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: November 15, 2021
Adults, Friends, Fundraising, History Room, News, Programs

Give the Gift of Hudson’s History & Our Library at Winter Walk

Before Hudson’s Winter Walk festivities begin on Saturday, December 4, the library will have a special one-day sale 3-5pm, Give the Gift of Hudson’s History, at the library. After purchasing unique items for your holiday shopping at the library head out to Warren Street, 5-8pm, as Winter Walk returns to its street festival format to celebrate 25 years as Hudson’s favorite winter celebration. And make sure you visit the Hudson Area Library’s homage to Hudson’s fascinating history at 441 Warren Street, which includes Bob Rasner’s vintage trains set in an historic setting of Warren Street buildings.

The sale at the library includes archival quality copies of historic maps, aeroviews, and posters of Hudson from 1871 – 1923; sets of night-scene and Warren Street postcards; a set of note cards of prominent buildings from an 1871 map of Hudson; and tote bags and tea towels with a line drawing of the historic Armory by local artist and musician Tony Kieraldo. To view these items, visit the new History Room website, historyroom.hudsonarealibrary.org, and click on “Shop”. In addition to items in the online shop, there will be unique gifts including one of a kind framed photographs and antique books on the history of Hudson.

All proceeds benefit the Hudson Area Library’s History Room. Consider giving the Gift of Hudson’s History this holiday season! Your friends and family will receive unique items and you will be funding the work of preserving and making accessible to the public the history of the Hudson area.

441 Warren Street, our Winter Walk 2021 home, happens to be the former home of Rowles Studio, which preserved negatives from various photographic studios in the building from the 1860s into the 1980s that capture Hudson throughout these years. The window at 441 Warren Street will feature images from Rowles as well as historic postcard and map collections. 


“The library is pleased to participate in Winter Walk for the fourth year. We are proud and happy to share some of our History Room resources with Warren Street visitors this holiday season”, stated Emily Chameides, library director, “We congratulate Hudson Hall on its 25th Anniversary of this marvelous community event!”

Posted: November 2, 2021
Adults, Friends, Fundraising, History Room, News, Programs

The Library’s History Room Shop at Basilica Hudson’s Farm & Flea

Our History Room Shop will be at Basilica Hudson’s Farm & Flea 2021. Stop by and purchase unique gifts representing Hudson’s history! To see items for sale visit the Online Shop. For more information on Farm & Flea click here.

All proceeds from History Room Shop sales benefit the History Room and its mission of preserving, archiving, and making available images and material of the history of Hudson.

Posted: October 14, 2021
Adults, History Room, News, Programs, Videos

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: October 9, 2021
Adults, History Room, News, Programs, Young Adults

Tales from Hudson’s Crypts: The Tour

Program Description: Kelley Drahushuk leads her annual tour of Cedar Park Cemetery for the 5th year- join us for 2021’s Tales from Hudson’s Crypts: The Tour

Date/Time: Sunday, October 24, 12-1:30pm (RAIN DATE: Saturday, October 30, 12-1:30pm).

Registration: Email brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x106. Participation is limited to 18 participants and is on a first come-first serve basis. Mask wearing and social distancing at all times is required. Donations are appreciated but not required and they will support the archiving and accessibility of the library’s History Room collection of the history of Hudson, Greenport and Stockport. 



Kelley Drahushuk’s 2016 talk at the library, Raising the Dead: Tales from Hudson’s Crypts, was so popular we began this tour and it has become an annual event. Kelley once again acts as our tour guide and has added new graves and new stories to the tour. 

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!

Posted: August 12, 2021
Adults, History Room, News, Programs, Young Adults

Tony Kieraldo’s “Hudson Ragtime Piano Suite” Album Launch

Program Description: Hudson Hall, in partnership with the Hudson Area Library, presents the launch of international recording artist, pianist, musical director, and composer Tony Kieraldo’s new album, Hudson Ragtime Piano Suite with a concert in Hudson Hall’s historic 1855 theater. Peppered with fascinating, personal, and oftentimes hilarious stories from residents and historians, Kieraldo takes us on a musical tour of Hudson’s five major streets – Warren, Diamond (now known as Columbia), State, Union and Allen.

Date/Time: Friday, October 8, 7pm

Registration/Tickets: Tickets are $15, with a portion of proceeds to benefit Kite’s Nest. Spotty Dog Books & Ale will be on site with copies of the vinyl album and songbook for purchase ($25). Tickets and information at hudsonhall.org or (518) 822-1438.

Composed in 2020 with seed funding from the Hudson Emergency Arts Fund, Kieraldo took inspiration from the past and present of the town in which he lives, naming each of his five Hudson Rags for streets in Hudson. This includes ‘Diamond Street’ (which, a century ago, was renamedColumbia Street), once the epicenter of the town’s red-light district. 

A propulsively syncopated musical style and forerunner of jazz, ragtime was the predominant style of American popular music from the 1890s to the early 1900s. Influenced by minstrel-show songs, African American banjo styles, syncopated dance rhythms, and elements of European music, ragtime is quintessential piano music. As Daniel Paget, Professor of Music Emeritus at John Jay College of the City University of New York says in the forward to the Hudson Ragtime Piano Suite songbook, “a more suitable subject for a ragtime work is hard to imagine.

To connect this colorful past with the present day, the evening features live performance by Kieraldo alongside filmed interviews with Hudson personalities such as Reverend Ed Cross, Carole Osterink of Gossips of Rivertown, former Mayor Richard Tracy, local historian Ken Sheffer and <insert name>. The Hudson Area Library History Room has also sourced archival images of each named street to project on Hudson Hall’s cinema-sized screen.

“Tony has always supported the Hudson Area Library with his enthusiastic engagement as a patron as well as his artistic talents,” says Brenda Shufelt, Hudson Area Library History Room Coordinator.  “We are particularly proud to have worked with Tony to research the history of the five main streets of Hudson for his book. Tony so obviously loves Hudson and its representative and sometimes quirky history. His compositions will add, fittingly, to our understanding of this city and why so many of us are taken with it and feel so at home in it.”

Tambra Dillon, Executive Director of Hudson Hall says, “we are thrilled to be working with Tony and the Hudson Area Library to bring this very special, uniquely Hudson event to our community. Much like our own historic theater, it beautifully connects Hudson’s fascinating history with the vibrant, creative, and diverse City it is today.”  

About Tony Kieraldo

Based in Hudson, Tony Kieraldo is currently a pianist with Postmodern Jukebox, musical director for the National Dance Institute in NYC and Celebrate the Beat in Colorado. In 2017, Tony performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert with the rock band, Bash & Pop following the release of their album, Anything Could Happen. He’s performed twice at the White House for first lady Michelle Obama and Barack Obama with Turnaround Arts where he performed with Sarah Jessica Parker, Keb Mo, and Bernie Williams. Tony also performed at the Kennedy Center with Taboo, Citizen Cope, and Lil’ Buck for Turnaround Arts. 


Hudson Ragtime Piano Suite marks Kieraldo’s return to Hudson Hall, having conducted the critically acclaimed opera The Mother of Us All in 2017, which was named one of the “Best Classical Music Performances of the Year” by the New York Times

Only the most recent five Adult Programs are shown here. Go to Adult Programs Archive for complete listings