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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May History Talk, Saturday May 17th

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The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to welcome Mary Beth Wenger to the library on Saturday, May 17th at 4pm as the 2nd speaker in the Hudson Area Library’s Local History Speaker Series. Ms. Wenger will be discussing her book Finding Grandma: A Sentimental Journey Through 1920s Columbia County Recipes.

Originally from Saugerties and now based in Columbia County, Wenger was an acclaimed television journalist in Albany, New York whose love of uncovering the stories of “ordinary” people carried over into her first book, Finding Grandma.  After discovering her Grandma Edna’s collection of 1920s recipes, she began a personal journey, searching for the grandmother she never knew. The resulting book is at once a scrapbook, a history lesson, a cookbook, a poignant personal story and a preservation of a bygone way of life and language from the Hudson Valley during the “Roaring Twenties”. Continue reading

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