Kenneth Bindas Turns Back Clock to Great Lakes Exposition of 1936-37

For two summers during the Great Depression, millions of visitors flocked to Downtown Cleveland’s lakefront to experience a sprawling world of wonder, the Great Lakes Exposition of 1936 and 1937.

For its February program, Hudson Heritage Association welcomes Kent State History Professor Kenneth J. Bindas, who will speak about the extraordinary exposition and take his audience back more than 80 years to arguably the greatest event in Northeast Ohio’s history.

Held on 135 acres where First Energy Stadium, the Great Lakes…

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Foods of the Historic Western Reserve

Hudson Heritage Association welcomes Chef Larkin Rogers, who will discuss
 how Hudson’s early settlers ate and drank. Yes, samples will be served.

When people think of the historic Western Reserve, they think of brave early settlers, New England-style architecture and gorgeous streetscapes. At Hudson Heritage Association’s December meeting, attendees will be thinking about something else.


Internationally acclaimed chef and Hudson native Larkin Rogers will highlight HHA’s December get-together with a presentation and discussion titled “Foods of the Historic Western Reserve.”


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HHA November Program: Stories of Hudson’s Schools

For its November meeting, Hudson Heritage Association welcomes the co-authors of the soon-to-be-published “History of the Hudson Public Schools,” a coffee-table book that promises to be the definitive history of Hudson’s public schools.

Co-authors and longtime Hudson residents Laurie Williams and Michele Collins will share photos and stories as they give attendees a sneak peek…

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October Program: How Hudson Helped Save a Village in Holland

Late in World War II, warplanes dropped bombs on the dikes that protected an island in southern Holland, flooding towns and leaving residents devastated. Among those towns was the tiny village of Souburg.

Hudson came to the rescue.

Hudson Heritage Association’s October meeting will feature a presentation from longtime Hudson resident…

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HHA Opens 2018-19 Program Schedule with “A Picture of Hudson”

Hudson Heritage Association opens its 2018-19 programming schedule on Thursday, September 13, 2018, with a presentation by Destination Hudson’s Liz Murphy and Debbi Classen, two of the creators of the new coffee-table book “A Picture of Hudson.”

The meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Hudson’s Barlow Community Center, 41 South Oviatt Street. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Murphy and Classen, along with Hudson Realtor Ted Olson, spent almost two years…

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Full Meeting Schedule Released – Next Meeting Sept 13

We hope you had a safe and fun summer! We are please to release our full meeting schedule for the upcoming year. All meetings are the second Thursday of each month and will be held at Barlow Community Center, beginning at 7:30pm. Our first meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Sept 13.

See you there!

Sept 13
Oct 11
Nov 8
Dec 13
Jan 10
Feb 14
March 14
April 11
May 9 (annual meeting)

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Downtown Phase II continues to evolve. Significant changes to several aspects of the Downtown Phase II development will be the subject of a special meeting for Hudson Heritage Association members on Thursday, July 5, 2018.

Representatives of the Hudson Planning Department and the City Manager’s Office will explain these changes and invite open discussion during the 7:30 p.m. meeting at Barlow Community Center. While HHA does not normally hold general meetings or programs during the summer months, this special meeting evolved from ongoing dialogue between…

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Two extraordinarily restored buildings on Western Reserve Academy’s campus – President’s House and the school’s iconic Chapel – have been honored with Preservation Awards from Hudson Heritage Association.

The inaugural awards were announced and presented at HHA’s annual members-only celebration on May 10 inside WRA’s Chapel.

Created in 2017, the Hudson Heritage Association Preservation Awards recognize, honor and celebrate historic Hudson properties, buildings and landscapes that have been preserved or restored within the last five years.

Nominated properties are reviewed by independent judges who tour the site…

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Annual Members Event with Tom Vince at WRA Chapel

HHA Members, please plan to join us on May 10 at 7:00 PM at the Chapel on the campus of Western Reserve Academy for a very special evening.  Tom Vince will present a program about the history of the Chapel bell, and we will honor our inaugural Preservation Award winners, among other business. The evening will conclude with a wine and dessert reception.

Examining the 300-year-old bell in the belfry of Western Reserve Academy’s Chapel are…

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HHA to Explore Life at WRA in the 40s, 50s and 60s

April 12 meeting will feature presentation from WRA alumnus Donovan Husat.

HUDSON, Ohio – Western Reserve Academy in the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s was a much different school than it is today. It was a much smaller school with an all-male student body, and there was little cultural diversity among its 250 students.

“Life at Reserve isn’t tough,” English master Franklin Reardon used to tell incoming students, “It’s far tougher.”

At Hudson Heritage Association’s April meeting, Western Reserve Academy alumnus and…

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