November Newsletter
November 5, 2021
Message from the Co-Presidents
Hudson Heritage Association continued its work during October in support of HHA’s mission.

1927 Building
Of note for everyone interested in the future of the Historic District, a Board of Education Work Session with Hudson Heritage Association and Liberty Development is scheduled for Monday, November 22 at 5:30 p.m. at the Hudson High School Media Center to discuss the future of the 1927 High School located on Oviatt Street. Although the meeting will be open to the public and aired simultaneously, public comment will not be permitted, per standard protocol for BOE workshops. Both Liberty Development and HHA will review their proposals for the adaptive reuse of the building. At the last meeting, Liberty Development continued to stand firm on its most recent proposal, which involves demolishing three-quarters of the historic structure and building condominiums and townhouses on the site. HHA stands in strong opposition to that plan and believes the proposal is not in keeping with historic preservation standards nor that it complements the aesthetics of the surrounding Historic District neighborhood. Watch for more information in an upcoming email blast.

Park Lane Square Project
HHA continues to follow the work of Peg’s Foundation as it advances plans for the redevelopment of the 0.92 acres that abuts the west village green – one of the most significant and prominent parcels of land in the Historic District and home to the historic Baldwin-Buss House. Because the National Register Historic District boundary intersects the property and divides the proposed Peg’s Foundation building that will be built on the site, City staff have recommended that the rear wing and the main mass be reviewed separately with the main mass subject to the city’s general design standards and the rear wing subject to any applicable Secretary of Interior standards or City of Hudson design standards for historic buildings/properties.
On October 11, Peninsula Architects and Peg's Foundation provided an overview of the plan for redevelopment of the Park Lane Square Cultural Campus to the city’s Planning Commission, including renovation of the Baldwin-Buss House, demolition of the Merino Store and Prestige Building, construction of a new gallery and Peg's Foundation headquarters, and various other site improvements. At the October 13 Architectural and Historic Board of Review meeting, City of Hudson Senior Planner Nick Sugar noted that the Planning Commission approved the application for the Peg’s Foundation Cultural Campus with “conditions” and that the Board of Zoning and Building Appeals would be approached for variances. Items noted were the location of the main entrance to Peg’s Foundation’s headquarters, the height of the proposed building, landscaping/greenery around the parking area, and the importance of the Baldwin-Buss House as the focal point of the project. Proposed plans and perspective renderings can be viewed by clicking here.

Downtown Phase 2 Redevelopment
The City of Hudson and Fairmount Properties held two Community Open Houses on September 29 and October 21 to gather public input on the proposed project and conceptual plans. City Council conducted first and second readings on this proposed project at their October 5 and 19 meetings, respectively. The third reading is expected to occur at the November 9 meeting. The fourth reading and Action is expected to occur at the November 16 meeting. The entire project is being fast-tracked. Fairmount has asked Council for a purchase agreement with contingencies, such as Planning Commission approval, for the land purchase to occur. The proposal includes a larger Heinen's and approximately 100 town homes and quad villas in the downtown Phase 2 area. According to the City of Hudson’s website, Fairmount is asking for an approved purchase agreement before the end of November so that Heinen's can begin its plans for a new building. If an agreement is not achieved by that time, Fairmount will not go forward with the proposal, and Heinen’s will begin renovations to its current building.
Voice your opinions by visiting Let’s Talk Hudson.

HHA November Program to Celebrate Native American Heritage Month
HHA’s Programming Committee continues its work to bring our members and the community interesting and unique insights into the history of Hudson and the region beyond through our monthly program offerings. This month, we celebrate Native American Heritage Month with noted expert Brad Lepper who will discuss Ohio’s Great Serpent Mound. HHA’s programming takes a break in December, but will return in January with more programs designed to inform and entertain. Enjoy watching past HHA programs on our website.

HCTV Programming Director, Barbara Van Blarcum, to Retire
Finally, we join the community in congratulating former HHA President, Barbara Van Blarcum, who has announced her retirement from Hudson Community Television (HCTV) at the end of November. Barbara has been an integral part of HCTV and the Hudson community for the last 24 years and currently serves as HCTV’s programming director. Among her other achievements is the extensive documentary work she has completed to preserve Hudson’s history on film!

Barbara’s close friendship and collaboration with Hudson historian and WRA Archivist Tom Vince has produced close to 230 video programs that explore Hudson’s history, architecture, people, places and events, all captured on a “Moment in Hudson History,” “History of Hudson,” “Programs from WRA” and several of HHA’s monthly programs. Hudson has benefited tremendously by having Tom as our very own archivist, historian and storyteller. And we thank Barbara for being there, behind the scenes (and camera), to document it all. Frank Youngwerth has been hosting “Good Day in Hudson” since 2000 and has also worked closely with Barbara for the last 21 years, creating nearly 240 video programs and interviews featuring distinguished Hudson citizens, their stories and contributions. You can read more about Barbara’s beginnings at HCTV in Frank’s thoughtful tribute below.

Barbara’s careful attention to detail and her passion in recording and interviewing important contributors to Hudson’s heritage will indeed be difficult shoes to fill. HHA would like to thank Barbara for her many years of service to HCTV and the Hudson community. We wish her a long, healthy and happy retirement.

Be well and stay healthy.

Christopher Bach & Kathy Russell
Hudson Heritage Association
November Program
Brad Lepper discusses Ohio's Great Serpent Mound
Thursday, November 11, 2021
Local residents take global trips to see the wonders of the world, but Ohio has sites of great note as well. One such wonder is located to the south in Adams County and will be the topic of Hudson Heritage Association’s free monthly program on Thursday, November 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Barlow Community Center. 

Brad Lepper, Senior Archaeologist for the Ohio History Connection’s World Heritage Program, will introduce the audience to the Great Serpent Mound, an internationally known icon of ancient Ohio. Serpent Mound is a 1,427-foot long, 3-foot-high ancient ceremonial mound. It is the largest serpent effigy in the world. During the 19th century, many mounds were plowed under by agricultural efforts, but the early efforts of Harvard University archaeologist Frederic Ward Putnam spared Serpent Mound this fate.

Serpent Mound is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark. It is built on the site of a classic astrobleme, an ancient meteorite impact structure, with an impact origin estimated at as many as 286 million years ago. While most all agree on its serpent shape, there remains much debate about the construction date of the actual structure. Some argue it was built by the ancient American Indian Adena culture at around 300 B.C.E. and others favor the Fort Ancient culture around 1100 C.E. 
Dr. Lepper graduated from Hudson High School and earned his B.A. degree from the University of New Mexico and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the Ohio State University. His research includes the excavation of The Burning Tree mastodon in December 1989 (named one of the top 50 science discoveries of 1990 by Discover magazine in its January 1991 issue) and the discovery of the Great Hopewell Road, first reported in 1995. Lepper, an expert on North America’s Ice Age peoples and Ohio’s magnificent earthworks, also is fascinated by the history of archaeology, making him especially appropriate for considering a structure as old as Serpent Mound. 
“Serpent Mound is probably the most famous ancient American Indian mound in the world, but that fame is a bit of a two-edged sword,” Lepper says. “Lots of people have heard of it, but a lot of what they’ve heard is wrong.”
In shape and opportunities for debate and exploration, Serpent Mound is a winding wonder. Charcoal samples, radiocarbon ages, art and symbolism, and archaeological mystery all are embedded in the story of the mound, now presented for public consideration. HHA invites all to attend.
A Tribute to Barbara Van Blarcum
Barbara Van Blarcum, Hudson Community Television's current program director is going to retire from HCTV at the end of November, after working for HCTV for 24 years. In February 1995, Barbara was a member of the HCTV Advisory Board, which was successful in getting public access channels for Hudson from cable supplier Adelphia. That was the beginning of what has become a major television operation with three channels, as well as 24/7 programming.

In 1998, Barbara went to work for HCTV and turned over her seat on the Hudson Cable Committee to the author of this article. Once she became an employee, Barbara was all about program development as she assisted several of us interested in putting programs on the air. Most were shot out of the building, edited into programs and put on the air. Thanks to the leadership of Barbara, by the year 2000, HCTV had a studio with furniture donated by interior designer Candice Sveda. In July of that year, "Good Day in Hudson" became an ongoing program that has been seen on a regular basis for almost 22 years.

One of her ongoing requests to all potential program creators has been to "develop programs that tell Hudson's history." Thanks to the talent of Tom Vince, that happened right from the very beginning. Others joined in, leading to programs such as when David Hudson and James W. Ellsworth returned to Hudson and met each other for the first time. It was the type of story Van Blarcum was always looking for. This type of program has happened many times during her tenure at HCTV.

Another important project, led by this outstanding leader, has been getting people in Hudson to take advantage of public access programing. This was one of the FCC's orders when it decided years ago to bring television activity to interested cities. During her time as an employee, Barbara has led the way for a number of producers to learn how to create a television program. One of the first was Regis Smith, then president of Hudson Rotary, more than 20 years ago. This program continues to be broadcast on HCTV to this day. There are many programs in the same category thanks to her ongoing leadership.

Since 1998, Barbara has had many duties and responsibilities to deal with. HCTV, as we know it today, would not exist without the talents of Barbara Van Blarcum. When she leaves her current position, she will be very difficult to replace. HCTV is one of the very best public access television operations in this part of the country. The person who made that happen more than anyone else, Barbara Van Blarcum, is retiring.

Frank Youngwerth, Host of Good Day in Hudson
David Hudson Chapter, DAR to Raffle Off Unique “Hudson WWI Memorial Quilt”
The Hudson WWI Memorial Quilt raffle sale will help raise funds for the final phase of the Hudson WWI Memorial Restoration project.
A beautiful, hand-made quilt titled the “Hudson WWI Memorial Quilt,” has been quilted by the David Hudson Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), to help raise funds for the final phase of Hudson’s WWI Memorial Restoration project. The Memorial Quilt is being raffled off on Friday, November 12, at the David Hudson Chapter DAR’s monthly meeting. 

The quilt concept and design were inspired by the WWI Red Cross quilts made over one hundred years ago. The Red Cross would sell patches to be sewn into quilts with the names of service members embroidered into them. The money raised was used by the Red Cross to send supplies and comfort items over to the soldiers on the front lines. “We thought that this idea fit nicely for raising funds for the Hudson WWI Memorial, so that the 81 names of our Hudson's service members would never be forgotten,” said Patricia Hall, DAR Registrar. The quilt will fit a queen or king-size bed.

Tickets for the raffle are on sale now through Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11, and are available for $5.00 each or $20.00 for a book of five tickets. Tickets can be purchased at the Learned Owl Book Store, located at 204 N. Main Street, and the Destination Hudson Visitor Center, located on the first floor of the Hudson Town Hall. For more information on the quilt or to order tickets, please contact the David Hudson Chapter, DAR at

Since 1931, the Hudson WWI Memorial has been located on the Boy Scout South Green, in front of the Scout Cabin along RT 91, after the bronze plaque had been removed from the west façade of the Clock Tower and relocated. The original Hudson WWI Memorial bronze plaque was dedicated on “Decoration Day” (Memorial Day), May 30, 1919, and commemorates the service of 81 men and women who went from Hudson, to serve their country in the World War, 1917-1918.

The Hudson WWI Memorial bronze plaque was restored and unveiled at a Veterans Day commemoration on November 11, 2018, marking the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI with the signing of the Armistice. A group of 125 Hudson residents gathered on the Boy Scout South Green for the ceremony and unveiling of the restored bronze plaque, which was displayed on a temporary wood pedestal. A quarter of the funds needed for the new sandstone pedestal have been raised, which is estimated at $20,000, and includes demolition and removal of the existing deteriorated stone-rubble base, new concrete footings, a new sandstone pedestal/base, masonry construction/installation, and landscaping around the WWI Memorial. 
2022 HHA Preservation Awards
Nominations accepted until January 31, 2022
The Hudson Heritage Association Preservation Awards recognize and honor historic structures in Hudson that have been well preserved or restored within the last five years in a manner that maintains the historic integrity of the property. No minimum or maximum number of awards will be given in any year.

We encourage our HHA members to nominate preservation/restoration projects for the 2022 HHA Preservation Awards. To be eligible, properties must be at least 75 years old, and may include private residences, commercial buildings, publicly owned buildings, nonprofit organizations and historic landscapes. You can find information about applying for the Preservation Awards Program by clicking here

Criteria for nominations include: 
  • All nominated properties must be located within the City of Hudson.
  • To be considered, restoration and preservation projects must have been completed on or after September 15, 2017.
  • Properties may be nominated by their owners or by another individual or group. If another individual or group nominates a property, the owner must be notified.
  • Consideration for awards will include appropriateness of the materials used on both the exterior and interior parts of the structure, including landscaping materials, and the historic accuracy of any preservation or restorations made.

Nominate a property before January 31, 2022, and help HHA celebrate preservation in Hudson.
2021-22 Program Dates

Plan to join us for our popular monthly programs. Unless otherwise noted, these meetings are open to the general public and are held in the Assembly Room of Barlow Community Center at 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments are provided. Mark your calendars for the following dates:

No meeting

January 13
"Lost Akron" with Mark Price

February 10
"The Women of the Tiffany Studios" with Renee Sentilles

March 10
Ohio and Erie Canal Program

April 14
"Tale of Two Cities" presented by Nicholas Kent and his students from WRA

May 12
HHA Annual Meeting Program TBD

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