Thursday, October 14, 7:30pm at Barlow Community Center. Historian Tom Vince headlines our October program.
Historian Tom Vince Headlines Hudson Heritage Association’s October Program
All are Invited to a Presentation on Hudson’s Historic Houses and Buildings
Hudson and history are synonymous, and historian Tom Vince tells the town’s stories with precision and charm. On Thursday, October 14, Vince will speak at 7:30 at the Barlow Community Center. All are welcome to attend the free event.
Vince, who has served as the institutional memory for Hudson for decades in many roles, knows the nuts and bolts of Hudson’s buildings, but also knows the stories beyond the structures, related to the settlers and inhabitants of Hudson.
“My involvement with HHA goes back several decades, and I was honored to receive a lifetime award from the Association in 2019,” Vince said. His presentation on October 14 will include wit, wisdom, and a look inside some of the most surprising and fascinating stories of Hudson homes and buildings.
Vince has been the archivist at Western Reserve Academy (WRA) for 26 years and wears many hats, both literally and figuratively. His signature chapeau sits atop a brain that is an intellectual archive of the school and the town. Vince is often the first point of contact for people seeking to connect with the town and its history. For example, Marty Ann Brown – a direct descendant of Owen Brown, who came to Hudson in 1805, and his son John Brown, known as the abolitionist leader who led the raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859 – visited with Vince to explore the place her ancestors called home. Vince frequently shares treasure troves of knowledge on the town’s structures, like the Loomis Observatory, which sits on the WRA campus and is the oldest observatory in the country still standing on its original foundation.
In addition to his role at WRA, Vince is a frequent contributor to the Hudson Hub-Times and Hudson Community Television (HCTV). He has served previously as the President of the Hudson Heritage Association and the Hudson Rotary. In 2009, the Hudson Chamber of Commerce named Vince Citizen of the Year.