Local History Speaker Series Welcomes Peter Jung

The Tappen Zee, 1862 by Sanford R. Gifford
The Tappen Zee, 1862 by Sanford R. Gifford

The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to welcome back Peter Jung to the library on Thursday, June 9th at 6:00pm as a guest speaker in the Hudson Area Library’s Local History Speaker Series. Jung will offer a fascinating follow up presentation discussing the Art of the Hudson River School (1825-1875), specifically the local artists Sanford. R. Gifford, Frederic Church and Thomas Cole. Seventy images and paintings will be shown, along with details of the artists’ lives and their circumstances. A question and answer period will follow, accompanied by light refreshments.

Hailing from Minnesota, Jung has been a resident of the Hudson Valley for 35 years. He began his career as a dealer of vintage violins but decided to change course and become involved with paintings after a visit to the National Gallery in Washington D.C. Mr. Jung has served on the Boards of Olana State Historic Site, the Hudson Opera House and the Hudson Planning Commission. In addition, he is a past President of the Friends of Hudson. Currently the proprietor of Peter Jung Fine Art Gallery at 512 Warren Street in Hudson, a gallery he started 25 years ago, which features traditional American paintings. During this time he has handled many examples of the Hudson River School of Art (1825-1875), a style that is an important part of our national heritage. Most recently, Jung has been involved in restoring the family gravesite of the artist Sanford Robinson Gifford (1823-1880), who is at rest in the Hudson City Cemetery.

This presentation will be held in the Community Room on the first floor of the Hudson Area Library, with wheelchair access. 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 to the public on Saturdays from 10am-12pm, and by appointment.

The Hudson Area Library is located at 51 North Fifth 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, ext. 103.