History Room

Lindenwald’s Amazing Historically Accurate Wallpaper (Monday, December 12)

Lindenwald, Martin Van Buren’s historic home, is awash in amazing historically accurate wallpaper. Join Martin Van Buren National Historic Site Museum Specialist, Mike Wasko, to learn about how the park reproduced wallpaper using historical evidence, the reproduction of the wallpaper, and the result of the rooms being returned to their original state. Date/Time: Monday, December 12, 6pm – …

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Forged by Fire: The Life and Legacy of Harry Howard (Thursday, November 10)

The library, in collaboration with the FASNY Museum of Firefighting and the Greenport Historical Society, presents a lecture on FASNY’s current exhibit celebrating the 200th Birthday of Harry Howard, Chief of the New York City Volunteer Fire Department (1857-1860). Featuring artwork and documents, the exhibit recounts Harry’s life, accomplishments, philanthropy and legacy as it relates …

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Colonial New York as a Model for our Nation (Thursday, October 27)

In our fourth 2022 Leisler Institute collaboration, Patricia Bonomi will discuss Colonial New York as a Model for our Nation. New York contributed vital elements to the formation of the United States and this talk will highlight the special significance of New York’s religious and racial diversity, its unique geography, and its tumultuous politics. Date/Time: Thursday, …

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Hudson’s Urban Renewal 50 Years Later (Thursday, September 22, 6pm)

Ted Hilscher, Professor Emeritus of History at Columbia-Greene Community College, will show and discuss fifty historic photographs of buildings that were torn down during urban renewal in Hudson during this in-person local history talk. Hilscher will also facilitate a discussion of the legacy of urban renewal in our city. Anyone with recollections of the impacted …

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Visit our History Room Website to See “What’s New at the History Room” this Summer

Visit “See What’s New at the History Room” on our History Room website to see what we are up to this summer! Learn about our special archiving project and our open hours and availability by appointment to explore our archived collections and other resources with History Room Coordinator Brenda Shufelt, Reference Library Paul Costa, or …

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Banana Splitter: A Celebration of Local Stories (ice cream included!)

Listen to recorded stories from Hudson-area residents while enjoying a banana split side-by-side with fellow community members. Oral histories shared will include recorded stories from Oral History Summer School’s Community Library of Voice and Sound, the library’s oral history collection, and the Black Legacy Association of Columbia County collection. Date/Time: Sunday, July 24, 1 – …

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