Board of Directors
There are currently 16 board members and an Ex-officio member.
Lou Lewis, President
Christine Altavilla, Vice President
Jack Cina, Treasurer
Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer, Secretary
Elizabeth Wolf, Esq.
Ex-Officio: William P. Tatum III
The Dutchess County Historical Society conserves the past to educate for the future by procuring, promoting, and preserving the history of Dutchess County. We are proud to be known for our publications, educational outreach, and collection of archival materials, photographs, and objects inclusive of the entire county. Our Annual Yearbook, published since 1914, is the oldest continuously published annual in New York State. In addition, 14 books on local history bear the Historical Society's imprint. Exhibits, lectures, history awards, conferences, and a Living with History Series (tour and lecture of homes), round out programming for members of the Historical Society and the community at large. DCHS is a not-for-profit organization. We rely on support from memberships, gifts, grants, and donations.
Dr. James Merrell
Dr. Dennis Murray
Al & Julia Rosenblatt
Dr. Paul Sparrow
Denise Doring VanBuren
Mary Kay Vrba
You can generally speak to somone by phone Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, some exceptions.
PO Box 88
Poughkeepsie, NY 12602
Library, Collections & Research Requests
With limited resources we can not take research requests or "look-up" by phone. Please use this online form .
In terms of genealogical requests, we frequently can not add to what is now broadly available online unless a family has left us information through a Collections Gift.
There is a backlog on such requests as a single specialist reviews these on a weekly basis.
Physical Location (not a mailing address).
549 Main Street, Poughkeepsie