In 2019, the Hudson Area Library was awarded an Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for a collaborative project with Oral History Summer School (OHSS) to create interplay between this collection, the Black Legacy of Columbia County collection, and the 500+ life histories in the OHSS collection (the Community Library of Voice & Sound). The development of this website was made possible through this grant and partnership. Thank you to IMLS, OHSS, and to the team at WiLS and our Community Memory Cohort for their support and encouragement with this special project.
Thank you to OHSS for their ongoing partnership and to all of the community members who shared their life stories with us. Thank you to Brian Buckley for his work developing this website and to the library staff and community members who helped create recordings and write summaries for the oral histories.
The creation of the oral histories shared on this site was made possible with generous support from the Friends of the Hudson Area Library, individual donors, the Fund for Columbia County of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts administered through the Community Arts Grants Program by the Greene County Council on the Arts (currently dba CREATE Council for the Arts).