Tag: History

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

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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

LOCATION/REGISTRATION: Online via Zoom
Visit hudsonarealibrary.org for Zoom registration link or contact Brenda Shufelt at 518-828-1792 x106 or brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org

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Clermont Virtual Valentine Making, Feb 13

Join Clermont Educator and Resident Artist, Emily Robinson, as she takes you through the artistic history of valentines. She’ll discuss how the art has changed through the years and even give you a lesson in how to make them. This is a Facebook Live event. 

DATE/TIME: Saturday, February 13, 2021 / 2pm

LOCATION: https://www.facebook.com/ClermontSHS

ADMISSION: FREE/Open to Public

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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

LOCATION/REGISTRATION: Zoom
Visit HudsonAreaLibrary.org for registration link or contact Brenda Shufelt at 518-828-1792 x106 or brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org.

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Clermont State Historic Site Children’s Walk, Jan 17

Clermont State Historic Site invites families to the Children’s Walk, on Sunday, January 17th. Follow in the footsteps of the Livingston sisters, Janet and Honoria, as you explore some of the girls’ favorite
places to play and explore. This will be a gentle walk for families, with treats.

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 tour participants until these guidelines are lifted
by New York State Parks.

Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. Weather dependent.

DATE/TIME: Sunday, January 17, 2021 / 2pm

LOCATION: Clermont State Historic Site
1 Clermont Avenue
Germantown, NY 12526

ADMISSION: FREE
Advance Registration required – Register Here

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The Hudson Area Library Presents ‘Raising the Dead: Tales from Hudson’s Crypts’

LocalHistoryCemetery2020The Hudson Area Library presents ‘Raising the Dead: Tales from Hudson’s Crypts’ with Kelley Drahushuk on Saturday, October 24th at noon. This will be a special, socially-distanced guided tour of Cedar Park Cemetery.

As this is a walking tour, wear appropriate footwear & dress for the weather & conditions. You may encounter uneven ground, semi-steep hills, and mud and will not always be sticking to the paved pathways.

Mask wearing required at all times.

DATES/TIME: Saturday, October 24, 2020 / 12pm1:30pm
(Rain Date: October 25)

LOCATION: Cedar Park Cemetery
20 Columbia Turnpike,
Hudson NY 12534
Meet at the cemetery office parking lot

ADMISSION: Free – Registration required
Participation is limited to 10.
Register by emailing programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or
calling 518-828-1792 x101.

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