Local History Talk: A Bronson Park Vision, for all in Hudson

Program Description: Historic Hudson President, Alan Neumann, discusses the history of the organization’s 25 year advocacy to preserve the only National Historic Landmark in Hudson; the Dr. Oliver Bronson House and Estate.

Bronson Park Vision – Historic Hudson

Date/Time: Thursday, September 23, 6-7:30pm.

Registration: Seating is limited for this in-person program, so we encourage you to reserve a seat by emailing brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org or calling 518-828-1792 x106. We will hold reserved seats until 10 min. before the event’s start time. At that time, we will make available all remaining seats on a first come, first served basis.

Masks and social distancing will be required for the safety of all participants.

On the grounds of the Hudson Correctional Facility, inaccessible and hidden from view, is the Dr. Oliver Bronson House and Estate. There is a rich cultural history on the land, from Native American to Dutch to the early Federal Period. In 1838 and 1849, the main house and landscape were given a picturesque transformation by the architect Alexander Jackson Davis for the Bronsons. This chapter is why, in 2003, the National Park Service declared it to be “of exceptional significance in telling the story of the nation.”

Continuing in its advocacy, Historic Hudson has produced a Bronson Park Vision plan for a proposed 123 acre public access park on underutilized land owned by the People of the State of New York and what it can mean for our community.

Alan Neumann is the president of Historic Hudson in the City of Hudson. He is a preservation architect and studied at the University of Minnesota School of Architecture and Historic Preservation at Columbia University in the City of New York. Since 1992, he has lectured frequently to museum groups from the US and abroad, in both New York City and the Hudson valley, on art, architecture and the landscape.