Program Description: The Hudson Area Library and the Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History invite the public to the opening reception of their exhibition The History of the Census in Hudson at the library.
Since ancient times, societies have kept counts of their population for various purposes. This exhibit examines the United States federal censuses that have been taken since 1790, the New York State censuses taken since 1825, colonial censuses that precede the American revolution, and the upcoming 2020 federal census. Focusing on Hudson from its founding and even earlier times, and includes original 1845 census books for the City of Hudson, displayed alongside maps, documents and images that illuminate the area’s growth and history. Additional information, regarding the 2020 census and its importance to Hudson and its inhabitants will also be on view.
Date/Time: Thursday, February 6 from 6pm until 7:30pm in the library’s community room. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit will be on display from February 6 until March 31.
Join us Sunday, December 3 at 3pm for a Local History Speaker Series talk, “The History of the Robert Jenkins House, a home in Hudson” by Jeane La Porta and Pat Fenoff. The Robert Jenkins House has been owned by the Hendrick Hudson Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution since 1900. The house was built in 1811 by Robert Jenkins, son of one of the original Proprietors of the City of Hudson, who went on to serve as third and fifth mayor of Hudson. Continue reading →
We are pleased to welcome back Dr. Thomas Mounkhall to the library on Thursday, September 8 at 6pm and Sunday, September 11 at 4pm for a two part multimedia presentation as part of the library’s Local History Speaker Series. Both presentations will highlight the Hudson River during two significant time periods.
Dr. Thomas Mounkhall delivered the inaugural presentation in the Local History Speakers Series.
The first program (September 8) will cover the Hudson Valley from 20,000 BCE through 1500 CE, including migration, macro-change, flora diffusion, contingency and polycentrism. Mounkhall will then discuss Western European voyages of exploration through the influence of the Erie Canal on New York City from 1500 to 1830 in his second presentation (September 11).
A question and answer session will follow each presentation, accompanied by light refreshments. Attendees are welcome to come to one or both presentations. The presentations will be held in the library’s Community Room with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Dr. Mounkhall has a doctorate in Modern World History from St. John’s University and over thirty years experience teaching World History in secondary schools. He is a former Adjunct Professor at SUNY New Paltz and has directed institutes in World History for high school teachers around the country. The Local History Speaker Series is a series of free monthly talks on diverse topics related to the history of Hudson, Greenport, Stockport, and Columbia County.
The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to host an evening of Local Beer Meets Local History at The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, on Thursday, August 6th at 6:00 pm, featuring Craig Gravina, author of Upper Hudson Valley Beer. Gravina will be joined by Neil Evans, owner of CH Evans Brewing Company at the Albany Pump Station, who will discuss the history of the Evans Brewery in Hudson prior to Prohibition. Gravina will discuss other breweries operating in the area during the same time period, as well as the resurgence of brewing in the Hudson Valley.
A tasting flight featuring Evans Ales will be offered along with a pint of your choice for $15, with proceeds to benefit the ongoing preservation efforts of the local history collection at the library. Continue reading →
The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to welcome Peter Jung to the library on Thursday, March 5th at 5:30pm as a guest speaker in the Hudson Area Library’s Local History Speaker Series. Jung will offer a fascinating presentation discussing the Art of the Hudson River School (1825-1875). Images and paintings will also be shown, along with details of the artists’ lives and their circumstances. A question and answer period will follow, accompanied by light refreshments. Continue reading →
The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to welcome Jon Meredith as September’s local history speaker. Meredith, a collector and dealer of local historical ephemera, will offer a presentation focused on historical postcards, primarily from Hudson and surrounding areas, and will include actual postcards for folks to view from his personal collection.
The presentation will be held on Saturday, September 27 at 3:30 on the first floor of the Hudson Area Library, with wheelchair access on the northeast side of the building. Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Light refreshments will be served.
The History Room Committee’s Local History Speaker Series offers bimonthly talks on diverse topics related to the history of Hudson, Greenport, Stockport, and Columbia County. The Hudson Area Library’s History Room houses a special collection that pertains to the history of the City of Hudson, as well as Columbia County and New York State. The History room is open Tuesday evenings from 5:30-7:30pm, Saturdays from 10am-12pm, and by appointment.