Local History Speaker Series Presents Brian Reid

Photo by Ned Gerard
Photo by Ned Gerard

The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to welcome Brian Reid to the library on Thursday, November 12 at 6:00pm as the guest speaker in the Hudson Area Library’s Local History Speaker Series. Mr. Reid will discuss 200 years of ice yachting on the Hudson River including the origins, major sailors in the Hudson Valley and the history of the Hudson River Ice Yacht Club.

Brian Reid is long time secretary and club historian of the Hudson River Ice Yacht Club, as well as past-commodore. He owns several ice boats, including the gaff-rigged sloop Cyclone, built in 1901 for Herman Livingston Rogers of Hyde Park. He became enamored with the old historic ice yachts after his first sail off of Rhinecliff in 1990. He maintains the blog White Wings and Black Ice http://hudsonrivericeyachting.blogspot.com/. He has taught elementary students at Poughkeepsie Day School for over 25 years.

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.

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 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.