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 & WhalersPlease 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 →
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 →
Recently we decided to take our Local History Speaker series “on the road” so to speak with a special fundraiser to support the conservation and archiving of the resources of the History Room: a Hudson History Bus Tour, offering the REAL history of Hudson. On June 9, Hudson Area Library’s inaugural local history tour set off with every seat occupied!
Guided by the enlightening commentary of one of our researchers and local history enthusiast-par-excellence, John Craig, with anecdotal additions by two born and raised Hudsonians: former Hudson mayor and tour bus driver, Richard F. Tracy; and library board member and a son and grandson of former mayors, Gary Sheffer, the tour lived up to its tagline of offering the REAL history.
The tour was accompanied by honored guest, Carole Osterink, author of the “Gossips of Rivertown” blog, and included a tour of Hudson Hall. Generous sponsoring businesses included the Johnston Bus Company, The Hudson Brewing Company, Hudson Hall, Hudson Home, Hudson Wine Merchants, Local 111 of Philmont, Solaris: The Artisan Shop at Camphill Hudson, Spotty Dog Books & Ale, Talbott & Arding, and TK Home & Garden.
Participants enjoyed the day, the swag bags they received, and many stayed at the The Hudson Brewing Company engaged in follow up conversations about Hudson’s amazing history at the end of the tour. A new tour is being planned for October so stay tuned!
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 email@example.com. Continue reading →
The Hudson Area Library and Columbia Memorial Health announce a joint fundraising event built on the growing interest in Columbia County, and specifically Hudson, as exceptional wedding destinations. The BRIDAL EXPO will be Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 10am to 4pm at Helsinki Hudson (405 Columbia St., Hudson, NY) to benefit the Hudson Area Library and Columbia Memorial Health.
This expo will feature 80 magnificent designer wedding gowns, many valued at more than $2,500, with each dress now priced at an affordable $300. The Expo is free to the public and complimentary refreshments will be served throughout the day. All proceeds from this one-day BRIDAL EXPO will benefit The Hudson Area Library and Columbia Memorial Health, while drawing attention to the talented wedding services available in the area. Continue reading →
The design of the new library at the Armory (5th and State Streets.) is almost complete. A design review was held recently in NYC with the architect Vincent Benic and his team (Winnie Moy and Lauren Printz). Dan Kent from the Galvan Foundation and Theresa Parsons, Mark Orton, and Library Director Emily Chameides attending.
With a just a few items outstanding the final cost estimates will be completed and we will be ready for the job of creating the detailed construction documents.