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For more than four years I have been writing the "Where in Hudson is This" column. I learned so much about Hudson history, and appreciate all the positive comments I have gotten. Although my husband Greg and I would spend Sunday mornings driving around looking for interesting things to feature, two years ago I had to switch from weekly to bi-weekly because it became harder and harder to find something interesting and challenging to present. So in 2017 we are making a change, but still featuring Hudson history.
Through the generosity of the Reinberger Foundation and Hudson Community Foundation, Destination Hudson has received funds to establish our city as part of the Next Exit History (NEH) app for smart phones. I will be working with Hudson historian Tom Vince and Don Husat of Hudson Heritage Association to pick Hudson's most memorable and historic sites and get them on the app.
Next Exit History is an easy-to-use mobile application designed by historians to connect the public to the historic world around them. NEH has one app for the entire country, with over 60,000 sites in their data base. Not only will this be a treasure-trove of historical information for Hudson residents, but travelers driving by on the turnpike can check what's interesting in the area when they decide they need a break. People interested in history can see what is here in Hudson as they plan a visit.
Once we have populated the app with our own information it will feature 25 sites with turn by turn directions, along with the four newly updated (by HHA) walking tours. Right now, before we start, if you are in Hudson (location activated on your phone) a number of plaques will show up, generated by NEH. Pictured here is the first plaque that I see. (Unlike the Where in Hudson columns, I will tell you the location at the end of the same column).
Over the next year, I'll feature another of the sites we have uploaded on to the NEH app every other week. And happily in our second year with the program we will be able to show an additional 25 sites, and 25 more in the third year. Hudson's heritage will be fully and proudly represented.
The pictured boulder is on the Gazebo Green, on the site of the first Summit County schoolhouse a log cabin built in 1801. It was also used as a meeting place for the Hudson Congregational Church founded by David Hudson in 1802. There are other details shown on the plaque. Please send any comments or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.