RESCHEDULED: Local History Speakers Series Event

UPDATE: Out of concern for the well-being of our community, all Hudson Area Library programs, classes, group meetings, and events are currently suspended. For information on precautions to stay healthy, for links to government websites with the latest news on Covid-19, and for links to our library online resources visit this link.

Purchase of Manhattan Island from the Indians by the Dutch in 1626, William Ranney 1853

Program Description: The library and the Jacob Leisler Institute present “Imagination Aided by the Painter’s Brush”: The Creation of the Purchase of Manhattan, 1844–1909, a lecture by Stephen McErleane, Director of the New Netherland Institute.

Date/Time: This program will be rescheduled. The new date and time will be announced on the library website.

Audience/Registration: Free and open to the public. The library’s Community Room is wheelchair accessible. No registration required. Continue reading

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Fundraiser: Lecture on Historical Significance of Impeachment in the U.S.

Program Description: Author and historian, Dr. Christopher Leahy, will deliver an overview of the historical significance of impeachment in the United States – its historical basis, constitutional significance, and the impeachment process. Additionally, Dr. Leahy will share details from his forthcoming book – President Without a Party: The Life of John Tyler – on the 10th US President John Tyler who, in a little-known episode of our history, was the first American president to contend with the threat of impeachment. The lecture will be followed by Q&A and light refreshments. This lecture is offered in collaboration with the Columbia County Historical Society.

Date/Time/Location: Saturday, February 1, 4pm in the Hudson Area Library Community Room

Registration: Advance tickets are available for $15 on the CCHS website. Tickets will be available at the door on a first come first serve basis ($15 for CCHS members and HAL cardholders, $20 for non-members).

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The Hollywood Blacklist: A History Talk Not So Local

Elia Kazan (here with Marlon Brando) used On the Waterfront to justify his actions as an informer.

Program Description: This talk by Rick Winston, author of the recently published Red Scare in the Green Mountains: Vermont in the McCarthy Era 1946-1960, explores the origins of the blacklist in the formation of the Screen Writers’ Guild in 1933, how the blacklist worked, and what led to the its end. Controversial personalities of the time (studio boss Louis B. Mayer, writer Dalton Trumbo, and director Elia Kazan, among others) are discussed and clips from films affected by the fear that consumed Hollywood, including High Noon, On the Waterfront, and Salt of the Earth will be shown.

Date/Time: Thursday, September 27, 6 – 7:30pm Continue reading

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Non-fiction Book Group to Discuss The Island at the Center of the World

Program Description:  This month’s Non-fiction Book Group reading is The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America by Russell Shorto. Shorto write, “If what made America great was its ingenious openness to different cultures. The small triangle of land at the southern tip of Manhattan Island is the birthplace of that idea: This island city would become the first multiethnic, upwardly mobile society on America’s shores, a prototype of the kind of society that would be duplicated throughout the country and around the world.”

Date/Time: Monday, September 24, 6 – 8pm Continue reading

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Opening Reception: Wish You Were Here: A Look Back at Life in Hudson Through Vintage Postcards

Program Description: Wish You Were Here: A Look Back at Life in Hudson Through Vintage Postcards is the library’s first ever History Room collection exhibit; curated by David Murphy of Hudson, former president of the library’s Board of Trustees and a member of its History Room Committee. The opening includes a presentation on the collection, hosted by Gary Sheffer, a native of Hudson. Wine and cheese reception to follow. Note cards and t-shirts will be available for purchase with an image of an iconic historic Hudson postcard. 

Date/Time: Thursday, September 6, 6-8pm (Opening Reception); the exhibit will be on display through October 31.                                  Continue reading

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Family Field Trip to Martin Van Buren National Historic Site

Hudson Area Library Kids in an Historic Tug O’ War!

Program Description: All ages and families are welcome to join us for a tour of & activities at the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site. Transportation and lunch will be provided. To sign up email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x1010. Meet at the library at 11:30am to join us on this annual free family trip. Rain or shine we will be heading out!

Date/Time: Monday, July 23, 11:30 – 3pm

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A Holiday Gift Suggestion: A Local History Treasure!

Detail view of segment of “Aero-view of Hudson, NY”

Looking for a unique and timeless gift for a special someone this holiday season? The 1923 original of this dirigible’s-eye view of Hudson is part of the local history collection at the Hudson Area Library. It was meticulously cleaned and re-stored prior to being reproduced using an archival inkjet process. The result is this re-issue available in a museum quality frame with conservation glass ($450) or unframed ($150). It measures 43” x 22”.

Framed and unframed prints are available for purchase at The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street in Hudson and here at the library.

Proceeds from these sales benefit the Hudson Area Library.

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