Category: History

Virtual Talk on History of the Underground Railroad in Capital Region, Feb 25


The Hudson Area Library, as part of its series of local history talks, presents People of Courage, People of Hope, Seekers of Justice – The Underground Railroad Revisited, on Thursday, February 25th. Paul and Mary Liz Stewart of the Underground Railroad Education Center, independent researchers and Scholars in Residence at Russell Sage College, share their seminal research on the Underground Railroad movement in upstate New York, specifically the Albany/Troy area. A question and answer period will follow the talk.

The Underground Railroad, often characterized in our historical memory by tunnels, dark of night escapes, coded language and secret hiding places, was far more extensive and complex than these ideas have led us to believe.  In the midst of significant pro-slavery sentiment, New York State was home to many abolitionists working to end the institution of enslavement in our state and nation and it was visited by many who had escaped enslavement and sought a life of freedom. Join with the Stewarts as they share a new interpretation of a very old story and explain the various initiatives in which Underground Railroad Education Center is engaged as it works to connect the public with this local history and its relevance for us today. 

Underground Railroad Education Center researches and preserves the local and national history of the Underground Railroad movement, its international connections, and its legacy for today’s social justice issues, thereby empowering people of all ages to be agents of change toward an equitable and just society.

DATE/TIME: Thursday, February 25, 2021 / 6 – 7:30pm

Visit for Zoom registration link or contact Brenda Shufelt at 518-828-1792 x106 or


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Shaker Museum Snowshoe Adventure at Mount Lebanon, Feb 20

Shaker Museum is hosting a Snowshoe Adventure at the historic Mount Lebanon site in New Lebanon, on Saturday, February 20th. 

Snowshoes will be provided and the adventure starts at the Great Stone Barn. Participants will be free to explore the North Pasture and hiking trails at their leisure; the grounds offer ample space on which to spread out in a unique landscape. Masks will be required for snowshoe fittings, and social distancing guidelines will be followed.

This is entirely an outdoor event. Please note that bathroom facilities are not available. Snowshoe sizes range from Adult Small to Adult Large. In addition to purchasing the ticket, participants are asked to please complete the ​waiver and shoe size questionnaire​. If conditions do not allow for snowshoeing on the scheduled date the event will be cancelled, and all participants will receive full refunds.

DATE/TIMESaturday, February 20, 2021 / 10AM to 12PM

ADMISSION: Open to the Public. Tickets are free for Shaker Museum members. $15 for non-members.  Available through the ​museum’s website​.

LOCATIONShaker Museum/Mount Lebanon
202 Shaker Road
New Lebanon, NY



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The American Girls of Clermont, Virtual Event, Jan 30

The Friends of Cleremont is hosting an Online History Event for kids – The American Girls of Clermont – on Saturday, January 30th.

Learn about the lives of 12 young women who once called Clermont home. Using the beautifully customized dolls created by Friends of Clermont member Adrienne Westmore, the virtual event will take a deeper look into the lives of young women at Clermont and the time periods that shaped them. A great event for kids who love history!

DATE/TIME: Saturday, June 30, 2021 / 2pm

LOCATION: Online at



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Local History Event: Collaboration of Jacob Leisler Institute and Hudson Area Library

The Hudson Area Library and the Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History present The “Turkish Captivity” of Jacob Leisler and the Susanna by David Voorhees, on Thursday, January 28. The lecture is the first of four collaborations between the two organizations, each featuring an expert in early colonial history. A question and answer period will follow the talk. 

The Turkish Captivity follows the capture in Africa of Dutch New Yorker Jacob Leisler. Throughout the early modern era, North African raiders known as Barbary Corsairs, trolled Europe’s coasts from the Aegean Sea to the Netherlands and as far north as Iceland in search of European slaves. American ships were among their victims. On October 8, 1677, Algerian Corsairs boarded New York City merchant Jacob Leisler’s ship Susannah in the English Channel and captured Leisler along with his crew, two stepsons, nephew, and a passenger. This lecture focuses on the Susannah’s dramatic captivity, the efforts to obtain the prisoners release, and their enslavement’s subsequent impact on New York politics. 

Dr. Voorhees is director of the Jacob Leisler Papers Project, formerly located at New York University, as well as the Jacob Leisler Institute headquartered in Hudson. He’s also managing editor of de Halve Maen (The Half Moon), a quarterly scholarly journal published by The Holland Society of New York. An NYU research scientist, he is a former managing reference history editor at Charles Scribner’s Sons and has published numerous historical works and articles, and been a consultant on historical exhibits at the Museum of the City of New York and the Bard Graduate Center in Manhattan among others.

The Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History is an independent, not-for-profit study and research center devoted to collecting, preserving, and disseminating information relating to colonial New York under English rule. In the years spanning 1664 to 1773, New York province’s diverse European settlements and Native American and African populations fused into a cosmopolitan colonial territory with ties throughout the Atlantic World. The Institute is unique in focusing on this under examined 109-year period in American history.

The Institute contains a collection of original, digital, and/or paper copies of primary source manuscripts, books, maps, and illustrative materials, as well as a library of secondary resources that provide scholarly context to the primary sources. The Jacob Leisler Institute is an open resource for both scholars and the interested public. 

The Hudson Area Library History Room houses a special collection that pertains to the history of the City of Hudson, Greenport and Stockport; as well as Columbia County and New York State. The History Room also hosts the Local History Speaker Series at the library, offering free monthly talks on diverse topics related to the history of Hudson, Greenport, Stockport, and Columbia County

DATE/TIME: Thursday, January 28, 6-7:30pm

Visit for registration link or contact Brenda Shufelt at 518-828-1792 x106 or


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Legends by Candlelight Ghost Encounters at Clermont

The highlight of Clermont’s fall season is back. Legends by Candlelight Ghost Encounters will take place on the next four Fridays and Saturdays, October 16, 17, 23 and 24.

Guests will find themselves at a special lecture given by Clermont’s curator when something goes wrong and the spirits of the house are released. Ghosts will emerge from Clermont to tell their stories of love, loss, success and failure. Some ghosts are scary, and some are funny, but all the stories they tell are true!

Visitors will be seated on the lawn of Clermont surrounded by the flickering specters of Jack-o’-lanterns. Please bring your own lawn chair and/or blanket, and since it will be outdoors, be sure to dress for the weather.

Please note Clermont follows all NYS Department of Health guidelines for safety during the Covid-19 pandemic. Masks and social distancing will be required of all visitors until these guidelines are lifted by New York State Parks.

DATES/TIMES: Fridays and Saturdays, October 16, 17, 23, 24, 2020
Encounter times: 6pm, 7pm, 8pm

ADMISSIONAdults $12 / Children (5 – 12) $5
Advance tickets are required and no walk-ins allowed.
To reserve or for more information, call (518) 537-4240.
Tickets sell out, so reserve soon.

LOCATION: The Clermont Mansion
87 Clermont Avenue,
Germantown, NY 12526


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