Tuesday, April 28, 2020

The History Room Carries On

In the current situation, the Hudson Area Library is closed and its programming suspended, but the History Room has found a way to carry on. Library trustee Gary Sheffer, who chairs the History Room Committee, has created a podcast called History Room on Zoom, in which he interviews local history experts and aficionados. So far, Sheffer has published two of his interviews. 

The first interview is with Peter Cipkowski, supervisor for the Town of Hillsdale, who, through his grandfather's photographs and home movies and his own research, has educated us all about Front Street and lower Hudson before urban renewal re-imagined the landscape. That interview can be seen here.

In his second interview, Sheffer speaks with Kelley Drahushak, co-owner of The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, whose roots in Hudson go back to the early 19th century and who may be the city's best and most enthusiastic authority on our historic Hudson City Cemetery. That interview can be seen here.

Gossips has learned that there are more podcasts to come.


  1. Oooo these are great and this is very exciting!

  2. Hello- How can we access these interviews and more to come? They don't open for me and I would love to know more!

    1. You can find them all at http://hudsonarealibrary.org/category/videos/.