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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 HudsonAreaLibrary.org 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, historyroom.hudsonarealibrary.org, 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: brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org 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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21st Annual Ghostly Gallop, Virtual 5K & Fun Run

2021 is the 21st consecutive year that runners, walkers and volunteers gather from around the region to support the Hudson Area Library through the Ghostly Gallop. However, Due to the continuing concerns about COVID-19, we are holding this year’s Ghostly Gallop virtually.

The good news is that you can still participate, have fun, and raise some funds for your library! Just register, run a self-timed 5K on a course of your choice between October 16th and 31st and submit your time on your registration confirmation page. The fastest men’s and women’s finishers will receive a Cranna Cup — the traditional trophy for the Ghostly Gallop’s top runners. Every entrant will receive a free t-shirt — available in men’s and women’s sizes.

We also encourage you to raise funds on your own for the library as part of your Ghostly Gallop participation. It’s easy to do when you register and you can watch your progress against others. We’ll provide prizes to the top individual and team fundraisers.

The Ghostly Gallop is an important fundraiser for the library and we need your help more than ever this year to keep our programs for children and adults going strong.

We will be making a decision in the next few weeks on whether to hold a small running event for children age 12 and under on Halloween at Hudson Jr./Sr. High School.

The race was started in 2001 by then Library Director Frank Rees, current Columbia County Court Judge Richard Koweek, and the Honorable William F. Cranna (both library directors at the time). It was initially called a FUNdraiser with emphasis on fun and enjoyment. With Cranna’s passing in 2011, the race was dedicated to his memory and a new tradition was added. The women’s and men’s winners receive pewter “Cranna Cups.”

DATE/TIME: October 16 – 31, 2021

LOCATION: Complete a self-timed 5K and then report your time and upload a photo from your confirmation page.

COST: $30 
Participants age 17 and under are free!

REGISTRATION: Register Online here


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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 www.imls.gov.

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

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

Hudson, NY 12534


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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 programs@hudsonarealibrary.org 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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