Expressions

The words of Frederick Douglass as spoken at College Hill on Emancipation Day, 1858, in contemporary expression. Performed under the auspices of Celebrating the African Spirit in recognition of Poughkeepsie’s 2022 Frederick Douglass Day. For best viewing click “Watch on Youtube.” Research & images provided by the Dutchess County Historical Society, Bill Jeffway, Executive Director. […]
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African American Burial Grounds: Beacon

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Sophia Pooley: In Her Own Words

Benjamin Drew published the book, The Refugee: or the Narratives of the Fugitive Slaves in Canada in 1856, capturing narratives of freedomseekers in first person testimony. Among the narratives is that of Sophia Pooley, who was born and raised ten miles south of Poughkeepsie in Fishkill. At the age of seven she was sold into […]
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Caroline Clowes & the City of Schools: How Poughkeepsie Nurtured an Artist

With Bill Jeffway & Melodye Moore This program is part of the exhibition, Fertile Ground: the Hudson Valley Animal Paintings of Caroline Clowes. Below: Click on Watch on YouTube to open a new window & to view full screen. Click on the red play button in the middle to view within existing window. The generous […]
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Painting in a Challenging Landscape: Women Artists in the 19th Century

With Rob Doyle This program is part of the exhibition, Fertile Ground: the Hudson Valley Animal Paintings of Caroline Clowes. Below: Click on Watch on YouTube to open a new window & to view full screen. Click on the red play button in the middle to view within the existing window. The generous support of […]
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Women Artists in the 19th Century

Painting in a Challenging Landscape: Women Artists in the 19th Century A presentation by DCHS President Rob Doyle on December 5, 2022. This page is under construction. The video is incomplete and the listing of artists has barely begun. We appreciate your patience! This program is sponsored by Hudson Views,a longtime and generous supporter of […]
Posted in: Women's History
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LEARN: Choose a Topic

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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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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)
Posted in: For everyone, Topics
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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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