Steamboats on Hudson
A benefit for the New Hudson Area Library
The Hudson Area Library Hosts ‘Steamboats on the Hudson’ Talk by Historian Peter Stott
Floating palaces. That’s what they were called. They were modern, elegant, and F-A-S-T. For almost a quarter of a century, there were more than 100 steamboats traveling up and down the Hudson River. Commercial steamboat travel was instrumental in establishing the wealth and power of riverfront communities. And steamboat captains were the lords of their domain – often praised for their courteousness and quick response to emergencies.
The Campaign for the New Hudson Area Library is hosting Peter Stott, preservation planner at the Massachusetts Historical Commission and author of Looking for Work: Industrial Archeology in Columbia County, in an illustrated talk on this alluring and romantic mode of travel. The talk will focus on steamboats and their captains during the heyday of river travel – 1824–1839. Refreshments “of the period” will be provided by Sun Dog Hard Cider and The Hudson Standard – new local purveyor of shrubs and bitters.
The talk with be held on Saturday, October 25 from 4pm-6pm at TK Home and Garden, 441 Warren St., 2nd Floor. Tickets are $20 per person and may be reserved at the Hudson Area Library office or online at http://
The Campaign for the Hudson Area Library is supported in part by gifts and pledges from The T. Backer Fund, The Bank of Greene County Charitable Foundation, The Children’s Foundation of Columbia County, The Alexander & Marjorie Hover Foundation, The Hudson River Bank & Trust Foundation, The Raymond C. Kennedy Foundation, Inc., the New York State Public Library Construction Grant Program, The Rheinstrom Hill Community Foundation, The Taconic Foundation, Inc., and many generous individuals and corporate sponsors.