History Room on Zoom: Bitsy Sheffer-Winig and Pat Maloy Talk About The Blue Anchor

In this episode of The History Room on Zoom, Gary interviews Bitsy Sheffer-Winig and Pat Maloy, who talk about The Blue Anchor. 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.

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.

NEW: History Room Resources Digitized

As part of our ongoing mission to make History Room resources accessible to the public we have been scanning a selection of editions from our collection of City of Hudson Directories (1851- the present day) and are now placing the first completed pdfs online for researchers and local history enthusiasts alike.

Click here for the link to these directories.
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Watch The “Turkish Captivity” of Jacob Leisler

 

On Thursday, January 28, 2021, Dr. David Voorhees of the Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History presented a talk on Jacob Leisler’s capture and enslavement by pirates in 1677. The lecture focused on Leisler and his family members’ dramatic captivity, the efforts to obtain the prisoners’ release, and their enslavement’s subsequent impact on New York Politics.

This talk was presented by the Hudson Area Library History Room in conjunction with the Jacob Leisler Institute, and was made possible through the generous support of the Van Dyke Family Institute.

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

Historic City of Hudson Directories Now Digitized

Before telephone directories, there were city directories. These books listed names, addresses, professions, and sometimes marital relation and ethnicity, of people in cities. They also advertised and listed local businesses. They are one of the crown jewels of the library’s History Room Collection and are invaluable in our research.

The City of Hudson has had a yearly directory from 1851 to the present day. Below is a selection of the City of Hudson’s Directories that we have digitized and are making available online. Please select the decade below to view availability and to view digitized years.

This is an ongoing project to make the historic resources from the History Room of the library accessible to the public

Directories

History Room on Zoom: History of the US Census and 2020 Census with the Jacob Leisler Institute

History Room on Zoom: Early NY Census History to Census 2020

In this episode of The History Room on Zoom, Gary interviews David Voorhees of the Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early NY History and Tina Lesem, who works at the Hudson Area Library and the Jacob Leisler Institute, on the history of the US Census and the importance of completing the 2020 Census.

Our library team is here to help you and your neighbors complete the 2020 Census – due September 30, 2020. We have team members ready to assist you in English, Spanish, Bengali, and Mandarin Chinese. For an appointment email info@hudsonarealibrary.org. You can also submit your census form online at 2020census.gov.

We’ve embedded the video above 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.

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!

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.