Clowes Exhibit Set for November

The exhibition, Fertile Ground: The Hudson Valley Animal Paintings of Caroline Clowes, will be on view at the Locust Grove Estate in Poughkeepsie, New York from November 4th to December 30th, 2022. Organized by the Dutchess County Historical Society, the exhibition celebrates the life and art of one of the Hudson Valley’s first professional female […]
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Clowes Preview

A limited number of tickets are available for private, preview access to the exhibition with food and drink by Simply Gourmet, at Locust Grove.

Two Houses, One Political Divide

Two Rhinebeck Houses Reflect Opposing Political Views in 1860 By Bill Jeffway A study of two houses across the street from each other in Rhinebeck, and the politics of their owners, is a study in the politics of our early republic in the run-up to the Civil War and the split in the north within […]
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Dutchess County’s Knickerbocker Trail

For a very long time, since 1809 to be precise, the best-known Knickerbockers have been the fictional characters depicted by the author Washington Irving in a satirical history of New York. His work spawned the use of the iconic name to mean a “real” New Yorker, the Dutch focus reflecting the fact that the first […]
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History Speaks

History Speaks

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Civil War Highlights

DCHS Yearbook Items From DCHS Collections Above left then clockwise: Recruiting Poster, Welcome Home Poster, Medical Doctor Certificate of Serivce, Surgeon’s Kit, Draft Wheel. DCHS Collections Recommended starting places: Titus Papers (150th Regiment) Thomas Collection (128th Regiment)
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Black History Featured Collections

Highlights People 1941 VOICES Interviews of Manet Fowler Places AME Zion Church The Walter M. Patrice Collection Things Freedom For Sale Man purchases own freedom Words from the past Newer Perspectives Other Starting Points The Walter M. Patrice Collection focuses largely on the history of the Smith AME Zion Church in Poughkeepsie, which through Mr. […]
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Dutchess County Soldiers in Shenandoah

DCHS Trustee and Dutchess Community College professor Dr. Michael Boden, himself a long-serving veteran is just back from the Shenandoah battlefield. As is his style, he takes moments of national importance and allows us to see and experience them through the eyes of the men, in this case, who would have been our friends and […]
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The Story Behind Poughkeepsie’s Cast Iron Building

Meet the woman behind the building of the cast iron building! Meet the titan of the iron industry who had a home in Poughkeepsie, who made sure his client got a world class product. Take a look at how the things meant to inspire in 1872 can inspire today! The Dutchess County Historical Society is […]
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DCHS Yearbook Encore Editions

DCHS Yearbook Encore Editions are single-topic reprints of articles drawing our our yearbooks which have been published since our founding in 1914, making DCHS Yearbook the longest-serving historical journal in New York State. Black History Free full-view online River Sports Free full-view online Order Printed Copies Through Amazon
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