Hudson Heritage Association puts reports online

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Researchers, owners of historic homes and anyone else interested in Hudson's history can now easily access Hudson Heritage Association's research reports for homes with HHA's iconic Historic Markers, like the Baldwin Babcock Home at 49 East Main Street, which is home to both HHA and the Hudson Community Foundation. The reports are available online at HudsonHertiage.org.

Researchers, owners of historic homes and anyone else interested in Hudson’s history can now easily access some of the town’s most historically significant documents.

Hudson Heritage Association has digitized and uploaded to its website its collection of house reports, which document the homes and other structures that have been awarded iconic HHA Historic Markers. These reports offer rich and deeply researched information on land ownership, architecture, construction of homes/additions, commerce, religion and important biographical information on the owners and occupants of more than 160 historic homes in Hudson built from 1806 to the early 20th Century.

“Each of these house reports is a one-of-a-kind history textbook of a property, building and occupants,” says HHA President Chris Bach. “Put them together, and these reports paint the most comprehensive historical portrait available of Hudson’s early years, its residents, buildings, properties and way of life.”

Until now, the reports were available only on paper in the HHA archives and at the Hudson Library and Historical Society. Thanks to a grant from the Historical and Environmental Fund, a fund of Hudson Community Foundation, HHA was able to digitize and upload the documents, giving instant access to anyone around the globe.

The house reports can be accessed and downloaded at HudsonHeritage.org by selecting “Find a Property” under the “Research & History” tab. Digital versions are also available to visitors and researchers at the Hudson Library and Historical Society.

“Allowing easy access to these house reports to researchers and anyone interested in Hudson history is important to Hudson Heritage Association’s mission of preservation, advocacy and education,” says Bach. “We are deeply grateful to the Hudson Community Foundation for recognizing this mission and devoted resources to this project. I’d also like to thank HHA Board member Liz Leonard for her countless hours organizing and reviewing documents and moving the project along. It wouldn’t have been completed without her.”

For nearly 50 years, HHA has been researching, assisting owners with research and awarding its iconic markers to qualifying historic homes in Hudson. Find out more about the Historic Marker program at HudsonHeritage.org.