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FDR: Rural Electrification

Program Description: In 1933, 90% of America’s farmers lived without electricity. Join Jeffrey Urbin educator from the Roosevelt Presidential Museum and Library in Hyde Park, NY who will discuss how FDR sparked economic growth and improved living standards by bringing affordable electricity to rural Americans. Date/Time: Monday, May 3, 6pm Registration: Click here to access …

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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.

FDR: WPA Federal Art Project

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 …

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FDR: The Four Freedoms

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 …

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A black and white photograph of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt sitting on wooden chairs in a field, smiling at the camera.

FDR In The Hudson Valley

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 …

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

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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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Local History Talk on Colonial NY Censuses

Program Description: Dr. David W. Voorhees presents the next lecture in the library’s Local History Speaker series. Explore the world of early censuses with a focus on New Netherland and colonial New York. Date/Time: Thursday, January 9, 6:00-7:30pm.