History Room Programs

Only the most recent five History Room Program announcements are shown here. Go to History Room Programs Archive for complete listings.


Posted: March 6, 2019
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Local History Talk: ‘Colonial New York’ and the World of Jacob Leisler

Courtesy of the Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library

Program Description: Lou Roper, Professor of History at SUNY-New Paltz, speaks on seventeenth-century colonial New York and the Hudson River Valley in the context of the larger Atlantic World. This local history talk is a collaboration of the library, Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History, Gotham Center for New York City History, and Greenport Historical Society.

Date/Time: Thursday, March 21, 6-7:30pm

On the subject of this talk, Professor Roper stated: “Where does the history of New York fit into the history of colonial America and where does the history of colonial America fit into the history of the wider world? I will discuss the seventeenth-century European colonization of the greater Hudson Valley and what its history suggests about the character of early Americans.” Dr. David Voorhees, director of the Leisler Institute added, “We Americans…aren’t aware that what happened here is part of larger global movements.”

Lou Roper is Professor of History at the Department of History, State University of New York at New Paltz and is Co-General Editor of The Journal of Early American History. His latest books are Advancing Empire: English Interests and Overseas Expansion, 1613-1688 and his collection of essays, The Torrid Zone: Caribbean Colonization and Cultural Interaction in the Long Seventeenth Century. His studies at this time focus on the seventeenth-century slave trades and colonization of the area bounded by the Connecticut River and Chesapeake Bay.

A question and answer period and refreshments will follow the talk. For more information email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

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Posted: March 1, 2019
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Spring Fling Swing Dance at the Armory!

Howard Gibson photo of dance at the Armory in days gone by.

Program Description: The City of Hudson Senior Center and the library are proud to present Spring Fling Swing Dance at the Armory, a live music dance party with the Fabulous Versatones.

Date/Time: Saturday, May 18, 7-10pm.

Recommended Audience:  Attendees do not need to attend with a partner. Beginners, all ages, families are welcome.

Registration: Registration is preferred. Email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org

This dance is our fourth dance at the historic Galvan Armory, which had dances in the 40s, 50s and 60s. Sher Stevens, director of the City of Hudson Senior Center stated: “At every dance we have held…I was exhilarated to see the total engagement and joy in the dancing. Almost every age of the seniors was represented. As the hostess, I was barraged with exuberant comments and requests for MORE! ”

Andrew Resto, a professional certified Bronze level dance instructor, will be leading a short lesson and demonstration during the dance.

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Posted: February 28, 2019
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Local History Talk on Gothic Revival House on Fairview Avenue

Program Description: The library presents the latest in its History Room Local History Speaker series: “Still Standing: The Farrand House on Fairview” by Paul Barrett. This historic and architecturally unique house has been in the news lately as developers plan to tear it down. Come and hear the history of the house while it is still standing!

Date/Time: Thursday, April 11, 6-7:30pm.

Recommended Audience: All are welcome. No registration necessary.

The Farrand family farmhouse, formerly known as “The Pines,” is an example of Gothic Revival architecture, and sits somewhat inconspicuously on Fairview Avenue, although it has lately been in the news as it faces demolition. Paul Barrett will weave the story of this iconic building, from the 1850s to the present. Long before the bustle of strip mall traffic and fast food outlets, the Farrand operation – once encompassing over 160 acres – was a leading grower and shipper of pears in New York State and, among other things, introduced Peking Ducks to the region. Aside from agriculture, the Farrands were involved in shipping, banking, warehousing, and even the management of sugar plantations in San Domingo.

Mr. Barrett, a researcher and local historian, is a sales agent for Hunt Real Estate. This is his second talk for the library’s local history series.

A question and answer period and refreshments will follow the talk. For more information email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

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Posted: December 19, 2018
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Dr. Voorhees Discusses Women’s Role in the Leisler Rebellion

Program Description: The library, in collaboration with the Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History and the Gotham Center for New York City History, presents How Their Poor Wives Do: The Role of Women in Late Seventeenth-century New York Politics by David Voorhees. Widespread female violence against men is found in the records of the 1689 New York uprising popularly known as “Leisler’s Rebellion.” This talk by the director of the Leisler Institute explores this outburst of activism among New York women a generation after the English takeover of New Netherland.

Date/Time: Thursday, January 10, 6-7:30pm

Dr. Voorhees is director of the Jacob Leisler Papers Project, formerly located at New York University, as well as the Jacob Leisler Institute headquartered in Hudson. He’s also managing editor of de Halve Maen (The Half Moon), a quarterly scholarly journal published by The Holland Society of New York. An NYU research scientist, he is former managing reference history editor at Charles Scribner’s Sons and has published numerous historical works and articles, and been a consultant on historical exhibits at the Museum of the City of New York and the Bard Graduate Center in Manhattan among others.

A question and answer period and refreshments will follow the talk. For more information email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

The Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History is an independent, not-for-profit study and research center devoted to collecting, preserving, and disseminating information relating to colonial New York under English rule. In the years spanning 1664 to 1773, New York province’s diverse European settlements and Native American and African populations fused into a cosmopolitan colonial territory with ties throughout the Atlantic World. The Institute is unique in focusing on this under examined 109-year period in American history.

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Posted: October 5, 2018
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Kelley Drahushuk Leads Cedar Park Cemetery Tour with New Additions!

Last year’s tour was a big hit!

Program Description: The library and Greenport Historical Society is once again offering Kelley Drahushuk’s very popular Tales from Hudson’s Crypts: The TourKelley will speak about the history of the original cemetery, more recent discoveries as well as its current layout and she will discuss specific histories of some of the more prominent people buried there. New information will be included in  this year’s tour. The tour will finish with cider and Trixie’s Oven cookies, courtesy of Rich Volo, who is forming a Friends of the City of Hudson’s Cemetery group.

Time/Date: Sunday, October 28, 12-1:30pm (We’re ending in time for attendees to make the Hudson Trick or Treating (2pm) and Halloween Parade (4pm at Public Square) activities!

Registration: Registration is required. The tour will be limited to 30 participants so register as soon as possible by emailing programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, calling 518-828-1792 x101, or visiting the main desk in the library.

Attendees will meet in the cemetery office parking lot promptly at 12pm. As this is a walking tour, wear appropriate footwear & dress for the weather & conditions. We may encounter uneven ground, semi-steep hills, and mud and will not always be sticking to the paved pathways.

Long-touted as “a virtual treasure trove for historians and enthusiasts of American funerary art”, the Hudson Cemetery includes over 10,000 grave sites for a wide range of interesting and notable individuals, including the Proprietors and their ancestors, war heroes, famous artists, paragons of industry, disaster survivors and much more. Learn about the history of the original cemetery, more recent history and discoveries as well as its current layout.  All attendees will receive a free map of Cedar Park with highlighted sites discussed in this presentation—do your own walking tour and make new discoveries!

Kelley Drahushuk is a long-time resident of Hudson, NY with family history in the city dating back to the 1800’s. She, along with her husband Alan, own The Spotty Dog Books and Ale, now in its 12th year of operation on Hudson’s Warren Street in the former CH Evans Hook & Ladder building. She has served on the board of the Hudson Area Library and continues as a member of the History Room Committee. She earned a BS from Rochester Institute of Technology in Industrial Engineering. Two adorable children, a very chill cat and two noisy guinea pigs keep her quite busy.

The Friends of the City of Hudson’s Cemetery will hold their inaugural meeting on Tuesday, October 30, 6-8pm at the library. All are welcome. If you want to help preserve, maintain, and make the City of Hudson’s Cemetery a living, breathing part of our community, please attend the Friends of the City of Hudson’s Cemetery on Tuesday, October 30 from 6-8pm. Topics will include preservation, historical designation status, events and fundraisers. Talk to be lead by Rich Volo, 4th Ward Alderman and chair of the DPW subcommittee regarding the Cemetery.

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