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The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the entire globe in a historic way. The killing of George Floyd has sparked protests in our community, nation, and around the world as well as demands for police reform and restructuring to combat systemic racism in society. Both of these events serve as the inspiration to collect the history …

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Virtual Local History Talk on the Purchase of Manhattan

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 by Stephen McErleane. Date/Time: Thursday, October 22, 6-7:30pm. Registration: To register and receive the Zoom link email brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101. A question and answer period will follow the talk.

Introducing the History Room on Zoom!

Gary Sheffer, Library Trustee and History Room Chair, has started a podcast in which he interviews local history experts and aficionados. In our first episode, Gary interviews Peter Cipkowski, Hillsdale Town Supervisor and former president of the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society. We’ve embedded the video here for your convenience. If you want to see it …

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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 …

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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 …

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Give the Gift of Hudson History This Holiday Season!

Not sure what to give that hard to shop for person? Not feeling the Black Friday madness? Looking for a unique gift that will create memories? The Hudson Area Library’s History Room can help with gifts that reflect the richness of the history of Hudson and Columbia County. Items for sale this holiday season include: …

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