Tag: Hudson Area Library

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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Two Virtual Events/Four Libraries: All About The Hudson River


The Hudson Area Library is joining forces with three other libraries: Claverack Free Library, Philmont Public Library, and Roeliff-Jansen Community Library, to present two programs on our local river: Hudson River Estuary Basics, for adults and Eels! A Hudson River Fish & How We Can Save  Them, a special Story Hour for children, ages 2-7

Hudson River Estuary Basics: Wednesday, September 9, 6-7:30pm
Eels! A Hudson River Fish & How We Can Save Them: Friday, September 11, 10-11am.

REGISTRATION: To register for either or both programs email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792 x101.

In Hudson River Estuary Basics adults can learn about the tides, saltwater and freshwater, and geography of the Hudson River; a tidal river with maritime and river environments that begins in the Adirondacks at Lake Tear of Clouds and eventually drains into the Atlantic Ocean at New York Harbor. There will be a question and answer period after Aidan’s talk. To access this event via Zoom, click here.

As a special Story Hour for the four libraries in Eels! A Hudson River Fish & How We Can Save Them Aidan will discuss the life cycle and migration of eels and how children can be citizen scientists in observing eels and helping their chances of survival in our river. To access this event via Zoom, click here.

Both programs are being conducted by Aiden Mabey, an environmental educator from the Hudson River Estuary Program, a division of the New York State Department of Conservation. Learn more about the Hudson River Estuary Program at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website.


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Virtual Program: “An Introduction to HudsonUP & the History of Universal Basic Income” by Albert Wenger

The Hudson Area Library and The Spark of Hudson present an informational meeting on the history of Universal Basic Income (UBI) and HudsonUP, a current UBI pilot program, on Thursday, August 20th.

HudsonUP is a basic income pilot created by The Spark of Hudson and Humanity Forward and based in Hudson, NY. The initiative is being designed in collaboration with the community and is championed by Mayor Kamal Johnson.

In the virtual program, Albert Wenger and Susan Danziger, cofounders of The Spark of Hudson and HudsonUP, will talk about the history of UBI and the value of the UBI pilot program for Hudson.

Many advocates of basic income have long maintained that the coming technological shift and wave of automation would wipe out millions of traditional jobs and leave everyday Americans without a safety net. The concept of a universal basic income is a simple one: unconditional,
regularly recurring payments made to everyone. With HudsonUP, The Spark of Hudson & Humanity Forward aim to partner with the Hudson community to test this simple concept by providing $500 each month to 22 randomly-selected Hudson residents for five years.

Universal Basic Income has a longer history than some realize. One of the first proponents of Universal Basic Income in the United States was Thomas Payne, author of the Common Sense pamphlet, and individuals as varied as Martin Luther King, Jr. and economist Milton Friedman
have spoken in support of the concept. Andrew Yang’s recent presidential campaign highlighted the importance of a national UBI program for the United States.

Albert Wenger is a managing partner at Union Square Ventures (USV), a thesis-driven venture capital firm. USV backs trusted brands that broaden access to knowledge, capital, and well-being by leveraging networks, platforms, and protocols. USV’s current portfolio companies include Coinbase, Duolingo, Nurx, Skillshare, Stash. Past portfolio companies include Etsy, MongoDB, Twilio and Twitter. Before joining USV, Albert was the president of del.icio.us through the company’s sale to Yahoo and an angel investor (Etsy, Tumblr). He previously founded or co-founded several companies, including a management consulting firm and a healthcare data analytics company. Albert graduated from Harvard College in economics and computer science and holds a Ph.D. in Information Technology from MIT. In his book, World After Capital,
Albert describes the shift to a Knowledge Age — and its implications not only for businesses but all of us. He blogs at Continuations and is @albertwenger on Twitter.

Susan Danziger, founder/CEO of Eutopia Holdings, is an entrepreneur and investor focused on building models for living, learning and giving. Her most recent initiatives include The Spark of Hudson, an innovative community learning center set to launch in Hudson, New York as well as Wally Farms, an innovation hub for growing climate solutions. Susan previously founded Ziggeo, an award-winning video technology company, and DailyLit, a pioneer in digital serialization. Named a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, Susan received a B.A. as a College Scholar from Cornell University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.

The Spark of Hudson is an innovative, community learning center launching in Hudson, NY. A model for education and community development, The Spark is dedicated to supporting individuals from all corners of Hudson and beyond to learn, teach and grow. Founded by Susan Danziger and Albert Wenger, The Spark has recently spearheaded and supported a number of community initiatives in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

The Hudson Area Library is located at 51 North Fifth Street in Hudson, NY. The mission of the library is to enrich the quality of life by providing free and equal access to programs, services and resources, and by creating opportunities for all members of our community to connect, create, learn and grow.

DATE/TIME: Thursday, August 20, 2020 / 6pm – 7pm


REGISTER: To register, email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org or
call 518-828-1792 ext 101




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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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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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