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CLASSROOM STUDY MATERIALS: WORLD WAR ONE
Over Here: Lessons of Dutchess County's Engagement in the World War 1917~ 1919
Video and online tools that will include discussion guides are taking shape due to the generosity of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution who provided a significant grant, and to Central Hudson who provided a significant Corporate Sponsorship. In addition, DCHS has provided funding from gifts already given, and some that are in progress. The teaching material includes findings provided by outreach to the individual cities, towns and villages of the county through the DCHS local Vice President network.
We are working with Cogent Communications in planning to have six topic areas: 1) In short order: the shift from peace to war footing in five months in 1917; 2) Women and children find new roles, temporary "fix," or natural evolution? 3) Persons of color: promise, expectations, reality; 4) "How American Are You?" -- the role of identity in wartime; 5) Over there, the unimaginable experience of the men and women of our county in Europe 1917 to 1919; 6) Brief shining moment: how and why "the war to end all war" failed to live up to its name.
Digital bookshelf holds the following books in full view:
DCHS Yearbooks (1914 to 1986)
Woodlot Conditions in Dutchess County, New York (1915)
The Records of Christ Church, Poughkeepsie, New York (1911)
The History of Dutchess County, Hasbrouck (1909)
The Eagle's History of Poughkeepsie: ...1683 to 1905, Platt (1905)
Comm. and Bio. Record of ... Dutchess and Putnam, Beers (1897)
History of Little Nine Partners, Huntting (1897)
History of Dutchess County, New York, J. H. Smith (1892)
Documentary History of Rhinebeck, E. M. Smith (1881)
General History of Duchess [sic] County 1609 to 1876, P. H. Smith (1877)
The Bill Ratifying the Constitutional Amendment Prohibiting Slavery, M. D. Wilbur (1895)
Shekomeko, or, The Moravians in Dutchess County, Davis (1858)
Maps of the Entire County
Hudson River Valley 1891
Click image below to see Atlas of the Hudson River Valley from New York City to Troy (Dutchess County Section) by Watson & Co., 1891. New York Public Library Digital Collections.
Maps of Poughkeepsie
Sources: 1780: Eagle's History of Poughkeepsie, 1798: NYS Archives, 1799: Eagle's History of Poughkeepsie, 1799 DCHS Archives, 1834: Library of Congress, 1874: DCHS Collections, 1876: DCHS Collections, 1891 DCHS Collections.
Maps of Cities & Towns
Free Newspaper Searches
Paid Newspaper Searches
Who covers which Dutchess County newspaper?
Gravestones & Other Genealogy Tools
County Government Resources
INSTRUCTION FOR FAMILY SEARCH COUNTY PROPERTY DEEDS
1. Click on Dutchess County.
2. Use "Grantee Index" and "Grantor Index" each organized by last letter of family name.
3. This gives you "Liber" or Volume number and "Page" number.
4. Click on appropriate Volume number.