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Opening reception: Wish you were here: A look back at life in Hudson through vintage postcards

August 29, 2018 05:58 pm

HUDSON — What did people do to connect with each other before telephones, internet, and instant messaging? Many sent postcards, even if it was to a friend or relative just a few miles away.

The Hudson Area Library History Room has collected an extensive set of postcards from this river city, most from the early 1900s, that tell charming personal stories about life here 100 years ago. The collection illuminates how essential this widely used method of communication was for travelers, family and friends in and around Hudson. It includes many street scenes of Hudson, prominent buildings such as the county courthouse, and parks such as Promenade Hill.

From this extensive collection Wish You Were Here: A Look Back at Life in Hudson Through Vintage Postcards, the library’s first ever curated local history exhibition, opens at the library on Thursday, September 6, 6 - 8 p.m. The opening includes a presentation on the collection, hosted by Gary Sheffer, a native of Hudson. The display is curated by David Murphy of Hudson, former president of the Hudson Area Library Board of Trustees and a member of its History Room Committee.

There will be a wine and cheese reception during the opening of this special exhibition, which will be in the library’s Community Room through October. The library will also have note cards and tshirts for sale with an image of an iconic historic Hudson postcard. For more information email, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

The library strives to make these images available to the general public. In addition to this two month exhibition, we are also making the images of our postcards available in our page on the Hudson River Valley Heritage’s Digital Collections.

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 - 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. - noon, during which people 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 are available upon request. For more information email, 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.