Leianne Neff Heppner Presents “Our Neighbor, John Brown”

Even 160 years after his death, John Brown remains one of the most compelling figures in American history.

But before he captured the attention of the nation with his bloody battles against slavery, Brown was a young man in the Western Reserve, arriving in Hudson at age 5 and living off and on for decades in what would become Summit County.

For its October meeting and monthly program, Hudson Heritage Association welcomes…

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2019 Preservation Awards Announced at Annual Meeting

Four remarkably restored historic buildings have been honored with Preservation Awards from Hudson Heritage Association.

The awards, created by HHA in 2017, recognize, honor and celebrate historic Hudson properties, buildings and landscapes that have been preserved or restored within the last five years. The 2019 Preservation Awards were announced and presented at HHA’s annual members-only celebration on May 9 inside Hudson’s Town Hall.

The award recipients included:

Western Reserve Academy’s Seymour Hall. Built in 1913, the school’s main classroom building underwent an…

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CVNP Ranger Rebecca Jones Macko Describes Life at Historic Jaite Paper Mill

For its April program, Hudson Heritage Association welcomes Cuyahoga Valley National Park Ranger Rebecca Jones Macko, who will tell the remarkable story of the Jaite Paper Mill and the community and culture that grew alongside it more than a century ago.

In 1905, Charles Jaite, a German immigrant and successful paper-company executive, opened the Jaite Paper Company…

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Hudson Heritage Association Explores The Life and Legacy of Lincoln Ellsworth

March program will feature WRA Historian and Archivist Tom Vince.

HUDSON, Ohio – He is the reason Hudson’s sports teams are called the Explorers. He’s the only Hudsonite to be featured on a U.S. Postage Stamp. And he captivated the world with his exploits at the North Pole and Antarctica in the 1920s and ’30s.

The daring life and lasting legacy of Lincoln Ellsworth, Hudson’s great polar explorer, will be the subject of Hudson Heritage Association’s March 14 program at Barlow Community Center.

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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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