Thursday, January 5, 2017

Viewing What Was Lost

One thing that unites old Hudson (Hudson by birth) and new Hudson (Hudson by choice) is a fascination with the neighborhoods lost to Urban Renewal in the early 1970s. A few years ago, Hillsdale historian Peter Cipkowski started digitizing and sharing his grandfather's photographs, taken between 1939 and 1966, which document South Front Street, the area where his grandfather lived, worked, and raised his family. Jozef Cipkowski (1900-1977) immigrated to Hudson from Poland in 1925, married Anna Piast, whose family lived on Cross Street, and owned and operated Chipp's Market at the corner of South Front Street and Fleet Street until the building where the market was located was demolished in 1970.

Photo: Jozef Cipkowski
In the past, Peter Cipkowski has presented his grandfather's photographs to standing-room-only crowds. Now he has assembled the images into a continuous video exhibition installed at the Hudson Area Library. Entitled Hudson's Lost Neighborhood: Remembering South Front Street, the exhibition can be viewed at the History Room in the library, now through March, during regular library hours: Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

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