The Dutchess County Historical Society is a registered 501c3 not-for-profit organization. Since 1914, we have annually relied on a “society” of member/donors to steward and curate our local history. Together we build on it, and ensure it is available and relevant for future generations. But as the saying goes, "You are only as strong as your weakest link!" Today's annual member/donors ensure the link is strong. We are also grateful for legacy gifts, like the perpetual, annual gift through the Denise M. Lawlor Fund of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley.
Our mission has always been to preserve the past through physical (and now digital) collections, as well as through ongoing research and documentation. We interpret and share that past through public programs, events, exhibitions, and in a distinct tradition for us – through publications. The DCHS Yearbook is the longest-serving historical journal in New York State. DCHS Annual Awards recognize and encourage best practice in local historical research, community engagement, education, and business.
You can very personally shape and prioritize what history is maintained and preserved today, and for future generations, through your annual financial support and direct involvement with DCHS. You'll find some great examples of this being done in the 2-minute video, right.
Bill Jeffway, Executive Director