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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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?”.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com. 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/.
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.
Video of book discussion by Alexandra Cox: An Exploration of Youth Incarceration in the Hudson Valley
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.