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Posted: November 24, 2021
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FDR History Series – Pearl Harbor

Program Description: Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor stunned the American public and galvanized support for the war. This session explores the questions “Should we have been, and could we have been, more prepared.”

Date/Time: Monday, December 13, 6:00pm

Location: Zoom – Please click here to join the webinar after 5:45pm on December 13.

This program is presented in partnership with Roeliff Jansen Community Library, Claverack Free Library, and Philmont Public Library.


Posted: November 1, 2021
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Meet the Presidents: A Look at the American Presidency

Discover the evolution of the presidency and executive branch and how presidents have interpreted and fulfilled their leadership role with exhibition highlights from Meet the Presidents, an exhibit at the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library. Highlights of the exhibit include the actual Bible used during George Washington’s inauguration in 1789 and a student scrapbook from 1962 chronicling John F. Kennedy’s leadership during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Date/Time: Wednesday, November 17, 6:00-7:15pm

Location: Virtual via Zoom

Registration: Email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org to register and receive the Zoom link.

This program is presented by the New-York Historical Society and sponsored by the Columbia County Libraries Association.


Posted: October 14, 2021
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Watch Jewish Commercial and Communal Activities in Colonial New York on YouTube

Local History Talk: Jewish Commercial and Communal Activities in Colonial New York by Noah Gelfand

Watch To Trade, Traffique, Buy & Sell as the Rest of the Inhabitants’: Jewish commercial and Communal Activities in Colonial New York by Dr. Noah Gelfand, the fourth installment of a series of virtual local history talks, hosted by the Hudson Area Library History Room and the Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History.

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

The Jacob Leisler Library Lectures are made partially possible through the generous support of the Van Dyke Family Foundation.


Posted: June 5, 2021
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Watch: The Mohicans’ Incorporation into the Iroquois League, 1671-1675

On Thursday, June 24, Dr. Evan Haefeli, historian of colonial North America and the Atlantic world at Texas A&M University, discussed the history of the Iroquois Confederacy’s relations with its Indigenous neighbors to the east and south, especially the people of the Hudson Valley, in a joint program with the Hudson Area Library History Room and the Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History.

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

The Jacob Leisler Library Lectures are made partially possible through the generous support of the Van Dyke Family Association.


Posted: June 2, 2021
Adults, Children, Programs, Videos, Young Adults

Celebrate Juneteenth!

Juneteenth is an annual holiday that celebrates the emancipation of African Americans who were enslaved in the United States. It commemorates the arrival of Union troops to Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, to announce the end of slavery – two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation. In 2020, both New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson formally acknowledged Juneteenth as a State and City holiday. In 2021, President Joe Biden signed into law a bill establishing Juneteenth National Independence Day as a federal holiday.

In 2020, in honor of the 155th Juneteenth, we compiled a list of events and educational resources for those who wish to learn more about and commemorate this celebration of African American freedom. We will continue to update this list annually.

As a new offering for this year, local artist, storyteller, and playwright, Pamila Badila of Diata Diata International Folkloric Theatre, recorded a reading of two stories for children of all ages to enjoy in celebration of Juneteenth.


Events

Hudson’s 2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration (UPDATE: this event will be held on the rain date of Sunday, June 20) – a day-long, in-person event held on Saturday, June 19 (rain date, Sunday, June 20) at the Henry Hudson Riverfront Park in Hudson celebrating this important holiday and our black community.

#blkfreedom – a virtual commemorative program in honor of Juneteenth, offered in collaboration between America’s Black Holocaust Museum, Amistad Research Center, August Wilson Center for African American Culture, California African American Museum, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park, National Civil Rights Museum, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and the Northwest African American Museum.

Schomburg Center Literary Festival: Virtual Edition – a virtual festival taking place over six days with featured authors and books exploring concepts of freedom.

Resources

Juneteenth: A Celebration of Resistance – videos and articles discussing the history, significance, and celebration of Juneteenth, from The National Museum of African American History & Culture

Teaching Juneteenth – an educational resource for parents, educators, and other youth-service providers on teaching young people about the hard history surrounding Juneteenth while also empowering them to be advocates for change. From Teaching Tolerance, a project of The Southern Poverty Law Center.

“The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro” – a famous speech by Frederick Douglass about the paradox of July 4 as Independence Day during slavery; Juneteenth is also known as Black Independence Day.

Explore Juneteenth through our physical and digital collections and online resources. Click here to see what is available through our online catalog.


Posted: April 1, 2021
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History Room On Zoom: The History of Shantytown

On Thursday, March 25, 2021 Gary Sheffer, library board of trustees member and History Room Committee chair, interviewed Leo Bower, local resident and historian, on all things Shantytown for this special LIVE History Room on Zoom. Learn about the history of Shantytown/The Furgary from the 1600s to the present day.

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


Posted: December 18, 2020
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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.


Posted: October 22, 2020
Adults, Programs, Videos

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.

Be safe. Be smart. Stay healthy. Watch and workout with this video as much as you like! The live class currently runs virtually via Zoom video conferencing services on Saturdays from 1:30-2:30pm. Join us by emailing programs@hudsonarealibrary.org for the Zoom meeting information. And, also, feel free to join the Roeliff Jansen Community Library’s Core Strength and Balance classes with Paul Thursdays, 9-10am.


Posted: August 17, 2020
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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?”.


Posted: May 12, 2020
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History Room on Zoom: Rob Perry

History Room on Zoom Interview with Rob Perry of Hudson's DPW

In this episode of The History Room on Zoom, Gary interviews Rob Perry, head of Hudson’s DPW. They talk about rumors of underground tunnels, a subject inspired by some recent research requests to the History Room! 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. We even have a form for you to submit your own research request!


Posted: May 11, 2020
Adults, News, Programs, Videos

Watch Our Core Strength and Balance Session – Virtual classes continue through June

Core Strength and Balance - May 9, 2020

Dr. Paul Spector’s Core Strength and Balance is one of Hudson Area Library’s signature, and most popular, programs and is done in collaboration with the City of Hudson Senior Center. We are so happy to continue this class virtually and love seeing so many of our patrons during the class Saturdays, 1:30-2:30pm. These classes focus on creating strong bodies so we can withstand falls and weaknesses that can affect older adults. In response to the Covid-19 emergency, Paul includes breathing techniques for strong respiratory function and reduction of stress.

Be safe. Be smart. Stay healthy. We hope to see you at Core Strength! Join us by emailing programs@hudsonarealibrary.org for the Zoom meeting information. And, also, feel free to join the Roeliff Jansen Community Library’s Core Strength and Balance classes with Paul Thursdays, 9-10am. For more information on that: http://www.roejanlibrary.org/adult-programs/.

Posted: April 28, 2020
History Room, News, Programs, Videos

History Room on Zoom: Ted Hilscher

History Room on Zoom: Photographic Collection of Hudson's Urban Renewal

In this episode of History Room on Zoom, Gary talks to Ted Hilscher, Associate Professor of History at Columbia-Green Community College. Ted is curating photographs of the urban renewal of Hudson, and would like your help identifying the buildings and people captured in there. Click here to view the photographic collection, and contact Ted here if you have any information that may help. 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.


Posted: April 21, 2020
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History Room on Zoom: Kelley Drahushuk

History Room on Zoom: The History of Hudson's Cemetery

In this episode of The History Room on Zoom, Gary interviews Kelley Drahushuk, a member of our History Room Committee and co-owner of Spotty Dog Books & Ale. 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.


Posted: April 9, 2020
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Introducing the History Room on Zoom!

History Room on Zoom: The History of Hudson's Urban Renewal

Gary Sheffer, Library Trustee and History Room Chair, has started a podcast in which he interviews local history experts and aficionados. In our first episode, Gary interviews Peter Cipkowski, Hillsdale Town Supervisor and former president of the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society. We’ve embedded the video here for your convenience. If you want to see it on YouTube, please click here. For more interviews, videos, and to learn more about our community’s rich history, please visit our History Room page.


Posted: November 25, 2019
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Nonfiction Book Group discusses The Dust Bowl

Program Description: Join the group for a discussion of Ken Burns’ documentary film The Dust Bowl, (in 2 parts, totaling 4 hours of viewing time.) Be sure to watch the film BEFORE coming to the discussion group. You can access the two-part film for free through our new Kanopy streaming service (available to all library cardholders in Columbia County), as well as on DVD through the Mid-Hudson Library System.

Date/Time: Monday, December 9, 6 – 7:30 pm.

Registration: This book group is facilitated by library Board President Mark Orton. To register for the book group, email morton@hudsonarealibrary.org. For more information on the Nonfiction Book Group, click here.

The Dust Bowl tells the story of “the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history, in which the frenzied wheat boom of the ‘Great Plow-Up,’ followed by a decade-long drought during the 1930s nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation.” For more information on the film, visit https://www.pbs.org/kenburns/dustbowl/.


Posted: October 6, 2019
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In Case You Missed it: Malcolm Nance

Malcolm Nance on terrorism and house-hunting.

Thanks to Dan Udell, our generous community cameraman, please enjoy this recording of Author Talk and Book Signing: Malcolm Nance, held here at the library on November 9. This talk was highly anticipated, with a capacity crowd. Spotty Dog Books & Ale sold books at this event, signed by the author. Thank you to all who attended and all who were so understanding that we could not accommodate everyone.


Posted: August 7, 2018
Programs, Videos

Video of book discussion by Alexandra Cox: An Exploration of Youth Incarceration in the Hudson Valley

Book discussion by Alexandra Cox, PhD, on Youth Incarceration

Held in the Community Room on Monday August 6, 2018 at 6pm. Video courtesy of Dan Udell via YouTube: https://youtu.be/q4991Aw8cKQ

Program Description: Alexandra Cox discussion of youth incarceration in the Hudson Valley and her book Trapped in a Vice: the Consequences of Confinement for Young People. The book explores the consequences of a juvenile justice system that is aimed at promoting change in the lives of young people, yet ultimately relies upon tools and strategies that enmesh them in a system that they struggle to move beyond.