One Book One Hudson

One Book, One Hudson is a community reading program that aims to get everyone in Hudson to read and discuss the same books through a variety of fascinating topical programming. You don’t have to have read the book to attend the programs; though it IS helpful to do so if you want to join any of the planned book club discussions.

One Book, One Hudson 2019 will take place during the months of September and October.

Scroll to see this year’s book, our planned events and programs, and our local Civil War history knowledge.

This year’s book is: “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott.


From September 16th – October 21st: Fire and Thunder: Massachusetts Blacks in the Civil War
This 16 panel exhibit is on generous loan from the Commonwealth Museum and will be on display on the Main Floor and in the McLellan Quiet Reading Room.

WEEK ONE: Saturday: 9/21/19 @ 2pm
Lynne McKenney Lydick presents Follow the Cannon: Clara Barton’s Civil War Letters

Clara Barton's Civil War Letters Event Information

WEEK TWO: Thursday: 9/26/19, 7-8pm
Richard Howe Jr. presents: The Civil War in a local context

Saturday: 9/28/19, 12-2pm
Lt. Benny White and Mr. Reynold Bartlett: The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment Company B

WEEK THREE: Saturday: 10/5/19, 2pm
Roger Tincknell presents Songs of the Civil War 

WEEK FOUR: Monday: 10/7/19, 7pm
One Book, One Hudson Book Discussion Group

WEEK FIVE: Saturday: 10/19 @ 2pm
Kandie Carle: The (original) Victorian Lady

WEEK SIX: Monday: 10/21/19 @ 6:30pm
Hele Batchelder presents: The Fruitlands 1843 Utopian Experiment

Civil War Era Hudson History

Check out the biographies and timeline of known historical Hudson figures with these resources:

Civil War Enlistees (Hudson’s Roll of Honor) and related news clippings

Massachusetts Department Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (Cemetery Records)

The Story of the John Brown Bell