Give the Gift of Hudson History This Holiday Season!

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Bird’s Eye View of Hudson, New York, 1881

Not sure what to give that hard to shop for person? Not feeling the Black Friday madness? Looking for a unique gift that will create memories? The Hudson Area Library’s History Room can help with gifts that reflect the richness of the history of Hudson and Columbia County. Items for sale this holiday season include:

  • Notecards & postcards of historic Warren Street & other images of Hudson’s past
  • tshirts of historic Warren Street
  • giclèe prints of an original 1881 “Bird’s Eye View of Hudson, New York” (32.5” x 21.5”) map and a “1923 Aeroview of Hudson, New York” (43” x 22”) image created from a dirigible!

Interested shoppers can stop by the main desk at the library or go online where the History Room Shop is open 24/7 on our website at this link. Some of the History Room items will be featured at the library’s Winter Walk location, 427 Warren Street, on December 1, 5-8pm and all items are available at the library. Continue reading

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The Hudson Trolley Arrives at the Library

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Early in the 20th century, a trolley ran up and down Warren Street. Is there anyone who remembers riding the trolley?

More recently many resident of the Hudson area may remember fondly the holiday window displays at Elijah Slocum Antiques on Warren Street owned by Bob & Marie Rasner. Bob is a train (& Hudson history) enthusiast and created a train set window display with some of Warren Street’s historic buildings (a project he created himself) and some creative license of trains and trolleys running through. His local history holiday scene will be recreated in the children area of the library for all to delight in.

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Visit Our Two Locations during Hudson’s Winter Walk 2018

The library joins the festivities of Hudson’s Winter Walk 2018, December 1, 5-8pm, in two different locations. Our Tween Advisory Council has created a winter hut in honor of the library and some of their favorite children’s literary characters including Peter from Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, Harry Potter, and Gerald from the Elephant and Piggy series by Mo Willems. “It’s always a wonder to see the dedication our Tween Council members give when they participate in community projects. Creating a library scene in one of the winter park huts is very special because it’s for the younger children and the community to enjoy. There’s something nice about seeing a 10-year-old take responsibility for things,” stated Shanekia McIntosh, the library’s Youth Services and Program Assistant. Come and view this display in Public Square (7th Street Park) across from the St. Charles Hotel.

In addition, the library’s History Room will have an exhibit at 427 Warren Street (the former City of Hudson Police Station) featuring examples from the library’s Historic Hudson Postcard Collection and other historic images including photos of the holidays in Hudson from years past by Howard Gibson. Our local history researchers will be on hand to answer questions and discuss our resources. Friends of the Hudson Area Library will provide home-baked desserts. And, the History Room, will have tshirts, notecards and framed and unframed giclèe copies of Hudson maps from 1881 and 1923 for sale as well as rare local history books.

Emily Chameides, Library Director, commented, “We’re excited to take part in this beloved community event and we are particularly proud to have the work of our Tween Council and the wonderful resources of our History Room celebrated through our participation.”

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Kelley Drahushuk Leads Cedar Park Cemetery Tour with New Additions!

Last year’s tour was a big hit!

Program Description: The library and Greenport Historical Society is once again offering Kelley Drahushuk’s very popular Tales from Hudson’s Crypts: The TourKelley will speak about the history of the original cemetery, more recent discoveries as well as its current layout and she will discuss specific histories of some of the more prominent people buried there. New information will be included in  this year’s tour. The tour will finish with cider and Trixie’s Oven cookies, courtesy of Rich Volo, who is forming a Friends of the City of Hudson’s Cemetery group.

Time/Date: Sunday, October 28, 12-1:30pm (We’re ending in time for attendees to make the Hudson Trick or Treating (2pm) and Halloween Parade (4pm at Public Square) activities!

Registration: Registration is required. The tour will be limited to 30 participants so register as soon as possible by emailing programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, calling 518-828-1792 x101, or visiting the main desk in the library. Continue reading

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Lance Wheeler Discusses News & History

Program Description: The latest in the Local History Speaker Series – Local News to Local History: Hudson Neighbors with Lance Wheeler – features videographer, newsman, and local resident Lance Wheeler. Mr. Wheeler has been recording news in our local area since the 1960s and this local history talk will be a retrospective of his over 40 year career covering local news.

Date/Time: Thursday, November 1, 6-7:30pm

Come hear his most memorable news stories from the Hudson, Greenport, and Stockport areas. A question and answer period and refreshments follow the talk. Continue reading

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Opening Reception: Wish You Were Here: A Look Back at Life in Hudson Through Vintage Postcards

Program Description: Wish You Were Here: A Look Back at Life in Hudson Through Vintage Postcards is the library’s first ever History Room collection exhibit; curated by David Murphy of Hudson, former president of the library’s Board of Trustees and a member of its History Room Committee. The opening includes a presentation on the collection, hosted by Gary Sheffer, a native of Hudson. Wine and cheese reception to follow. Note cards and t-shirts will be available for purchase with an image of an iconic historic Hudson postcard. 

Date/Time: Thursday, September 6, 6-8pm (Opening Reception); the exhibit will be on display through October 31.                                  Continue reading

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Ulysses Grant: An American Enigma by Elizabeth Diggs

The Cottage, in Mt. McGregor (near Saratoga Springs) was the final home of our 18th century President.

Program Description:  In conjunction with PS 21’s production of award-winning playwright Elizabeth Diggs’ GRANT & TWAIN, Ms. Diggs discusses the fascinating life of Ulysses Grant and his relationship with Mark Twain.

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

Suggested Audience: Adults

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Oakdale Lake Picnic & Oakdale Past and Future Exhibition

Oakdale Lake June 1963. Howard Gibson Collection.

 Program Description: Friends of Hudson Youth and Friends of Oakdale Lake will throw the first annual Oakdale Lake Picnic open to all of Hudson, ushering in a new era of community use and involvement at Oakdale. There will be free hot dogs with pickles made by Oakdale campers and Hawthorne Valley sauerkraut; Stewart’s ice cream; and a DJ. The Oakdale Picnic offers the first ever viewing of a new exhibit, co-created by the Hudson Area Library,  Friends of Hudson Youth and Friends of Oakdale Lake. The exhibit, “Oakdale Past & Future,”  includes historic photographs, maps, and memorabilia on Oakdale.

Date/Time: Thursday, August 9, 4-6pm Continue reading

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