Our goal is to continue to be recognized as the most meaningful source of Dutchess County history through responsible archival stewardship of tangible objects and energetic and tireless interpretation and presentation.
Your support of DCHS, which can come in any number of ways, allows us to continue to build on the momentum we are creating in 2022:
We have launched DCHS Yearbook Encore Editions which take a single topic and draw from writings from over a century from the DCHS Yearbook, New York State’s longest serving historical journal. Read online or order a printed copy through Amazon. Two topics are currently available: Hudson River Sports & Black History.
This year we are publishing a catalogue of the paintings of Caroline Morgan Clowes to coincide with the exhibition opening.
Through the generosity of the Members’ Fund at the Loeb at Vassar College we have a formal partnership with the Loeb which allows financial and advisory academic support for our exhibitions, starting with the November 4th opening of the works of Caroline Clowes at Locust Grove.
Public speaking & education
We have had a breakthrough in invitations for our Executive Director and Collections Chair to speak at public schools which so far include a young girls leadership summit held by the Superintendent of Poughkeepsie Schools, Poughkeepsie High School, Arlington High School, and Rhinebeck 7th and junior high school classes.
We have launched our first ever Spanish language web pages in support of a community oral history program funded by the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley.
The profile of lesser told Jewish histories were raised through our 2022 Business Award and talk on local Jewish immigration.
Supporting research efforts
We are recasting our finding aids to be more holistic in assessing what is available in DCHS Collections & Archives, DCHS Photographs, the Research Library, and presentations/virtual event space.
All 11,600 pages of our Yearbooks since 1914 are now digitized and searchable.
These are some of the ways we are embracing the demands of the 21st century. We always welcome your ideas…