Category: History

Happy 4th of July!

Have a happy, and safe Independence Day!

Independence Day is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the Declaration of Independence of the United States on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies were no longer subject to the monarch of Britain and were now united, free, and independent states.

 

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Virtual Historic Hudson, Jul 2

 

Take a Tour of Historic Hudson, without leaving your home, this Thursday, July 2.

The City of Hudson is much more than a quaint town in the Hudson River Valley. Founded by Quakers in 1785, Hudson quickly grew to a major commercial center and almost became the capital of New York State. Hudson offers the finest “Main Street” in New York and features examples of every architectural style since the late 18th century, including two of the rarest, Adam and Egyptian Revival.

Big Onion Walking Tours‘ virtual adventure will explore the diverse social history, architecture, and people of this Upstate urban center. Stops could include: Promenade Hill, Nantucket Houses, sites associated with the Underground Railroad, the most notorious Red Light district north of Times Square, and locations associated with The Jenkins Family, Ma Brown, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jack “Legs” Diamond, Ada Louise Huxtable, and Lieutenant William H. Allen, who was killed by pirates.

 

DATE/TIME: Thursday, July 2, 2020 /  6pm 

COST/REGISTRATION: $15 adults / $10 students, seniors / $30 single-screen household.
Reserve a spot at bigonion.com/tour/virtual-historic-hudson

LOCATION: Your Own Home

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www.bigonion.com/tour/virtual-historic-hudson

 

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Hudson Area Library, History Room on Zoom

The Hudson Area Library’s Gary Sheffer, Library Trustee and History Room Chair, has started a podcast in which he interviews local history experts and aficionados. In the first episode, Gary interviews Peter Cipkowski, Hillsdale Town Supervisor and former president of the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society.

That video is embedded from YouTube above. 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 the History Room page.

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facebook.com/HudsonAreaLibraryNY
instagram.com/hudsonarealibraryny

 

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Earth Day 2020

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Usually each year on Earth Day, I like to share the history of this annual event along with a link to find a local clean-up. Like almost every event on Earth, COVID-19 has caused most cleanup events to be postponed until later in the year. Some may move forward if they meet current safety criteria, and comply with local and federal health advisories. Practice social distancing and sanitary awareness at any cleanups deemed safe by authorities. 

Earth Day Network, the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, is going digital with messages, performances, and calls-to-action from celebrities and activists. Check out www.earthday.org/earth-day-live/

And now, onto the history of Earth Day from www.earthday.org:

The first Earth Day in 1970 mobilized millions of Americans for the protection of the planet. On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans — 10% of the U.S. population at the time — took to the streets, college campuses and hundreds of cities to protest environmental ignorance and demand a new way forward for our planet. The first Earth Day is credited with launching the modern environmental movement and is now recognized as the planet’s largest civic event.

Earth Day led to passage of landmark environmental laws in the United States, including the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts. Many countries soon adopted similar laws, and in 2016, the United Nations chose Earth Day as the day to sign the Paris Climate Agreement into force.”

Unfortunately, 50 years after the first Earth Day our country appears to be regressing, with environmental protections being eased and erased in favor of corporate profits. Despite the actions of our government, Earth Day continues today and the principles it was founded on seem to be finding more of a following than ever among us citizens. People of all walks of life are making changes in their daily lives to save the planet. 

 

 

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Virtual Tour of Eleanor Roosevelt House

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Looking for activities that you can do from home? Check out the Virtual Tour of the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site.

Val-Kill is a special place that serves as a window into Eleanor Roosevelt’s private and public life. Its understated beauty, natural setting, and unpretentious amenities may appear surprising to first-time visitors because of its simplicity; a vision that seems incongruous with expectations for the home of one of the most influential women in American history.

The virtual tour is part of Google Arts & Culture, an online platform through which the public can access high-resolution images of artworks housed in the initiative’s partner museums.

MORE:
Virtual Tour – https://g.co/arts/MZpGZCjtN82gicJB9

Google Arts & Culture – https://artsandculture.google.com/?hl=en

 

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