reading

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Tales from Hudson’s Crypts: The Tour with Kelley Drahushuk

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 library and Greenport Historical Society are collaborating on a special tour of Cedar Park Cemetery, Tales from Hudson’s Crypts: The Tour Sunday, October 1 at 2pm. Last year Kelley Drahushuk’s talk Raising the Dead: Tales from Hudson’s Crypts was extremely popular, both at the library and the historical society; Kelley will be returning this year to act as our guide.

Participation is free and open to the public but registration is required. The tour will be limited to 30 participants so register as soon as possible by emailing brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org, calling 518-828-1792 x101, or visiting the main desk in the library. Continue reading

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Abolition & Women’s Rights in Local History

Students from Hudson Community School’s Writing Center at the Harriet Tubman grave site in Auburn, NY.

The Hudson Area Library, as part of its Local History Speaker Series, is pleased to present “Abolition and Women’s Rights in Local History” by the students of Hudson Community Schools’ Writing Center at the Hudson High School on Thursday, June 8 @ 6pm.

Through a New York Humanities Action Grant given to the library with matching funds from Hudson Community Schools, high school students at the Writing Center, have been involved in studying primary source documents, photos and places about the abolition and suffrage movements in our local area and New York State. The Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region and the Hudson Area Library History Room have provided primary sources and books for the students on these exciting topics. Mary Liz Stewart of the Underground Railroad History Project along with Gail Wheeler, coordinator of the Writing Center, have helped the students contextualize these documents in terms of our nation’s history and the principles of historic investigation. The students also took a trip to Auburn and Seneca Falls, NY to visit various sites important in abolition and women’s rights.

At the June 8 event at the library students will present an exhibition featuring creative responses to their study and the meaning that history holds for the present day. Art pieces will include dance, poetry, and drawing. Mary Liz and Paul Stewart, founders of the Underground Railroad History Project will be on hand to answer questions along with the students.

This exhibition will remain in the library throughout the summer and will move to the Community Room in September for discussion with visiting school groups.

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At Ease: The Social Side of the Hudson Armory

An August 1947 advertisement for an evening of dancing & music at The Hudson Armory

The library’s History Room, as part of its Local History Speaker Series, and in honor of our year at The Armory, is pleased to present a talk on the social aspect of The Hudson Armory by Paul Barrett, on Thursday, April 27 at 6pm. Mr. Barrett, a researcher and local historian, is a sales agent for Hunt Real Estate and owner of The Country Squire B&B here in Hudson.

The State Armory in Hudson provided space for local militia to gather, train and store arms and ammunition. “Preparedness,” as it was called, was a serious function of the armory. The Hudson Armory was also used as a community center providing a place for social functions, public meetings, sporting events and fundraisers. Mr. Barrett will discuss how The Hudson Armory served as the backdrop for a wide variety of venues including beauty contests, big band performances, basketball tournaments, business expositions, exotic car shows and was even the center of a controversial brush with The Cold War.

This presentation is free and open to the public and will be in the library’s community room, which is wheelchair accessible. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. A question and answer period will follow, accompanied by light refreshments.

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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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Hudson Area Library and Drop Forge & Tool Present “Living Library”

The “Living Library” will be Saturday, March 4, from 3 – 5pm at the library. During this free public event participants can meet with experts in various fields. Learn how to conserve old family photographs and documents, research local family history, make herbal tea and discover its benefits, sew a button onto pretty much anything, find and download useful apps for your phone or device, properly care for and display the American flag, and more!

The library is a place to find information through books, lectures, and online sources. For two hours on this Saturday in March you can learn practical information and skills directly from members of our Hudson community. Experts on hand will include Jonathan Simons, real estate photographer, web page designer, photo retoucher and restorer; Lauren Giambrone, community herbalist, medicine maker and educator; Jeff Rigby, a library, museum and archive conservationist and bookbinder; Tod Wohlfarth, graphic designer; Lisa Durfee, vintage clothier, photographer and mudlark; John Craig, local history researcher; Perfect Ten teens, crafters of cool things; and Dan Shaughnessy, member of Elks Lodge #787.

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The Blue & the Gray: Early Potteries in and Around Hudson by Jon Meredith

2 gallon stoneware jug, marked C.W. HINSDALE & CO., DRUGGISTS, HUDSON, N.Y. with blue bird. Made for Charles Hinsdale, who operated a drug store at 305 Warren Street in Hudson, NY. Attributed to Hudson NY Pottery / Hudson Pottery Co., Hudson, NY, ca. 1867-69. (Collection of Jon and April Meredith)

The library’s History Room, as part of its Local History Speaker Series, will be presenting The Blue & the Gray: Early Potteries in and Around Hudson by Jon Meredith on Thursday, February 16 at 6pm.

Jon Meredith will be speaking on the stoneware industry that flourished in Hudson in the 1800s. Mr. Meredith has researched and collected Columbia County, NY stoneware over the last thirty six years, including pieces produced at the potteries in Hudson, NY, as well as pieces made for various merchants throughout the county. Continue reading

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