Hudson Library Archivist Gwen Mayer -Hudson’s Lost Historic Buildings

Hudson Heritage Association will begin 2015 with three programs focused on Hudson’s architectural legacy, the first of which will be Hudson’s lost historic buildings.

On Thursday, January 8, Hudson Library Archivist Gwen Mayer will speak about some of the city’s historic buildings that have been lost to demolition, redevelopment, neglect and fire.

“Not every vanished old building from the past could have been saved or even necessarily should have been saved,” said Mayer, “however, by thinking about the great landmarks of our town’s past, we can…

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Hudson Heritage Hosts Night at the Movies: Community Invited to Watch “The Gathering”

The community is invited to attend a night at the movies on Friday, December 5, when Hudson Heritage presents a viewing of “The Gathering,” the 1977 holiday classic starring Ed Asner and Maureen Stapleton. The film will be shown at Barlow Community Center auditorium at 7:30 p.m.


Admission to the movie is free.   Seating in the auditorium is limited, so guests are urged to arrive on time.

“The Gathering”, which takes place over the Christmas holidays, is the story…

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The Kent Historical Society – Wells-Sherman House 1858 Greek Revival – November 14th Meeting

For our November 14th meeting the Kent Historical Society will present the story of the preservation, research, relocation and restoration of the Wells-Sherman House, an 1858 Greek Revival house now located on North Water Street in Kent.

In 2012, KSU purchased a student rental house to make room for the Esplanade project, to connect the campus with the town. With research, it was discovered to have been built by Zenas Kent, Kent’s founder, for his daughter Frances and her husband George Wells.


The Kent community…

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Old Hudson Burying Ground – Tom Vince Speaker, Oct. 9th Meeting

HUDSON HERITAGE ASSOCIATION will meet on Chapel Street in Hudson at 6:30 PM Thursday, October 9, 2014 for a tour of Hudson’s oldest cemetery, the Old Hudson Township Burying Ground on Chapel Street. Conducted by WRA Archivist Tom Vince, this historic cemetery saw its first burial when John Brown’s mother died in 1808. Although it’s been over a century since the last burial, markers for the veterans of the War of 1812 were added a couple years ago. Vince will also discuss the gravestone…

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Farming Years at Western Reserve Academy Topic of HHA September Meeting

The September 11th meeting of the Hudson Heritage Association will look at an almost forgotten chapter of Hudson’s history: the Western Reserve Academy Farm, which operated from 1916 to 1953.


Western Reserve Academy Archivist Tom Vince will provide an overview of the WRA farm years, which included operation of the Evamere Farm and agricultural studies at the school. Evamere Farm was the estate of James Ellsworth, one of Hudson’s most noted benefactors. Evamere Farm was located along the…

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Case Barlow Farm Hosts Hudson Heritage Association for May Meeting


Case-Barlow Farm will be the location for the May 8 general meeting of Hudson Heritage Association. Representatives from the Farm will present a program focused on the property’s history, its rescue from development and its restoration to its current state as an education and cultural center. The Farm will celebrate its 200th anniversary in June.


Attendees should note this meeting will begin one-half hour earlier than usual and…

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“The Architectural Legacy of Lemuel and Simeon Porter”

“The Architectural Legacy of Lemuel and Simeon Porter” will be the featured topic at the April 10, 2014 meeting of the Hudson Heritage Association at the Barlow Community Center at 7:30PM. Tom Vince will present the program.


Lemuel Porter (1780-1829) and his son, Simeon Porter (1807-1871) were among the most prominent carpenter-builders and architects of the classic era in Western Reserve history. Lemuel came out to Tallmadge in 1818 with his young family and immediately became an important…

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Heritage Home Program Topic of March 13th Meeting

Representatives of the Cleveland Restoration Society will provide an update on the Heritage Home Program when Hudson Heritage Association holds its monthly meeting March 13. CRS’s Heritage Home Program has been available to Hudson residents since January 2013, offering a variety of services to owners of homes more than 50 years old.

CRS operates the program in a number of communities throughout Northeast Ohio as a way to help owners of older homes repair, maintain and preserve the historic features of their property while allowing…

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February 13th: A Higbees History

Our February speaker will be Cleveland author, Mr Jim Toman. Mr. Toman will be discussing his latest book on Cleveland area history, “A Higbees History: From Designer Labels to Casino Tables”.


James A. Toman was born in a southeast suburb of Cleveland. At an early age, he became fascinated with the city’s streetcars. With time, his interests broadened to encompass many aspects of Cleveland history. One result of that interest was his co-founding Cleveland Landmarks Press…

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Thu November 14, 2013: Engaging The Future with Craig Tallman, CEO and President of the Cuyahoga Valley Railroad

Hudson Heritage Association’s November 14th presentation is ”Engaging the Future” with Mr. Craig Tallman, CEO and President of Cuyahoga Valley Railroad. Mr. Tallman, a Hudsonite, will describe the history of CVSR with archival photos, telling how the railroad has grown over the years and addressing how, as a non-profit organization, it is preparing for the future.

Mr. Tallman will provide an overview of the history of the railroad, share archival photos and discuss how CVSR has grown over the years to become one of the…

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