Local History Speaker Series Presents: Peter Cipkowski

The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to welcome Peter Cipkowski to the library on Thursday, April 30th at 6:00pm as a guest speaker in the Hudson Area Library’s Local History Speaker Series. Cipkowski will offer a photo presentation on Hudson’s Lost Neighborhood: Remembering South Front Street. As seating is limited, this special presentation will be offered by reservation only by calling the library at 518.828.1792, Tuesday through Saturday.

A historical look at the South Front Street neighborhood that was devastated by Urban Renewal in the 1970s, Cipkowski frequently visited his grandparents, Jozef and Anna Cipkowski, in his youth, where the family owned and operated Chipp’s Market at 30 South Front Street from 1925-1970. Josef Cipkowski was also an amateur photographer and amassed a large collection of photographs and home movies of family and friends in Hudson.

Mr. Cipkowski has Master’s degrees in history and education and is the author of two books published by Wiley & Sons. He is currently the Hillsdale Town Historian as well as president of the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society.

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. Light refreshments will be served after the presentation.

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, and 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.