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.

#GivingTuesday – Support Our Vital Programs, Resources, and Services

Our mission is to enrich the quality of life by creating opportunities for all members of our community to connect, create, learn, and grow. Today, this mission is more important than ever and we need your support.

Join the global effort, #GivingTuesday, this Tuesday, December 1, by supporting our vital programs, resources, and services.

Make a donation by credit card online via PayPal. Or send a check made out to Hudson Area Library to 51 N. 5th St, Hudson, NY 12534.

Your generosity makes a difference to so many in our community. Thank you for your support!

Happy Holidays!

We are open Monday through Wednesday for the weeks ending December 26 and January 2 for materials pick-up, browsing and computer use. Contact us to schedule an appointment at 518-828-1792 or

Good News for our Core Strength & Balance!

One piece of good news in 2020: Dr. Spector will be teaching Core Strength & Balance THROUGH December this year!

Program Description: We are adding our sessions of our popular Core Strength & Balance for the month of December. These classes focus on exercises that improve postural stability, core strength, spatial body awareness, sensory integration, agility and coordination. Core Strength meets virtually on Zoom video conferencing services.

Date/Time: Saturdays, 1:30-2:30pm, December 5, 12, 19, and 26

Registration: A student already registered for the summer Virtual Core Strength can simply use the current Zoom link. Any new registrants can email or call 518.828.1792 x101.

This program is funded, in part, with support from the Friends of the Hudson Area Library.
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Latest Episode of History Room on Zoom: The Erwin Family!

Marin “Butch” Erwin. Register Star, May 22, 1974.

Hudson natives Kimberly Erwin, library board member and author of There’s Only One Race – the Human One, Says Me!, and Carl Erwin, musician, discuss the history of their family in Hudson. From The renowned Chicken Shack at 221 Columbia Street run by Carl’s mother Helen Erwin for decades to the accomplishments of Hudson Hall of Famer, journalist, photographer, and poet Marin L. Erwin, aka Dr. Americus Moses Kash, III, interviewer Gary Sheffer elicits the fascinating stories of this community-minded family. To view the interview, which follows the Erwin family from Hudson to the Apollo Theater to the LA Times to Baja California, click here.

To check out the books of Kimberly Erwin or Dr. Americus Moses Kash, III visit the Mid-Hudson Library Catalog on our website.

Online Art Auction – Thank You!

Works of art by Ken Kraus, Kenneth Cooke, Jeffrey Gibson, Arnold Zimmerman, Kathy Osborn and Charles LeDrayThank you to the participating artists for sharing their work with us for our online art auction, with special thanks to Kenneth Cooke, Jeffrey Gibson, Ken Kraus, Charles LeDray, Kathy Osborn, and Arnold Zimmerman who contributed 100% of the proceeds from the sale of their submitted works to the library. Thank you as well to all who bid, donated, helped spread the word, and helped make this event a success. We are so grateful for your support!

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

Program Description: Join us for a talk on the history of the Stockbridge-Munsee Community, an integrated society with indigenous families and European immigrants. 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 to receive the Zoom link. Continue reading