Tales from Hudson’s Crypts: The Tour with Kelley Drahushuk

A scene from a Tales from Hudson’s Crypt tour w/ Kelley Drahushuk

UPDATE: THE TOUR IS CANCELED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER AND IS RESCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 12-1:30PM. IF YOU ARE REGISTERED PLEASE EMAIL PROGRAMS@HUDSONAREALIBRARY.ORG TO CONFIRM YOUR ATTENDANCE FOR THE NEW DATE.

Program Description: Our annual Tales from Hudson’s Crypts: The Tour with Kelley Drahushuk, which highlights the graves of figures from Hudson’s history is coming soon! The tour is very popular and is limited to 30 participants so register now if you are interested.

Date/Time: Sunday, October 27, 12-1:30pm.

Location: Cedar Park Cemetery. Meet in the parking lot of the main house.

Audience/Registration: This tour is open to all. Registration is required. Email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x101 or stop by the main desk of the library. A donation of $10 is suggested by not required. Continue reading

Local History Talk in Collaboration w/ Hudson Hall

Program Description: 

The History of Hudson’s Merchants & Whalers by Carl Whitbeck, part of the Hudson Area Library’s Local History Speaker series and being done in collaboration with Hudson Hall as part of their Hudson’s Merchants & Whalers series, will cover the commerce of Hudson from the time of its inception as a city in 1785 to the early 1960’s and through to the present. Mr. Whitbeck, a local resident whose family has deep roots in the area, will be displaying and discussing items from his own extensive local history collection.

Date/Time: Thursday, October 17, 6-7:30pm

Audience/Registration: UPDATE: This event is currently filled. A wait list will be formed the evening of the event in case of any openings. Reservations are encouraged. For more information and to reserve a seat visit: Hudson Hall Merchants & Whalers Please note: As this is a free event, please arrive at least 15 minutes before the beginning of the talk to ensure your seat.  Continue reading

Historic Canvas Map of Hudson Awaiting Restoration

UPDATE: This project has been fully funded. Thank you all, donors and those who shared our Go Fund Me fundraising campaign! We need your help to restore a unique map of the City of Hudson that dates back to 1871. The map is at the Northeast Document Conservation Center in Andover, MA awaiting treatment to clean and stabilize it. Thanks to a generous donor, we recently acquired this map for our History Room. Following its restoration, the map will be on display at the library and available digitally for public access. The map measures 4′ x 5′ and features 19 line drawings of prominent buildings. It’s current condition is legible but extremely fragile.

We have created a GoFundMe campaign to raise the necessary funds for the restoration project. For more information and to make a donation click here. All persons making a donation will have a unique opportunity to see the original copy up close and personal after restoration.

This map will be a valuable resource and a source of civic pride. Thank you in advance for your contribution to this valuable preservation project. Continue reading

Library Fundraiser: Hudson History Bus Tour

Program Description: Join our tenacious History Room researcher John Craig and Former Mayor Richard F. Tracy on the library’s first annual Hudson History Bus Tour for the lowdown on the REAL Hudson History! The tour begins and ends at Hudson Brewing Company (99 South 3rd Street) and winds its way through the streets of our beloved city stopping to discuss historic buildings, people, scandals and moments in history!

The tour is a fundraiser for the History Room and ticket prices will support the preservation, archiving, and digitizing of items in the library’s special collections pertaining to the history of the City of Hudson, Greenport and Stockport.

Date/Time: Sunday, June 9, 1-4pm.

Registration/Tickets: Tickets are $60 and seating is limited. UPDATE: As of 5/29 all seats have been reserved. If you would like to be added to the waitlist for this event or added to an email list to hear about future bus tours, please contact programs@hudsonarealibrary.org. Continue reading

Local History Talk on Gothic Revival House on Fairview Avenue

Program Description: The library presents the latest in its History Room Local History Speaker series: “Still Standing: The Farrand House on Fairview” by Paul Barrett. This historic and architecturally unique house has been in the news lately as there are plans to tear it down. Come and hear the history of the house while it is still standing!

Date/Time: Thursday, April 11, 6-7:30pm.

Recommended Audience: All are welcome. No registration necessary. Continue reading

Visit Our Two Locations during Hudson’s Winter Walk 2018

The library joins the festivities of Hudson’s Winter Walk 2018, December 1, 5-8pm, in two different locations. Our Tween Advisory Council has created a winter hut in honor of the library and some of their favorite children’s literary characters including Peter from Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, Harry Potter, and Gerald from the Elephant and Piggy series by Mo Willems. “It’s always a wonder to see the dedication our Tween Council members give when they participate in community projects. Creating a library scene in one of the winter park huts is very special because it’s for the younger children and the community to enjoy. There’s something nice about seeing a 10-year-old take responsibility for things,” stated the library’s Youth Services and Program Assistant. Come and view this display in Public Square (7th Street Park) across from the St. Charles Hotel.

In addition, the library’s History Room will have an exhibit at 427 Warren Street (the former City of Hudson Police Station) featuring examples from the library’s Historic Hudson Postcard Collection and other historic images including photos of the holidays in Hudson from years past by Howard Gibson. Our local history researchers will be on hand to answer questions and discuss our resources. Friends of the Hudson Area Library will provide home-baked desserts. And, the History Room, will have tshirts, notecards and framed and unframed giclèe copies of Hudson maps from 1881 and 1923 for sale as well as rare local history books.

Emily Chameides, Library Director, commented, “We’re excited to take part in this beloved community event and we are particularly proud to have the work of our Tween Council and the wonderful resources of our History Room celebrated through our participation.”

Kelley Drahushuk Leads Cedar Park Cemetery Tour with New Additions!

Last year’s tour was a big hit!

Program Description: The library and Greenport Historical Society is once again offering Kelley Drahushuk’s very popular Tales from Hudson’s Crypts: The TourKelley will speak about the history of the original cemetery, more recent discoveries as well as its current layout and she will discuss specific histories of some of the more prominent people buried there. New information will be included in  this year’s tour. The tour will finish with cider and Trixie’s Oven cookies, courtesy of Rich Volo, who is forming a Friends of the City of Hudson’s Cemetery group.

Time/Date: Sunday, October 28, 12-1:30pm (We’re ending in time for attendees to make the Hudson Trick or Treating (2pm) and Halloween Parade (4pm at Public Square) activities!

Registration: Registration is required. The tour will be limited to 30 participants so register as soon as possible by emailing programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, calling 518-828-1792 x101, or visiting the main desk in the library. Continue reading

Lance Wheeler Discusses News & History

Program Description: The latest in the Local History Speaker Series – Local News to Local History: Hudson Neighbors with Lance Wheeler – features videographer, newsman, and local resident Lance Wheeler. Mr. Wheeler has been recording news in our local area since the 1960s and this local history talk will be a retrospective of his over 40 year career covering local news.

Date/Time: Thursday, November 1, 6-7:30pm

Come hear his most memorable news stories from the Hudson, Greenport, and Stockport areas. A question and answer period and refreshments follow the talk. Continue reading