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

Program Description: Join us for an introduction to the Stockbridge-Munsee Community, an integrated society with indigenous families and European immigrants, both active in the local government and society. 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

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

Contribute to our Local History Archive

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the entire globe in a historic way. The killing of George Floyd has sparked protests in our community, nation, and around the world as well as demands for police reform and restructuring to combat systemic racism in society. Both of these events serve as the inspiration to collect the history of our community during this time for use by future researchers. The Hudson Area Library History Room Committee invites you to submit images (photos, artwork), videos, and words (poems, stories, journal entries, personal essays) that help to document the personal experiences of our community in 2020.

Those wishing to contribute to the archive can submit work through the library’s website by following the link “Community Archiving of Local History” found underneath the main banner on the home page or by clicking here. If you are contributing works as physical items rather than digital submissions, please also submit using the form on the website to schedule your drop-off. In keeping with the mission of the Hudson Area Library’s History Room, we request that all submissions be either from individuals who live in the library’s service area – Hudson, Greenport and Stockport – or that feature these areas as the main subject.

To learn more about our community’s rich history, please visit our History Room page.

History Room on Zoom: History of the US Census and 2020 Census with the Jacob Leisler Institute

History Room on Zoom: Early NY Census History to Census 2020

In this episode of The History Room on Zoom, Gary interviews David Voorhees of the Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early NY History and Tina Lesem, who works at the Hudson Area Library and the Jacob Leisler Institute, on the history of the US Census and the importance of completing the 2020 Census.

Our library team is here to help you and your neighbors complete the 2020 Census – due September 30, 2020. We have team members ready to assist you in English, Spanish, Bengali, and Mandarin Chinese. For an appointment email info@hudsonarealibrary.org. You can also submit your census form online at 2020census.gov.

We’ve embedded the video above for your convenience. If you wish to view the video on YouTube, please click here. For more interviews and videos, and to learn more about our community’s rich history, please visit our History Room page.

Tales from Hudson’s Crypts: The Tour with Kelley Drahushuk

UPDATE: Both tours are currently filled. For information on the history of the cemetery click here for Dan Udell’s video of Kelley’s tour from two years ago AND click here for Gary Sheffer’s interview with Kelley about the cemetery as part of our History Room on Zoom series.

Program Description:  Kelley Drahushuk’s talk at the library, Raising the Dead: Tales from Hudson’s Crypts, was so popular we began this tour of Cedar Park Cemetery and it has become an annual event. Kelley once again acts as our tour guide and has added new graves and new stories to the tours.

Date/Time: 1. Saturday, October 17, 12-1:30pm (RAINDATE: Sunday, October 18, 12-1:30pm

2. Saturday, October 24, 12-1:30pm (RAINDATE: Sunday, October 25, 12-1:30pm).

Registration: Required and participation is limited to 10 participants. Mask wearing and social distancing at all times is required. Register by emailing programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or calling 518-828-1792 x101.

Donations are appreciated but not required and they will support the archiving of the library’s History Room collection based in the history of Hudson, Greenport and Stockport. Continue reading

Virtual Local History Talk on the Purchase of Manhattan

Purchase of Manhattan Island from the Indians by the Dutch in 1626, 1853, William Ranney (1813–1857)

Program Description: The library and the Jacob Leisler Institute present: “Imagination Aided by the Painter’s Brush”: The Creation of the Purchase of Manhattan, 1844–1909 by Stephen McErleane.

Date/Time: Thursday, October 22, 6-7:30pm.

Registration: To register and receive the Zoom link email brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101. A question and answer period will follow the talk. Continue reading

History Room on Zoom: Paul Costa and Jim Hoon

In this episode of The History Room on Zoom, Gary interviews Reference and Tech Services Librarian Paul Costa, and History Room Research Volunteer, Jim Hoon. They discuss the collection and services of the History Room, including how to access much of it online while the library is closed. We’ve embedded the video here for your convenience. If you wish to view the video on YouTube, please click here. For more interviews and videos, and to learn more about our community’s rich history, please visit our History Room page.

History Room on Zoom: Tina Lesem and David Voorhees

Interview with Tina Lesem and David Voorhees

In this episode of The History Room on Zoom, Gary interviews Tina Lesem and David Voorhees, of the Jacob Leisler Institute. The Jacob Leisler Institute studies the history of New York from 1664-1775. The three discuss this very important, but overlooked, period. We’ve embedded the video here for your convenience. If you wish to view the video on YouTube, please click here. For more interviews and videos, and to learn more about our community’s rich history, please visit our History Room page.