The “Turkish Captivity” of Jacob Leisler and the Susannah

Jan Goeree and Casper Luyken, “Landing en mishandeling van gevangenen in Algiers” (1706). Amsterdam Historic Museum

Program Description: The library and the Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History present a talk by David Voorhees on Leisler’s capture and enslavement by pirates. Throughout the early modern era, North African raiders known as Barbary Corsairs, trolled Europe’s coasts from the Aegean Sea to the Netherlands and as far north as Iceland in search of European slaves. American ships were among their victims. On October 8, 1677, Algerian Corsairs boarded New York City merchant Jacob Leisler’s ship Susannah in the English Channel and captured Leisler along with his crew, two stepsons, nephew, and a passenger. This lecture focuses on the Susannah’s dramatic captivity, the efforts to obtain the prisoners release, and their enslavement’s subsequent impact on New York politics.

Date/Time: Thursday, January 28, 6-7:30pm.

Registration: For Zoom registration link click here.

The Jacob Leisler Library Lectures are made possible through the generous support of the Van Dyke Family Association. Continue reading

Free Virtual One-on-One Job Search Help

Beth Gordon with Dan Marinovic, a Literacy Connections volunteer.

As part of our mission to serve the community we are expanding our Job Search Help program and offering it virtually during this time of health and economic crisis. This project is supported by a grant from the Fund for Columbia County of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation to our library and is a collaboration of the library & the Roeliff Jansen Community Library.

Program Description: Lives change and so do jobs! Do you need to re-fresh your resume or brush up on your interview skills to land that next job? We have a nationally Certified Career Services Provider, Beth Gordon, on our team who can work with you one-on-one – at a safe distance – by telephone, Skype, Zoom, or FaceTime.

Registration: Beth is available by appointment. Email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101 to schedule a one-on-one appointment. Residents of the Roeliff Jansen Community Library service area or surrounding area can email director@roejanlibrary.org or call 518-325-4101.

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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. Continue reading

Good News for our Core Strength & Balance!

One piece of good news in 2020: Dr. Spector will be teaching Core Strength & Balance THROUGH December this year!

Program Description: We are adding our sessions of our popular Core Strength & Balance for the month of December. These classes focus on exercises that improve postural stability, core strength, spatial body awareness, sensory integration, agility and coordination. Core Strength meets virtually on Zoom video conferencing services.

Date/Time: Saturdays, 1:30-2:30pm, December 5, 12, 19, and 26

Registration: A student already registered for the summer Virtual Core Strength can simply use the current Zoom link. Any new registrants can email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518.828.1792 x101.

This program is funded, in part, with support from the Friends of the Hudson Area Library.
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Latest Episode of History Room on Zoom: The Erwin Family!

Marin “Butch” Erwin. Register Star, May 22, 1974.

Hudson natives Kimberly Erwin, library board member and author of There’s Only One Race – the Human One, Says Me!, and Carl Erwin, musician, discuss the history of their family in Hudson. From The renowned Chicken Shack at 221 Columbia Street run by Carl’s mother Helen Erwin for decades to the accomplishments of Hudson Hall of Famer, journalist, photographer, and poet Marin L. Erwin, aka Dr. Americus Moses Kash, III, interviewer Gary Sheffer elicits the fascinating stories of this community-minded family. To view the interview, which follows the Erwin family from Hudson to the Apollo Theater to the LA Times to Baja California, click here.

To check out the books of Kimberly Erwin or Dr. Americus Moses Kash, III visit the Mid-Hudson Library Catalog on our website.

The Stockbridge-Munsee – Not the Last of the Mohicans: a Virtual History Talk

Program Description: Join us for a talk on the history of the Stockbridge-Munsee Community, an integrated society with indigenous families and European immigrants. Heather Bruegl, director of community affairs for the Stockbridge Munsee Community and member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, speaks on this vibrant community.

Attendees also learn about the people who inhabited the land that makes up New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Vermont. A question and answer period follows the talk.

Date/Time: Thursday, November 19, 6pm

Registration: To register click here or contact Brenda Shufelt at 518-828-1792 x102 or brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org to receive the Zoom link. Continue reading

Fall Sessions for Core Strength & Balance at the Library

Program Description: This fall the library, in collaboration with the City of Hudson Senior Center, continues its popular Core Strength & Balance with Dr. Paul Spector. These classes introduce exercises that improve postural stability, core strength, spatial body awareness, sensory integration, agility and coordination. Core Strength meets virtually on Zoom video conferencing services.

Date/Time: Saturdays, 1:30-2:30pm, September 5 – November 28.

Registration: A student already registered for the summer Virtual Core Strength can simply use the current Zoom link. Any new registrants can email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518.828.1792 x101.

This program is funded, in part, with support from the Friends of the Hudson Area Library.
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Dance to the 80s on Zoom

Program Description: The library and the City of Hudson Senior Center are excited to present a series of dance classes focused on dances of the 1980s with Andrew Loren Resto.

Time/Date: The program meets virtually via Zoom Wednesdays, 11am-12pm and Fridays, 5-6pm, September 23 – November 6.

Registration: Email programs@hudsonarealibrary or call 518.828.1792 x101 to receive the Zoom link for either or both of the sessions.

This program is made possible, in part, with support from the Berkshire Taconic Foundation Grants for Senior Services. Continue reading