Helen Wilkinson Reynolds Award

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.

2017 Award

Colonel James M. Johnson, U.S. Army, Retired, Executive Director of The Hudson River Valley Institute and Military Historian, Marist College was presented with the Helen Wilkinson Reynolds Award for his many years of achievements in historical research, publications, and myriad efforts to educate the community about local history.



Prior awardees

Virginia Buechele ~ Mary Lou Davison ~ Olive H. Doty ~ Dr. Harvey K. Flad ~ David Jon Greenwood ~ Dr. Clyde Griffen ~ Eileen Mylod Hayden ~ Emily Johnson ~ Arthur & Nancy Kelly ~ Dr. James H. Merrell ~ Dr. Alison Mountz ~ Helen Cole Netter ~ Evan Pritchard ~ Jim & Joan Smith ~ Irena Stolarik ~ Dr. Louis C. Zuccarello