Contribute to our Local History Archive

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 of our community during this time for use by future researchers. The Hudson Area Library History Room Committee invites you to submit images (photos, artwork), videos, and words (poems, stories, journal entries, personal essays) that help to document the personal experiences of our community in 2020.

Those wishing to contribute to the archive can submit work through the library’s website by following the link “Community Archiving of Local History” found underneath the main banner on the home page or by clicking here. If you are contributing works as physical items rather than digital submissions, please also submit using the form on the website to schedule your drop-off. In keeping with the mission of the Hudson Area Library’s History Room, we request that all submissions be either from individuals who live in the library’s service area – Hudson, Greenport and Stockport – or that feature these areas as the main subject.

To learn more about our community’s rich history, please visit our History Room page.

Virtual Local History Talk on the Purchase of Manhattan

Purchase of Manhattan Island from the Indians by the Dutch in 1626, 1853, William Ranney (1813–1857)

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. Continue reading

History Room on Zoom: Kelley Drahushuk

Interview with Kelley Drahushuk

In this episode of The History Room on Zoom, Gary interviews Kelley Drahushuk, a member of our History Room Committee and co-owner of Spotty Dog Books & Ale. We’ve embedded the video here for your convenience. If you wish to view the video on YouTube, please click here. For more interviews and videos, and to learn more about our community’s rich history, please visit our History Room page.

Introducing the History Room on Zoom!

Interview With Peter Cipkowski

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 on YouTube, please click here. For more interviews, videos, and to learn more about our community’s rich history, please visit our History Room page.

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

A Successful Hudson History Bus Tour!

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!

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

Give the Gift of Hudson History This Holiday Season!

Bird’s Eye View of Hudson, New York, 1881

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:

  • Notecards & postcards of historic Warren Street & other images of Hudson’s past
  • tshirts of historic Warren Street
  • giclèe prints of an original 1881 “Bird’s Eye View of Hudson, New York” (32.5” x 21.5”) map and a “1923 Aeroview of Hudson, New York” (43” x 22”) image created from a dirigible!

Interested shoppers can stop by the main desk at the library or go online where the History Room Shop is open 24/7 on our website at this link. Some of the History Room items will be featured at the library’s Winter Walk location, 427 Warren Street, on December 1, 5-8pm and all items are available at the library. Continue reading