Our Winter Walk windows win a prize!

Julia Black, library trustee, poses in front of our Winter Walk windows.

We are participating at two locations for Hudson Hall’s Winter Walk: The Hudson Safe Edition, running from December 5-24. At 417-419 Warren Street, passersby will delight in the wintry and holiday images from Hudson’s history, along with the holiday magic of a running train set and trolley. And, in 7th Street Park/Public Square at Park Place, our Tween Advisory Council’s winter hut returns, honoring favorite children’s literary characters including Peter from Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, Harry Potter, and Gerald and Piggie from the Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems.

And we’re proud that we were awarded “Best Hudson Christmas Past, Present, and Future” for our Warren Street windows that utilize images from our History Room collections including photographs from Rowles Studio, Neefus Photographers, and Howard Gibson, home movies of South Front Street recorded between 1939-1966 by Jozef Cipkowski, and historic maps from 1871, 1881, and 1923. For more information on Winter Walk click here and for the window display winners visit this post on Gossips of Rivertown.

Special thanks to Mark and Deborah D’Archy for sharing their window space with us; to Robert Rasner, who with his wife Marie Rasner owns The Inn at 34, for loaning and setting up the historic building models, trains and trolleys; to Peter Cipkowski for digitizing and making available his grandfather’s home movies; to our board of trustees and History Room volunteers who worked on the Warren Street windows; and to the Tween Advisory Council and their parents for the original winter hut creation.

More information on our Warren Street window display:

View images of Santa arriving by helicopter to the delight of Hudson’s children; Public Square, covered in snow, with the statue of Venus rising from the sea; Warren Street during the snowstorm of 1958; ice skaters at Oakdale Pond in the early 1900s, among other historic images.

In addition, the home movies of life on South Front Street before urban renewal will be played throughout the days and nights of Winter Walk. And, the models of historic Hudson area buildings and train set and trolley, for years a beloved part of winter displays in the windows of the antique business Elijah Slocum, will run once more throughout Winter Walk!

Also, on view are the library’s three unique maps of Hudson from 1871, 1881, and 1923. Archival quality copies of these maps are for sale and make excellent holiday gifts. To learn more visit hudsonarealibrary.org/history-room.