"IT HAPPENED IN DUTCHESS: The Central But Changing Role of Apples" represents one of a handful of topics that seem to be popular and particularly relevant in Dutchess County. Given the topic's saliency we offer these online, open workspaces and resources on our website so that collections and items from DCHS or others are in this broader context. And you may have easier access to existing resources on the topic. As a result we welcome ideas on what to include here!
The Central But Changing Role of Apples
One of the most recent and most extensive DCHS collections is the Hart Hubbard Farm Records Collection, a gift of Linda and E. Stuart Hubbard III. Given the fundamental economic and social impact of agricultural in general, and apple-growing in particular in our county this collection allows a view into a century of change expressed through one family.
1934 Family Profile in the Rural New Yorker
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1941 Childrens' Poster Contest
Other Collections & Towns on the Topic
Julian Strauss, with input and comments from other locals, looks at the farm and family of Amenia farmer Edward Dean, in part through a daily diary. While farming a range of items, apples are covered in some detail, in text and photos. Through Amenia Historical Society.
Historic Red Hook partners with Bard College Professor Gretta Tritch Roman on a highly-innovative digital "exhibition." According to Tritch Roman and HRH President Claudine Klose, having students, many of whom are not originally from the area, go out into the community to meet families who have been located in Red Hook for generations and centuries, was a very rewarding experience for all involved.
In the 18th century every farmer would have had some sort of relatively small apple orchard as their farm produce was used primarily for their own consumption. Technology and especially transportation changes like the canal and train, created a more market-based, commercial opportunity for apple growing.