Community invited to contribute to Hudson Area Library’s Local History Archive

HUDSON — The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the entire globe in a historic way. The killing of George Floyd has sparked protests in our community, nation, and around the world as well as demands for police reform and restructuring to combat systemic racism in society. Both of these events serve as the inspiration to collect the history of our community during this time for use by future researchers. The Hudson Area Library History Room Committee invites you to submit images (photos, artwork), videos, and words (poems, stories, journal entries, personal essays) that help to document the personal experiences of our community in 2020.

Those wishing to contribute to the archive can submit work through the library’s website by following the link “Community Archiving of Local History” found underneath the main banner on the home page. In keeping with the mission of the Hudson Area Library’s History Room, we request that all submissions be either from individuals who live in the library’s service area - Hudson, Greenport and Stockport - or that feature these areas as the main subject.

ABOUT THE HUDSON AREA LIBRARY

The Hudson Area Library is located at 51 N. 5th 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. For more information visit hudsonarealibrary.org.

ABOUT THE HISTORY ROOM OF THE HUDSON AREA LIBRARY

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 includes an extensive collection of city directories, yearbooks, local history books, and archival collections. While the library is temporarily closed, the public can continue to submit requests for information on local history that the reference librarian and volunteers will research. For more information email reference@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518-828-1792 x100.

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