Category: History

Animation Saturdays at Hudson Area Library

The Hudson Area Library and The Art Effect present Animation Saturdays at Hudson Area
Library, on three separate Saturdays in October and November. With opportunities for both
young adults and adults, award-winning animation instructor, Sarah Timberlake Taylor, will visit
the Hudson Area Library this fall to lead a series of dynamic, experimental animation


Digital AnimationSaturday, October 9, 2021 / 12pm – 4pm for ages 10-14
Get animated on iPads using apps like Flip-a-clip and Procreate as you learn the steps you need
to become a skilled animator.

Spooky Stop Motion Animation – Saturday, October 30, 2021 / 10am – 4pm ages 10-14
Join us for some ghoulish fun as we set up stop motion sets and animate our very own
supernatural stories.

Mixed Media Animation – Saturday, November 20, 2021 / 12pm – 4pm for adults
Mix it up by incorporating multiple mediums! We’ll push the limits as we combine different
styles of animation to create our own unique experimental shorts.

This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program, a
regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the
Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by CREATE Council on the

The Art Effect is located at 45 Pershing Ave, Poughkeepsie, NY. The Art Effect’s core mission
is to empower young people to develop their creative voice to shape their futures and bring about
positive social change.

Sarah Timberlake Taylor has been teaching videography, animation and experimental film at
The Art Effect for over five years. A Bard Film alumna, Sarah often works with fellow alumni
documentarian Kevin Schreck as an assistant editor, and line produced Persistence of Vision, his
award-winning work focused on animator Richard Williams.

CREATE Council on the Arts’ mission is to support and advance the arts and cultural
community by broadening and enriching creative resources and economic growth in the region.

COST/REGISTRATION: Free and open to the public.
Space is limited. To register for a session, email or
call 518-828-1792 x101.

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

Hudson, NY 12534


Masks and social distancing are required for all attendees.

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Hudson Area Library History Talk: Jewish Commercial Activities in Colonial New York, Oct 7

The Hudson Area Library History Room in collaboration with the Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History presents To Trade, Traffique, Buy & Sell as the Rest of the Inhabitants’: Jewish commercial and Communal Activities in Colonial New York, a talk by Noah Gelfand on Thursday, October 7. The talk explores the economic and religious endeavors of New York’s growing Jewish population in the era when they developed the colony into one of the most important locations for Jews in the Atlantic world.

Noah L. Gelfand holds a Ph.D. in Atlantic History from New York University and is currently a Doctoral Lecturer in the History Department at Hunter College, where he teaches courses on early U.S. history. His scholarship focuses on the early modern Jewish Atlantic world. He is also a Trustee of the Jacob Leisler Institute.

The Jacob Leisler Library Lectures are made partially possible through the generous support of the Van Dyke Family Association.

IMAGE CREDIT: Moses Levy, attributed to Gerardus Duyckinck I


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

COST/REGISTRATION: Free and open to the public.
Visit, for the Zoom registration link.

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

Hudson, NY 12534


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Columbia County Historical Society Drive Through History: Hidden Hamlets

The Columbia County Historical Society (CCHS) presents Drive Through History. Get out and explore the historic beauty of Columbia County with new self-guided road trips. Columbia County is made up of 18 towns, four villages and one city, but tucked among them are a number of smaller communities with their own fascinating origin stories and civic identities. From Blue Stores to Buckleyville, from Cheviot to Snyderville, learn more about the “hidden hamlets” of Columbia County with this free, self-guided itinerary.

Download the maps at, and be sure to tag @CCHS_NY and use the hashtag #DriveThroughHistory as you make your way around the County!


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Virtual Listening Party: Teach Us, a Listening Party and Community Conversation about Education, Community, Care, and Covid

Join Oral History Summer School and the Hudson Area Library  for a virtual interactive listening party with conversation celebrating educators as they respond to their extraordinary experiences of teaching in the age of Covid-19.

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The evening begins with audio excerpts from the Education Narratives Project, an oral history project initiated by Oral History Summer School in June 2020. Over the last nine months, educators have been interviewed by ENP interviewers every two-three months, covering subjects including but not limited to: remote learning, illness, progressive education, trauma, disability rights, Black Lives Matter, vaccines, and the future of education.

The evening honors these educators and brings to the forefront crucial issues in education today. How does this unique educational history shine a light on larger questions about the roles and rights of children and educators in our society, the difference between education and childcare and ameliorative uses of technology? What has been destroyed and what do we wish to create in its place?

This event was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services Accelerating Promising Practice for Small Libraries grant.

DATE/TIME: Thursday, April 8, 2021 / 7 – 8:30pm

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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

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