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
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: The library presents the latest in its History Room Local History Speaker series: “Still Standing: The Farrand House on Fairview” by Paul Barrett. This historic and architecturally unique house has been in the news lately as there are plans to tear it down. Come and hear the history of the house while it is still standing!
Date/Time: Thursday, April 11, 6-7:30pm.
Recommended Audience: All are welcome. No registration necessary. Continue reading
Bird’s Eye View of Hudson, New York, 1881
Not sure what to give that hard to shop for person? Not feeling the Black Friday madness? Looking for a unique gift that will create memories? The Hudson Area Library’s History Room can help with gifts 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
- tshirts of historic Warren Street
- 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!
Interested shoppers can stop by the main desk at the library or go online where the History Room Shop is open 24/7 on our website at this link. Some of the History Room items will be featured at the library’s Winter Walk location, 427 Warren Street, on December 1, 5-8pm and all items are available at the library. Continue reading
Program Description: Wish You Were Here: A Look Back at Life in Hudson Through Vintage Postcards is the library’s first ever History Room collection exhibit; curated by David Murphy of Hudson, former president of the library’s Board of Trustees and a member of its History Room Committee. The opening includes a presentation on the collection, hosted by Gary Sheffer, a native of Hudson. Wine and cheese reception to follow. Note cards and t-shirts will be available for purchase with an image of an iconic historic Hudson postcard.
Date/Time: Thursday, September 6, 6-8pm (Opening Reception); the exhibit will be on display through October 31. Continue reading
Detail view of segment of “Aero-view of Hudson, NY”
Looking for a unique and timeless gift for a special someone this holiday season? The 1923 original of this dirigible’s-eye view of Hudson is part of the local history collection at the Hudson Area Library. It was meticulously cleaned and re-stored prior to being reproduced using an archival inkjet process. The result is this re-issue available in a museum quality frame with conservation glass ($450) or unframed ($150). It measures 43” x 22”.
Framed and unframed prints are available for purchase at The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street in Hudson and here at the library.
Proceeds from these sales benefit the Hudson Area Library.
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
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