Roger Bliss on “Revitalizing Our Civic Assets”

A few years ago, Hudson’s Historic Middle School, built in 1927, was slated for demolition. It was viewed by some as a liability.

Today, the historic building on North Oviatt Street is on the verge of a new life. The school district is seeking proposals for its future, and there’s a movement underway to turn…

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Historic Hudson Homestead Approved for Demolition

By Christopher Bach, President, Hudson Heritage Association

At the City of Hudson’s Architectural Historic Board of Review (AHBR) meeting on January 22, the board, on which I serve, reviewed a proposal from a potential buyer of the historic 1846 Oviatt-Curtiss farmhouse, including its four outbuildings and a terra cotta silo, located at 1415…

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Hobo Society in the Western Reserve

February program will feature Dave Gates of the Summit County Historical Society.

HUDSON, Ohio – Don’t call them bums. Don’t call them tramps. They’re hobos. And there’s a difference.

Hobos have a storied history, rich culture and unique lifestyle. They also made the Western Reserve an important and frequent stop in their travels.

For its February program, Hudson Heritage Association welcomes Dave Gates of the Summit County Historical Society, who will present “Hobo Society in the Western Reserve.”

The program will be Thursday, February 13 at 7:30…

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Deadline Approaches for Third Annual Preservation Awards

Time is running out to nominate projects for Hudson Heritage Association’s coveted Preservation Awards.

Every year, HHA recognizes and honors historic Hudson properties – including houses, commercial buildings, nonprofit headquarters, publicly owned buildings and landscapes – that have been preserved or restored within the last five years.

The deadline for nominations for the 2020 awards is January 31.

“We created the Preservation Awards to celebrate the care, dedication and hard work that go into preserving and restoring homes, buildings and properties,” said Inga…

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2019-20 Programming 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 open to the public.

“Our Neighbor, John Brown”
Leianne Neff-Heppner, Summit County Historical Society
We will also recognize the Girl Scouts who created Quest Walk tour earning their Silver Award
Thursday, October 10, 7:30 p.m., Barlow Community Center

“Early House Builders in Hudson”
Gwendolyn Mayer, Hudson Library archivist
And presentation of the HHA marker…

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Hudson Community Chorus Performs at Special HHA Program

Hudson is always a charming place, but when the holidays arrive, the town becomes magical.

Eager to celebrate that special holiday magic, Hudson Heritage Association is holding its December program at the historic First Congregational Church and is inviting the Hudson Community Chorus to perform a special holiday selection of music.

The program, free and open to the public, will be Thursday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m. at First Congregational Church of Hudson, 47 Aurora Street. Refreshments will be served.

The program will also feature a brief…

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“Building Hudson’s Homes: The Creation of Our Stunning Streetscape” with Gwendolyn Mayer

The hundreds of historic structures that make up Hudson’s stunning streetscape didn’t just happen. They were masterfully planned and constructed by a group of dedicated and talented builders using the materials, tool and techniques of their day.

For its November meeting, Hudson Heritage Association is pleased to welcome Hudson Library and Historical Society archivist Gwendolyn Mayer, who will present “Building Hudson’s Homes: The Creation of Our Stunning Streetscape.”

Mayer will trace the evolution of home-building in Hudson throughout the 19th century and how the town’s majestic…

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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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