Local History Speaker Series presents Ted Filli

The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to welcome Ted Filli to the library on Saturday, January 10th at 3:30pm as our first guest speaker of 2015 in the Hudson Area Library’s Local History Speaker Series. Filli will offer a presentation focusing on prehistoric artifacts of the Hudson Valley Native Americans, with a hands-on sampling of actual items from his personal collection. There will also be a question and answer period afterward, followed by light refreshments.

Snow date for Ted Filli presentation: January 17, 3:30pm. Note: Lisa LaMonica was originally scheduled to speak at our Local History Speaker Series on January 17, but had to cancel. We will let you know when the event with LaMonica is rescheduled.

Mr. Filli is a lifelong resident of Claverack and was the Claverack town historian for eight years. He has studied and collected Prehistoric artifacts for 40 years and has taken various courses in archaeology. In addition, he has worked with several professional people over the years including former New York State Archaeologist Dr. Robert Funk. He has spent 20 years searching for artifacts throughout the Hudson River Valley as well as other parts of the U.S. and has been credited with the discovery of several Ice Age sites in Columbia County. Filli’s interest in prehistoric archaeology began under Ken Mynter, past proprietor of the Indian trading post in Claverack, who began his own research in 1929 and left all of his research to him to carry on. In regards to his learning and teaching method Filli states, “I like to use a hands-on method for people to see and feel what ancient artifacts are all about”.

The presentation will be held on the first floor of the Hudson Area Library, with wheelchair access on the northeast side of the building. Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Light refreshments will be served.

The History Room Committee’s Local History Speaker Series offers monthly talks on diverse topics related to the history of Hudson, Greenport, Stockport, and Columbia County. The Hudson Area Library’s History Room houses a special collection that pertains to the history of the City of Hudson, as well as Columbia County and New York State. The History room is open Tuesday evenings from 5:30-7:30pm, Saturdays from 10am-12pm, and by appointment. The Hudson Area Library is located at 400 State St. in Hudson, NY. The mission of the Hudson Area Library is to enrich the quality of life in the chartered service area by providing educational, recreational, aesthetic, cultural and informational programs, services, and materials to all our citizens. For more information: hudsonarealibrary.org or call (518) 828-1792.