Remembering Neefus Photography, A Local History Speaker Talk

1958. Wendy Neefus, Jr. outside Neefus Studio on Warren Street.

Our History Room Local History Speaker Series event for May will feature Remembering Neefus Photography: Seven Decades of Unseen Images of Hudson by Wendover (Wendy) Neefus, III on Thursday, May 11 at 6pm.

Mr. Neefus will speak about the treasure trove of historic images of Hudson from the over 60 years that Neefus Photographers, once located at 743 Warren Street in Hudson, has been in business. A lot of people remember the photography studio on Warren Street as the place to go for graduation portraits and other life event photo sessions but the family also photographed buildings and life in and around Hudson during the three generations they were in business. Many of the negatives of these photographs were generously donated to our History Room Collection by Mr. Neefus and they have been digitized.

There is currently a video exhibition of the Neefus Collection that will run through May and can be viewed during library open hours. During his talk Mr. Neefus will show and discuss many of these unique historic photos.

The Neefus family has deep roots in Hudson. Originally they were descended from Cornelius Nevius, treasurer of New Amsterdam under Peter Stuyvesant. The Neefuses moved first to Nevis (between Clermont and Red Hook, NY) before moving to Hudson. Mr. Neefus himself was born in Dover, New Hampshire, where his father was a photography professor for the University of New Hampshire. His family then moved back to Hudson where Wendy was raised and attended Hudson High School. He went on to Southern New Hampshire University and joined his parents’ photography business in Hudson first in the darkroom and then, after attending photography school, began photographing weddings for Neefus Photographers. The Neefus studio closed July 2013 but their photographs still live on in our memories and Hudson’s history.

A question and answer period will follow Mr. Neefus’s talk. This event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the community room, which is wheelchair accessible. Refreshments are to follow.