Nancy Hawkinson painting

Art Hawkinson and Karine Maynard pose with a painting of their wife and mother, Nancy. Nancy Hawkinson's painting, newly finished, will hang in the history room named for her at the Hudson Area Public Library. Submitted photo

HUDSON -- Nancy Hawkinson was on an annual trip to Salt Lake City when she heard that the research center had a scanner to get rid of. The history room at the Hudson Area Public Library was in need of a new scanner, so Hawkinson and her husband squeezed the large machine into their Subaru and drove it home. 

The story is an apt example of Hawkinson’s commitment to the history room and the Friends of the Hudson Library.

“She was just dedicated over and beyond the normal contributions people might make,” President of the Friends Joyce Law said. 

Hawkinson founded the history room at the library and digitized much of the records in the room. After her death in December 2018, the history room was named after her. 

Now a painting of her will hang in the room as a way to remind people of her and her significant contribution to the history room, but also to the Hudson and St. Croix Valley community, Law said. 

The painting by Robert Cloyd  was commissioned by Hawkinson’s daughter Karine Maynard. 

A St. Croix County Historical Society volunteer and editor of the St. Croix Valley Genealogical Society journal, Hawkinson was always happy to help people with genealogical research. 

Her knowledge of the local history in the area was extensive, Law said. 

Hawkinson served as the curator of the history room, which offers access to the Wisconsin History Society Microfilm and the digital scanner. She also served as curator of the extensive collection of the late Willis Miller, the long-serving and prominent former editor of the Hudson Star-Observer.


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