100 Years of Women’s Suffrage

In August, the nation celebrated the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which guarantees American women the right to vote.

Hudson Heritage Association will honor the centennial of this monumental moment in history during its March program by featuring a special presentation from Leianne Neff Heppner, President and CEO of the Summit County Historical Society of Akron.

Neff Heppner’s presentation, “At the Summit: A Centennial Celebration,” will offer a fascinating look at the 200-year fight of American women to win the vote, from…

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Message from the Board: Future of 1927 Building Faces Critical Decision Point


Hudson Middle School - 1927 Building


In October 2020, the Hudson City School District (HCSD) announced its intention to work with Liberty Development to pursue the feasibility of converting the 1927 Hudson High School Building into condominiums and that open space on the property was being considered for eight carriage houses (at the rear of the site), along with the construction of two…

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“The Cleveland Storyteller” to bring “Millionaire’s Row” to Life

Mark Twain called it “the grandest, most beautiful street in all the world.”

Travel guides of the time called it the “Showplace of America,” compared it to Paris’ Avenue des Champs-Élysées and designated it a must-see for tourists from Europe.

Today, the ornate mansions, lavish gardens and unparalleled elegance of Cleveland’s “Millionaires’ Row” are…

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Community Webinar and Proposal for 1927 School Building

Many of you living within Hudson’s Historic District or adjacent to the historic 1927 Hudson High School Building on Oviatt Street, may have recently received a brochure in the mail from the Hudson City School District (HCSD), inviting the community to a Zoom Webinar/Presentation on Monday, February 1, 2021, at 7:00 PM. You many have also read the front-page article in Sunday’s Hudson Hub-Times, “Condos Proposed at Old Hudson Middle School”, January 31, 2021 or read…

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2020-21 Program Schedule

Please join us for our upcoming programs, featured as part of HHA’s monthly meetings, which also provide updates on our efforts in advocacy, education and preservation. Programs are free, and aside from the May event for members only, they are open to the public.

October 8, 7:30 pm (watch on HCTV)
“Removal of the Gorge Dam – Hudson’s Cuyahoga River Watersheds”
Elaine Marsh, Friends of the Crooked River

November 12, 7:30 pm (watch on HCTV)
“The History of Hudson’s Railroads”
Tom Vince, Western Reserve Academy Archivist

January 14
“The Art of Dying”

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January Program – “Glendale Cemetery: History, Art and Symbolism – with a Little Disaster Thrown In”

Cemeteries serve as the final resting places for our beloved neighbors, friends and families.

But they also do much more, says local author Michele Colopy. Cemeteries serve as museums, parks and classrooms, telling the stories of the communities they serve.

Colopy began researching Akron’s Glendale Cemetery 35 years ago. The result of her work is the definitive history of one of our region’s treasures, titled “Living History, Dying Art: The History of Glendale Cemetery.”

For its January program, Hudson Heritage Association welcomes Colopy, who will present “Glendale…

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Preserving the 1927 School Building for the 21st Century

For the last four-years, the Hudson Heritage Association (HHA) has been working tirelessly behind the scenes to save the 1927 Hudson High School Building, located on Oviatt Street at the eastern edge of Hudson’s Historic District.

Beginning in late-fall of 2016, the Hudson Board of Education’s approval of a Master Facilities Plan for the Hudson City School District and the proposed demolition of the 1927 Hudson High School Building prompted HHA to become actively involved to save…

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November Program: Tom Vince and “The Railroads of Hudson”

In many ways, the tracks of Hudson’s history are railroad tracks.

Since 1851, when Hudson became the first town in Summit County to have a railroad connection, trains have carried freight, passengers, booms, busts, even a president-elect, into our historic town.

For its November program, Hudson Heritage Association welcomes preeminent Hudson historian and Western Reserve Academy Archivist Tom Vince, who will present “The Railroads of Hudson.”

Vince’s presentation will be Thursday, November 12, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the program will be virtual,…

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October Program: Elaine Marsh and “Bringing Down the Dam, Freeing the Falls”

The rescue and restoration of the Cuyahoga River is perhaps Northeast Ohio’s greatest environmental success story. Yet a hurdle still stands in the way of a complete rebirth of the crooked river, a 60-foot-high hurdle.

For its October program, Hudson Heritage Association welcomes Summit Metro Parks Watershed Specialist Elaine Marsh, who will present “Bringing Down the Dam, Freeing the Falls,” an engaging look at the history of Gorge Dam and what its forthcoming removal will mean for the environment and the region.

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