On Thursday night, at 6:00 p.m., the History Room at the Hudson Area Library presents the latest in its Local History Speaker Series: The History and Work of Preserving the Jan Van Hoesen House by Ed Klingler.
If you have driven by this
distinctive Dutch colonial style house on Route 66 near the Dutch Village
Mobile Home Park and wondered about its mysterious presence, now is your chance
to learn about its history and significance from Ed Klingler, the co-founder of the Van Hoesen House Historical Foundation and a builder specializing in accurate historic restorations for more than forty
years--an interest cultivated by the Van Hoesen house when he was a child growing up in Columbia County in the 1960s.
The house was described by Ruth Piwonka, author and local historian who wrote the house's nomination for individual listing in the National Register of Historic Places, in this way: "The Jan Van Hoesen house is one of approximately seven brick dwellings that survive from the first half of the eighteenth century and that represent a colonial architectural style unique to the Dutch community of old Albany County during that period."
A question-and-answer period and refreshments will follow the talk. The event is free and open to the public and takes place in the community room of the Hudson Area Library, 51 North Fifth Street. Donations to the Van Hoesen House Historical Foundation can made at the event.
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