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Jenny Douglas

January 27, 2024


Hudson, NY


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This interview was conducted with Jenny Douglas at her home on Warren Street in Hudson, N.Y. Jenny is a mother, journalist, artist and community organizer who divides her time living between Brooklyn and Hudson, N.Y. At the time of this interview, Jenny is on the verge of turning 60 and she recounts her life story by sharing what led her to purchase her home at 212 Warren Street. Jenny gets at the core of home — what it is like to find, lose, build, feel and co-create home. She discusses her relationship with her father, with whom she invested for the purchase of 212 Warren, Airbnb hosting and its complicated existence in Hudson, and how she "loved her way out of life from the space of a broken heart" after divorce. Listeners will sometimes hear Jenny rescue pup, Cleo, in the background.

This interview may be of interest to someone interested in spirituality, aging, divorce, real estate, Canadian immigration, family relationships, and the pursuit of joy. 

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Kristina Samulewski is a recurring participant of the Oral History Summer School. She grew up in New Jersey and is half German and Ukrainian. She has a B.A. in English, sociology and art history from theUniversity of Vermont. Her current job is working in podcasting at The New YorkTimes.

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