This year's winner of the Helen Wilkinson Reynolds Award to speaks to the motivation of her historical pursuits across 64 years.
Read Ms. Opdycke's 1956 article on Poughkeepsie's Whaling Industry 1830-1845
Read Ms. Opdycke's 2020 article on Local Women's Suffrage Movement
This award recognizes the local historian who is an exemplar of the necessary and accurate search for historical truth that represents the spirit of Helen Wilkinson Reynolds. Miss Reynolds was a writer, genealogist, preservationist, and charter member of the society. She was eulogized in 1943 by then-President Franklin D Roosevelt as the most knowledgable student of, and contributor to, the county’s history. Her careful research over 30 years set the high standards of DCHS.
We are thrilled to announce that this years winner of the Helen Wilkinson Reynolds Award is Sandra Opdycke, Ph.D., who receives the award for her contributions which include books on public health policy, women’s suffrage and the 1918 pandemic, and an article in the current DCHS Yearbook. She has taught at Bard, Vassar and Marist Colleges. Sandra and her husband, Leonard, have been long-term supporters of DCHS.
We are still working through plans for a full announcement and recognition, with an in-person event anticipated and hope for, pending pandemic conditions, in the spring of 2021.
Myra Young Armstead ~ Virginia Buechele ~ Mary Lou Davison ~ Olive H. Doty ~ Dr. Harvey K. Flad ~ David Jon Greenwood ~ Dr. Clyde Griffen ~ Eileen Mylod Hayden ~ Emily Johnson ~ Col. Jim Johnson ~ Arthur & Nancy Kelly ~ Dr. James H. Merrell ~ Dr. Alison Mountz ~ Helen Cole Netter ~ Evan Pritchard ~ Jim & Joan Smith ~ Betsy Strauss ~ Irena Stolarik ~ Thomas S. Wermuth ~ Dr. Louis C. Zuccarello