FDR: WPA Federal Art Project

WPA poster that reads Work Pays America! Prosperity. Works Progress Administration. Pictures are a man with a rake and a man with a sledgehammer holding hands behind a wheat stalk.
Program Description: Join Jeffrey Urbin educator from the Roosevelt Presidential Museum and Library in Hyde Park, NY who will discuss one of the lesser known aspects of the Works Progress Administration, the Federal Art Project. The Federal Art Project helped to ensure that the American creative spirit continued on in writing, visual arts, dance, and performance during the dark days of the Great Depression.

Date/Time: Monday, April 5, 6pm

Registration: Click here to access the meeting (passcode, if needed is FDR).

Offered in collaboration with the Claverack Free Library, Philmont Public Library, and the Roeliff Jansen Community Library. The third in a series of presentations from the Roosevelt Presidential Museum and Library to be held in 2021.
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FDR: The Four Freedoms

image courtesy of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum

Program description: On January 6, 1941, Franklin Roosevelt shared with the country his vision for a world founded on “four essential freedoms.” This history talk, offered by Jeffrey Urbin of the Roosevelt Presidential Museum and Library, brings into clearer focus the vision he held for all the world.

Date/Time: Monday, March 8, 6pm

Registration: Click here to access the meeting (passcode, if needed is FDR).

Offered in collaboration with the Claverack Free Library, Philmont Public Library, and the Roeliff Jansen Community Library. The second in a series of presentations from the Roosevelt Presidential Museum and Library to be held in 2021.
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FDR In The Hudson Valley

A black and white photograph of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt sitting on wooden chairs in a field, smiling at the camera.
Program description: The Roosevelt Estate in Hyde Park, NY was a place where FDR’s ideals, ambitions and character were shaped. This history talk, offered by Jeff Urbin of the Roosevelt Presidential Museum and Library, explores the magic the Hudson River Valley held for FDR.

Date/Time: Monday, February 8, 6pm

Registration: Click here to access the meeting (passcode, if needed is FDR).

Offered in collaboration with the Claverack Free Library, Philmont Public Library, and the Roeliff Jansen Community Library. The first in a series of presentations from the Roosevelt Presidential Museum and Library to be held in 2021.
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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.

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

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.

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