History Room

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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Library and Leisler Institute Talk on Indigenous Slavery in Colonial New York and New Jersey (Thursday, June 9)

Join us and the Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History for a talk by Linford Fisher titled The Persistence of Indigenous Enslavement in Dutch and English New York and New Jersey. Indigenous peoples played important roles in the histories of Dutch colonialism and the colonies that later became New York …

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Albany-Hudson Electric Trail Exhibition and Talk at the Library (Thursday, May 26)

The Hudson Area Library, in partnership with Columbia Friends of the Electric Trail, presents an exhibit of the interpretative panels along the Electric Trail in Columbia and Rensselaer counties. The exhibition runs through June 30. On Thursday, May 26, 6-7:30pm Matt Kierstead, who provided the documentation and interpretive services for the Electric Trail panels, will …

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Author Talk on Slavery and Resistance in Dutch New York with Andrea Mosterman (Friday, May 20)

The Hudson Area Library History Room, in collaboration with the Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History, presents Spaces of Enslavement: A History of Slavery and Resistance in Dutch New York , an author talk by Andrea Mosterman. A Q & A will follow book discussion and reading by the author …

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The Library and the Leisler Institute Talk on Slavery in New Netherlands (Thursday, April 28)

In collaboration with the Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History we present Reconsidering Slavery in 17th century New Netherland – What do We Know? What Can We Learn?, a talk by Dennis J. Maika Date/Time: Thursday, April 28, 6-7:30pm Location: Virtual via Zoom Registration: To register for the Zoom link …

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