Remembering Neefus Photography, A Local History Speaker Talk

1958. Wendy Neefus, Jr. outside Neefus Studio on Warren Street.

Our History Room Local History Speaker Series event for May will feature Remembering Neefus Photography: Seven Decades of Unseen Images of Hudson by Wendover (Wendy) Neefus, III on Thursday, May 11 at 6pm.

Mr. Neefus will speak about the treasure trove of historic images of Hudson from the over 60 years that Neefus Photographers, once located at 743 Warren Street in Hudson, has been in business. A lot of people remember the photography studio on Warren Street as the place to go for graduation portraits and other life event photo sessions but the family also photographed buildings and life in and around Hudson during the three generations they were in business. Many of the negatives of these photographs were generously donated to our History Room Collection by Mr. Neefus and they have been digitized.
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At Ease: The Social Side of the Hudson Armory

An August 1947 advertisement for an evening of dancing & music at The Hudson Armory

The library’s History Room, as part of its Local History Speaker Series, and in honor of our year at The Armory, is pleased to present a talk on the social aspect of The Hudson Armory by Paul Barrett, on Thursday, April 27 at 6pm. Mr. Barrett, a researcher and local historian, is a sales agent for Hunt Real Estate and owner of The Country Squire B&B here in Hudson.

The State Armory in Hudson provided space for local militia to gather, train and store arms and ammunition. “Preparedness,” as it was called, was a serious function of the armory. The Hudson Armory was also used as a community center providing a place for social functions, public meetings, sporting events and fundraisers. Mr. Barrett will discuss how The Hudson Armory served as the backdrop for a wide variety of venues including beauty contests, big band performances, basketball tournaments, business expositions, exotic car shows and was even the center of a controversial brush with The Cold War.

This presentation is free and open to the public and will be in the library’s community room, which is wheelchair accessible. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. A question and answer period will follow, accompanied by light refreshments.


Creative Writing for Seniors

The library and the City of Hudson Senior Center present Creative Writing for Seniors, a 4-week creative writing class for seniors beginning Thursday, March 23 from 4 – 5:30pm.

This free class is taught by author, artist, educator, and social activist Maureen McNeil. McNeil has created writing programs for NYC public school students, US prisoners, seniors, veterans, and families of 9/11 victims. She believes that everyone’s story is needed to help solve the problems of the world.
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The Blue & the Gray: Early Potteries in and Around Hudson by Jon Meredith

2 gallon stoneware jug, marked C.W. HINSDALE & CO., DRUGGISTS, HUDSON, N.Y. with blue bird. Made for Charles Hinsdale, who operated a drug store at 305 Warren Street in Hudson, NY. Attributed to Hudson NY Pottery / Hudson Pottery Co., Hudson, NY, ca. 1867-69. (Collection of Jon and April Meredith)

The library’s History Room, as part of its Local History Speaker Series, will be presenting The Blue & the Gray: Early Potteries in and Around Hudson by Jon Meredith on Thursday, February 16 at 6pm.

Jon Meredith will be speaking on the stoneware industry that flourished in Hudson in the 1800s. Mr. Meredith has researched and collected Columbia County, NY stoneware over the last thirty six years, including pieces produced at the potteries in Hudson, NY, as well as pieces made for various merchants throughout the county. Continue reading


Governor Cuomo Makes Broadband Announcement from Library Community Room

We were pleased to host Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in the library’s Community Room Wednesday, August 3 for an announcement on the progress of the New NY Broadband Program. The goal of the program is to provide New Yorkers with access to internet download speeds of up to 100 Mbps in most areas, and 25 Mbps in the most remote parts of the state, by the end of 2018. Columbia County has been selected as one of the first 6 counties targeted for expansion. For more information, visit Governor Cuomo’s press page.

Governor Cuomo Announces Broadband Improvements in Hudson


Youth Ages 9-13 are Invited to HACK THE LIBRARY! This Summer

powrplntHACK THE LIBRARY! is a FREE weekend of labs for kids centered around learning how to create digital work taught by digital artists. Digital art is a medium that uses digital technology to create works of art. Participants will learn how to use various programs to construct, share and maximize ideas culminating in a collaborative session in which participants will create a new website to showcase work that will be hosted on

These labs encompass sound, video and images made for but not limited to digital distribution. Labs are run by artists whose work are specialized in the field. This art-base is geared toward kids ages 9-13. Orientation will take place on Saturday, July 9 from 11am to 1pm. Sunday (July 10) & Monday (July 11) there will be a full day from 10am to 4pm. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. This program is co-organized by New York-based digital art educators, Powrplnt, local zine publication ZeroCool and the Hudson Area Library.

Space is limited! Sign up at the library or by calling 518-828-1792 x101. The sign up form is accessible here: HACK THE LIBRARY! sign up form.


Mother’s Day Fashion Show Planned

The Hudson Area Library is hosting a Mother’s Day Fashion Show & Tea on Sunday, May 8th beginning at 2pm. Featured clothing is from the vintage shop, Discipline Park. Models are from the community and include Mothers and daughters. Space is limited. For tickets, go to

The Hudson Area Library is hosting a Mother’s Day Fashion Show & Tea on Sunday, May 8, beginning at 2pm. Featured clothing is from the vintage shop, Discipline Park. Models are from the community and include Mothers and daughters. Space is limited. 

In an effort to try and give area Moms an alternative to the standard “let’s-go-out-to-lunch” celebration, the NEW Hudson Area Library is presenting a Mother’s Day Fashion Show & Tea. The afternoon, held on Mother’s Day, May 8, begins at 2pm. There will be an assortment of home baked cakes and cookies for each ticket-holder to choose from. Tea, supplied by Verdigris-Hudson, will be available, too and background music is being mixed by Hudson’s own Young Paris. FACE Stockholm will be doing the make-up for the models as well as demonstrating some of their make-up tricks prior to the show.

“We hope to have a few of the models on stage as they get their make-up applied,” said Rosalie Hogan, representative from FACE Stockholm. “People always love to watch make-up artists. And, we have some young models who will be thrilled to have their make-up done by professionals.” FACE Stockholm will also have products available for sale.

The high-point of the day will be the fashion show utilizing vintage clothes supplied by Hudson retailer “Discipline Park”. Outfits cover several decades, but were selected and styled to be worn today. Shop owner Marlene Marshall worked with each model to make sure outfits were fun to wear and matched the personality of the individual. “This event is supposed to be fun,” she said. “You can style these pieces with leggings or scarves and they are just as wearable today as they were when they were new.”

In keeping with the Mother’s Day theme, some local models are Mother-daughter pairs. “I tried to relate the outfits somewhat,” Marshall added. “It was fun to see how the pairs commented on each other’s selections.”

The event is a fundraiser for the Library and will be held in the new Community Room at 51 North 5th Street. Tickets are $25.00 each. $10.00 for an accompanied Mom. They can be purchased in advance. Click here! Reservations are suggested.