Library and Leisler Institute Collaboration: Colonial Hygiene

Lady Undressing for a Bath, c. 1730/1740, Attributed to Gerardus Duyckinck, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Program Description: The library and the Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History present Coping with Life’s Necessaries by Ian Mumpton. The Schuyler family enjoyed many luxuries as part of their refined lifestyle, but what did their hygiene practices look like? Learn more about the changing practices of this aristocratic, 18th century colonial Dutch family with this Schuyler Mansion program come to Hudson. A question-and-answer period will follow the talk.

Date/Time: Thursday, April 29, 6-7:30pm.

Registration: For Zoom registration link click here or contact Brenda Shufelt at 518-828-1792 x106 or Continue reading

Free One-on-One Job Search Help and Career Development

Beth Gordon with Dan Marinovic, a Literacy Connections volunteer.

Program Description: Nationally Certified Career Services Provider, Beth Gordon, will work with you one-on-one to re-fresh your resume or brush up on your interview skills to land that next job.

Date/Time: Beth is available by appointment for one-one-one sessions offered at a safe distance by telephone, Skype, Zoom, or FaceTime.

Registration: Email 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 or call 518-325-4101.

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LIVE History Room on Zoom on Shantytown (The Furgary)

Program Description: The library History Room on Zoom is presenting a special LIVE session on The History of Shantytown (aka The Furgary) in Hudson. Gary Sheffer, member of the library Board of Trustees and chair of the History Room Committee, interviews Leo Bower, lifelong local and a resident historian with a special expertise in Hudson’s Shantytown. A question and answer period follows the program.

Date/Time:  Thursday, March 25, 6-7:30pm.

Registration/Audience: For Zoom registration link click here. Continue reading

Our Historical (Hysterical) Plunge

The Oakdale Plunge 2021: Hudson Safe was historic! All the more so because the Hudson Area Library History Room Team was sporting historic costumes and, of course, their historic community spirit. The event is a fundraiser benefiting the Hudson Youth Department and the Hudson Fire Department’s Water Rescue and Dive Team. We thank everyone who so generously donated to our team’s efforts. Continue reading

Virtual Talk on the History of the Underground Railroad in the Capital Region

from The Underground Railroad by William Still, Porter and Coates, 1872

Program Description: Paul and Mary Liz Stewart of the Underground Railroad Education Center share their seminal research on the Underground Railroad movement in upstate New York in this virtual talk titled People of Courage, People of Hope, Seekers of Justice – The Underground Railroad Revisited.

Date/Time: Thursday, February 25, 6-7:30pm

Registration: For Zoom registration link click here. Continue reading

Take the Plunge…..with our History Room Team!

It’s that time of year again! The Fourth Annual Oakdale Plunge, which raises funds for two great causes: the Hudson Fire Department Water Rescue & Dive Team and the Hudson Youth Department, is on February 27.

The Hudson Area Library History Room Team, now in our third year of plunging, will be sporting vintage bathing costumes this year, like the ones pictured here. To register with our team click here.

For more information, including where to get our eye catching vintage team bathing costumes, email Join our team and plunge in historic style! (note: you do NOT have to wear a costume to plunge with us – all are welcome!)

Photo: Library Director Emily Chameides’ great grandmother and great great aunt.

NEW: History Room Resources Digitized

As part of our ongoing mission to make History Room resources accessible to the public we have been scanning a selection of editions from our collection of City of Hudson Directories (1851- the present day) and are now placing the first completed pdfs online for researchers and local history enthusiasts alike.

Click here for the link to these directories.
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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.

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