Watch The “Turkish Captivity” of Jacob Leisler

 

On Thursday, January 28, 2021, Dr. David Voorhees of the Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History presented a talk on Jacob Leisler’s capture and enslavement by pirates in 1677. The lecture focused on Leisler and his family members’ dramatic captivity, the efforts to obtain the prisoners’ release, and their enslavement’s subsequent impact on New York Politics.

This talk was presented by the Hudson Area Library History Room in conjunction with the Jacob Leisler Institute, and was made possible through the generous support of the Van Dyke Family Institute.

The talk is viewable in full on the library’s YouTube channel, or here on our library website.

Watch: Virtual Talk on the History of the Stockbridge-Munsee Community

On Thursday, November 19, Heather Bruegl, director of community affairs for the Stockbridge-Munsee Community and member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, spoke on the history of the Stockbridge-Munsee Community, a band of Mahicans who inhabited the land that makes up New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Vermont. Their original territory includes the land where our library is located.

The talk is viewable in full on the library’s YouTube channel, and the video includes Heather’s answers to questions asked by virtual attendees of the event.

New Video from Dr. Paul Spector

Core Strength & Balance with Dr. Paul Spector

Dr. Paul Spector’s Core Strength and Balance is one of the library’s signature, and most popular, programs.

This video is a recorded session that Dr. Paul led in October, and includes some more advanced exercises for those looking to change up their routines or take on new challenges.

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Recording of An Intro to HudsonUP & the History of UBI

An Introduction to HudsonUP & the History of Universal Basic Income

The library and The Spark of Hudson presented a meeting on the history of Universal Basic Income (UBI) and HudsonUP, a current UBI pilot program based in Hudson, on August 20. In this virtual program, Albert Wenger and Susan Danziger, co-founders of The Spark of Hudson and HudsonUP,  spoke on UBI’s history and the value and details of the UBI pilot program for Hudson. We have recorded the video and embedded it here for your convenience, but you can also click here to view it on our YouTube Channel.

Those interested in learning more about UBI, click here for the video podcast from the series Yang Speaks in which Susan, Albert and Andrew Yang discuss “What Happens When You Give Money Away?”.

History Room on Zoom: Paul Costa and Jim Hoon

History Room on Zoom: Interview on the Research and Work of the History Room

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

History Room on Zoom: The Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History

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.

History Room on Zoom: Marie O’Toole

History Room on Zoom: The Columbia Memorial Hospital's School of Nursing Collection

In this episode of The History Room on Zoom, Gary interviews Marie O’Toole, the archivist for the History Room. Gary and Marie talk about archiving a recent donation of papers from the Columbia Memorial Hospital’s School of Nursing. 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: Ken Sheffer

History Room on Zoom: The New Deal & the History of the MC Smith Campus

In this episode of The History Room on Zoom, Gary interviews his brother Ken Sheffer about the history of the MC Smith building and playing fields. Find out how Hudson got a deal from the New Deal with their very own FDR connection. 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.