May 1 ~ 6:30 PM Traveling Exhibition Special Opening

$20 suggested donation
Light refreshments & wine


In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI, DCHS, with the support of a generous, anonymous donor, had over 300 glass plate negatives from that period digitally scanned and restored. A careful selection has been turned into high-quality prints and images that will be on display starting May 1, then travel town-to-town across the county.

One of the most important to emerge is a never-before published photograph of then-Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin Delano Roosevelt, marching with purpose and pride in the September 1919 “Welcome Home” Parade on Main Street in Poughkeepsie.

The story of the men, women and children of the “World War” has not been fully told. Two planned histories, “New York’s Part in the World War,” meant to be published by NY State, and a history of Dutchess County War dead, meant to be published by local and NY State American Legion historian and professional photographer, Reuben Van Vlack, were never published. This is our effort to close the gap for Dutchess County, through the extraordinary photographs of Mr. Van Vlack. They were a gift of fellow WWI veteran, C. Fred Close, who, among many other life achievements, served as County Sheriff for a total of 25 years.


Please RSVP by April 12 to or call 845-293-7711 anytime.