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April Meeting Features Two Hudson Historical Society Projects

For the last year the Hudson Historical Society and the Greenwood Centre for Living History have been involved in two projects sponsored by QAHN – the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network.   Last month we enjoyed one of the products of this collaboration, Greenwood’s video “Remembering Percy Nobbs”.    In February we watched our own video production, “Hudson, Small Town, Big History, Big Heart,” available in English and in French.  At our April meeting we will unveil two other QAHN-sponsored projects:   Digitization of Oral History Tapes: Beginning in the late 1950’s former Hudson resident Jean Morrison, who is recognized as a Canadian pioneer in the field of Oral History, began interviewing English and French-speaking residents of our area.  Stored for decades on analogue tape in a damp basement, these interviews have now been transferred to digital format and rendered accessible using Concordia University’s “Stories Matter” software.  At our April meeting we will once again hear the voices of those who have now passed away.  These voices include long-time Mayor George Runnels, a medical doctor, who expresses his belief in reincarnation, and the alumni of Mount Victoria School, a one-room school that closed in 1918.      Hudson’s “Greatest Generation”: Our Historical Society is currently putting together an exhibition for our museum devoted to Hudson’s experience of World War II.   While this little village in Canada was spared the trauma of invading armies, the war had a profound impact on the residents of Hudson – both those who served in uniform and those on the Home Front. Writer Karen Molson is in the process of putting together this story, which will consist of artefacts from the time, bilingual banners and written descriptions, photographs and oral history interviews.   At our April meeting Karen will describe the project and how it is progressing – and she will invite members to share stories and artefacts that will enrich this exhibition.  So bring your stories, either of your personal experiences or of someone you knew, and add your voice to this commemoration of Hudson’s “Greatest Generation”!       

 Date / Time: Monday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. Location: St. James Church Hall, 642 Main Road Hudson      

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