Category: History

Co Co Libraries Assoc. & NY Historical Society Virtual Presentation: Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The New York Historical Society honors the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg with an expansive and engaging look at the justice’s life and work, highlighting her ceaseless efforts to protect civil rights and foster equal opportunity for all Americans.

This is the next in a series of Virtual Presentations by the New York Historical Society, brought to you in partnership with the Columbia County Libraries Association.

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, January 19, 2022 / 6pm

Please contact a Columbia County library to register and receive login instructions


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Hudson Area Library Virtual Talk on Jacob Leisler by Dr. David Voorhees, Jan 27

IMAGE CREDIT: The Execution of Jacob Leisler by R. Perry

The Hudson Area Library History Room in collaboration with the Jacob Leisler Institute for the
Study of Early New York History presents Fanatic or Martyr: Jacob Leisler, a Window into an
, a virtual talk by Dr. David Voorhees on Thursday, January 27th.

On May 16, 1691, Jacob Leisler, de facto governor of New York, was hung til half-dead then
beheaded before the largest gathering in New York City up to that date. Leisler’s administration
had created a bitter division in New York. This presentation looks at how the deep emotions
Jacob Leisler aroused reveal much about the milieu in which he lived and continued to echo in
historical evaluations. Moreover, Leisler’s immediate family and their households of servants
and enslaved persons, their trade and marital connections, and their actions provide insights into
the broader social, ideological, economic, artistic, and political events of colonial New York and
its place in the larger world at a time of tremendous change.

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 Library Lectures are made partially possible through the generous support of
the Van Dyke Family Foundation.

DATE/TIME: Thursday, January 27, 2022 / 6 – 7:30pm

LOCATION: The Hudson Area Library
51 North Fifth St.,

Hudson, NY 12534

REGISTRATION: Visit for the Zoom registration link


For more information contact Brenda Shufelt, History Room Coordinator, at 518-828-1792 x106 or

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Special One-Day Sale at Hudson Area Library

Visit the Hudson Area Library for a Special One-Day Sale of Hudson’s History then
visit the Library’s Holiday Window Display at Winter Walk 25th Anniversary!

On Saturday, December 4th before Hudson’s Winter Walk festivities begin, the library will
have a special one-day sale, Give the Gift of Hudson’s History, in the community room of the
library at 51 North 5th Street. After purchasing unique items for your holiday shopping at the
library head out to Warren Street, 5-8pm, as Winter Walk returns to its street festival format to
celebrate 25 years as Hudson’s favorite winter celebration. And make sure you visit the Hudson
Area Library’s homage to Hudson’s fascinating history at 441 Warren Street, which includes
Bob Rasner’s vintage trains set in an historic setting of Warren Street buildings.

441 Warren Street happens to be the former home of Rowles Studio, which preserved negatives
from various photographic studios in the building from the 1860s into the 1980s that capture
Hudson throughout these years. The window at 441 Warren Street will feature images from
Rowles as well as historic postcard and map collections.

“The library is pleased to participate in Winter Walk for the fourth year. We are proud and happy
to share some of our History Room resources with Warren Street visitors this holiday season”,
stated Emily Chameides, library director, “We congratulate Hudson Hall on its 25th Anniversary
of this marvelous community event!”

The sale at the library includes archival quality copies of historic maps, aeroviews, and posters of
Hudson from 1871 – 1923; sets of night-scene and Warren Street postcards; a set of note cards of
prominent buildings from an 1871 map of Hudson; and tote bags and tea towels with a line
drawing of the historic Armory by local artist and musician Tony Kieraldo. To view these items,
visit the new History Room website,, and click on “Shop”. In
addition to items in the online shop, there will be unique gifts including one of a kind framed
photographs and antique books on the history of Hudson.

All proceeds benefit the Hudson Area Library’s History Room. Consider giving the Gift of
Hudson’s History this holiday season! Your friends and family will receive unique items and you
will be funding the work of preserving and making accessible to the public the history of the
Hudson area.

The History Room has made a priority of digitizing images, video, and audio – including oral
histories – archiving historic collections and making them accessible to the public. Current
projects include developing online websites for the Black Legacy Association of Columbia
County and HAL Oral History Projects, digitizing all City of Hudson directories from 1851 –
1940, and archiving the Arthur Koweek Urban Renewal Papers.

The Hudson Area Library has a dedicated History Room whose primary mission is to acquire,
preserve, and make accessible the history of the library’s service area, which includes Hudson,
Greenport and Stockport. These holdings are maintained, preserved, and protected in a secure,
conservation-quality repository that is open to the public by appointment only at this time, due to
concern for the health and safety of library patrons. For an appointment contact Brenda Shufelt
by email: or phone: 518-828-1792 x106. Online research
requests for information on local history are available on the History Room website. This is a
free service to the public.

DATE/TIME: Saturday, December 4, 2021 / 3 – 5pm

LOCATION: The Hudson Area Library
51 North Fifth St.,

Hudson, NY 12534


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Clermont’s Legends by Candlelight Ghost Encounters Tour

Clermont’s Legends by Candlelight Ghost Encounters Tour returns with tours on October’s remaining Fridays and Saturdays. 

Teenagers bringing a Ouija Board to a historic site? What could possibly go wrong?

In this annual event visitors will meet a horde of “ghosts” from Clermont’s past as they tell their stories of glory, loss, success, and failure. Some ghosts may be scary, some may be 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; hand carved by the museum’s staff. Visitors for the ghost encounter should bring their own chair or blanket as none will be provided. As the entire event is outside it is suggested to dress for the weather.

Please note: Unvaccinated visitors should wear a face covering when unable to maintain social distance outdoors.

DATES/TIMES: Fridays and Saturdays, October 22, 23, 29 & 30, 2021
Encounter times: 6pm, 7pm, 8pm

ADMISSION$12 (Adults) / $5 (Children, 5 – 12)
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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Virtual Listening Party & Community Conversation: The History & Future of Housing in Hudson and Catskill, Oct 21

Join the Hudson Area Library and Oral History Summer School on Thursday, October 21, for a virtual community listening party on the history and future of housing in Hudson as lived, felt and envisioned by area residents and local organizers.

Between short housing-related narratives excerpted from the Community Library of Voice and Sound, three community members will introduce their interests and questions, in order to lead our community conversation:

Urban geographer Sara Black (Hudson Community Development and Planning Agency) will discuss the legacy of urban renewal in Hudson as well as future opportunities for Hudson with the founding of a Housing Trust Fund.

Photographer and High School student Dezjuan Smith will share his perspective on the intersection of Housing and Education.

HCHC President, Organizer and Educator Claire Cousin (HCHC, HHA) will share the recent work and current priorities of the Hudson Catskill Housing Coalition, a Black-led initiative that empowers public housing and low-income tenants to fight for housing justice.

We invite the community to come with your questions, testimony and visions. We will also discuss the reasons we record stories about housing and how these stories can be used to problem-solve, galvanize and intervene.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries grant. To learn more about IMLS, visit

COST/REGISTRATION: Free and open to the public.
To register and receive the Zoom link, email or call 518-828-1792 x101

LOCATION: The Hudson Area Library
51 North Fifth St.,

Hudson, NY 12534


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