On Sunday, June 9, 1-4pm, the Hudson Area Library holds its first annual Hudson History Bus Tour. The tour is a fun and educational exploration of Hudson history and a fundraiser in support of the Hudson Area Library’s History Room. Ticket purchases will support the preservation, archiving and digitizing of items in the library’s special collections pertaining to the histories of the City of Hudson, and towns of Greenport and Stockport.
The tour begins and ends at Hudson Brewing Company at 99 South 3rd St. in Hudson and members of the tour will receive a free drink ticket as part of the tour cost. The bus will leave at 1pm and travel through the streets of Hudson stopping to discuss historic buildings, people, scandals, and moments in history. Tickets are $60, in honor of the library’s 60th birthday. Seating is limited. To register email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 518-828-1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.
“Hudson is hot now but in many ways, it has been a fascinating place for more than two centuries,” said Hudson native and library board member Gary Sheffer, “There have always been people who saw Hudson’s beauty, its gritty and friendly nature, and its potential. The history of the city has ups and downs and unexpected outcomes, and our tour will bring it all to life with narration from experts who know its amazing story.”
Leading the tour is inimitable library History Room researcher John Craig (a Hudson fixture and according to the Gossips of Rivertown: “a tenacious researcher”). He will be accompanied by former Hudson Mayor Richard F. Tracy, who will also drive the tour bus. These two gentlemen will regale tour-goers with the real history of Hudson, the oldest city in the United States.
Established by whalers and merchants from Nantucket and New Bedford, Hudson has had many incarnations: as a safe harbor for maritime commerce, an industrial city with foundries, mills, cement plants, and factories; and then as a city valuing its history and historic architecture attracting retailers, writers, and other artists to the city. Hudson today is a city of many communities with economic, cultural, and racial diversity, that are debating through democratic means how the city should be defined, how it can best take care of its residents, and how it can thrive in its next iteration today and in the future.
Brenda Shufelt, the library’s program director said, “From my experience at the Hudson Area Library, especially in planning our History Room talks and exhibitions, locals, new residents, and visitors love the history of Hudson. It seems everyone who has a connection to Hudson values its amazing, colorful, and rich history. All are welcome on this tour, which will prove to be informative and entertaining!”
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.
The History Room hours are Tuesdays 4 - 6pm and Saturdays 10am - 12pm, during which people can visit and browse the extensive collection of city directories, yearbooks, and local history books; and research items in the archival collection. The public can also request information on local history that volunteers will research. Appointments outside of regular hours are available upon request. For more information email email@example.com, call 518-828-1792 x100, or visit the main desk in the library.
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.
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