The Library Partners with Leisler Institute & Gotham Center on Local History Talk on Native Americans

The Jacob Leisler Institute, in cooperation with Hudson Area Library and the Gotham Center for New York History, will present Natives on the Land: American Indians in the Mid-Hudson Valley by Dr. William A. Starna on Thursday, April 19 at 6pm at the library.

William Starna is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the State University of New York, Oneonta. He is a long-time student of the Iroquoian and Algonquian peoples of eastern North America, in addition to federal and state Indian relations. He has received several fellowships including from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a Senior Fellowship at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, and a New York State Library Research Residency. Dr. Starna is a Fellow of the New York Academy of History and a member of the board of trustees, The Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History. For many years Starna was a consultant with the Native American Rights Fund and has worked with over twenty American Indian tribes on land claims, treaty rights, and the federal acknowledgement process. He has written many books and articles on Native American and colonial history.

A question and answer period and refreshments will follow the talk. For more information email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

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Local History Speaker Series: The History of the Black Community in Hudson

From the collection of Toni Cross, Shiloh Baptist Church, 1954

Our next Local History Speaker series is a collaboration with the SBK Social Justice Center’s Barbershop Talks. “The History of the Black Community in Hudson” will take place in the Library’s Community Room on Thursday, February 8 at 6pm.

Local long-time Hudson residents will speak on their roots in and/or migration to Hudson. They will discuss remembrances of  the Hudson they grew up in and what Hudson is like now. These local recollections of family, community, and civic life will be explored in relation to public affairs issues around the topics of education, criminal justice, health and human services, and quality of life on the local, state, and national level, with an emphasis on how it affects minorities and people of color. Continue reading

Local History Speaker Series: Dr. Thomas Mounkhall on the Hudson River in a World History Context

We are pleased to welcome back Dr. Thomas Mounkhall to the library on Thursday, September 8 at 6pm and Sunday, September 11 at 4pm for a two part multimedia presentation as part of the library’s Local History Speaker Series. Both presentations will highlight the Hudson River during two significant time periods.

Dr. Thomas Mounkhall delivered the inaugural presentation in the Local History Speakers Series.

Dr. Thomas Mounkhall delivered the inaugural presentation in the Local History Speakers Series.

The first program (September 8) will cover the Hudson Valley from 20,000 BCE through 1500 CE, including migration, macro-change, flora diffusion, contingency and polycentrism. Mounkhall will then discuss Western European voyages of exploration through the influence of the Erie Canal on New York City from 1500 to 1830 in his second presentation (September 11).

A question and answer session will follow each presentation, accompanied by light refreshments. Attendees are welcome to come to one or both presentations. The presentations will be held in the library’s Community Room with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dr. Mounkhall has a doctorate in Modern World History from St. John’s University and over thirty years experience teaching World History in secondary schools. He is a former Adjunct Professor at SUNY New Paltz and has directed institutes in World History for high school teachers around the country. The Local History Speaker Series is a series of free monthly talks on diverse topics related to the history of Hudson, Greenport, Stockport, and Columbia County.

Visit The Eleanor Restoration Exhibit at the History Room

An old, black-and-white photo of a sloop on the river. It is manned by seven people.

The Hudson River Historic Boat Restoration & Sailing Society Inc. is restoring this famous boat in Hudson!

The Eleanor is the last remaining “raceabout” sloop, a class of boats designed for speed. The Hudson River Historic Boat Restoration & Sailing Society Inc. are restoring the raceabout at the Hudson Riverfront Industrial Park building, and have made a very informative exhibit in the History Room, located at the back of the library. Learn more about this amazing boat being brought back to the waters in your town!

Local History Speaker Series Welcomes Peter Jung

The Tappen Zee, 1862 by Sanford R. Gifford

The Tappen Zee, 1862 by Sanford R. Gifford

The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to welcome back Peter Jung to the library on Thursday, June 9th at 6:00pm as a guest speaker in the Hudson Area Library’s Local History Speaker Series. Jung will offer a fascinating follow up presentation discussing the Art of the Hudson River School (1825-1875), specifically the local artists Sanford. R. Gifford, Frederic Church and Thomas Cole. Seventy images and paintings will be shown, along with details of the artists’ lives and their circumstances. A question and answer period will follow, accompanied by light refreshments.
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Local History Speaker Series presents: An Evening of Reminiscence

Night view of Warren Street, Hudson. Image from the Koweek Digital Photograph Collection, Hudson Area Library, 2016.

Night view of Warren Street, Hudson. Image from the Koweek Digital Photograph Collection, Hudson Area Library, 2016.

The Hudson Area Library wants to hear your stories about early Hudson!

The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library is excited to present an evening of local history featuring your personal stories, experiences and memories of years gone by as part of the Local History Speaker Series. This very special event will be held on Thursday, May 12 from 6-8pm, followed by light refreshments. A sign up sheet will be available thirty minutes prior to the event and participants will be given approximately seven minutes to present their story to the audience. All participants are encouraged to bring in photos, documents and other Hudson memorabilia to share.
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Local History Speaker Series Presents Brian Reid

Photo by Ned Gerard

Photo by Ned Gerard


The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to welcome Brian Reid to the library on Thursday, November 12 at 6:00pm as the guest speaker in the Hudson Area Library’s Local History Speaker Series. Mr. Reid will discuss 200 years of ice yachting on the Hudson River including the origins, major sailors in the Hudson Valley and the history of the Hudson River Ice Yacht Club.
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Norma Hart Has Passed Away

Norma HartWe have sad news to share. Norma Hart, longtime library supporter, Friend, and former librarian, has passed away. Many have fond memories of her in the Children’s Room, and to this day remember the library as ‘Ms. Hart’s Library.’ Norma was also the visionary and creator behind the formation of the Library’s History Room Collection over 40 years ago.

After being honored by the Friends of the Hudson Area Library at their Annual Meeting in April 2014, Ms. Hart shared these words of wisdom: “you have to bring some light to whatever corner of the world you are in.” We are forever grateful to Ms. Hart for her many contributions to the library and for shining her light in our little corner of the world for so many wonderful years. We will miss her dearly.

Local History Speaker Series Welcomes Arlene Levinson

Star of David
The History Room Committee of the Hudson Area Library is pleased to welcome Arlene Levinson to the library on Thursday, September 10th at 6:00pm as the guest speaker in the Hudson Area Library’s Local History Speaker Series. Ms. Levinson will present the history of the Jewish community in Hudson from the late 1800’s and the founding of the Congregation Anshe Emeth.
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