Origins of the Ancient Documents: The 300th Anniversary of the Creation of the Dutchess County Courts.
Why is a court necessary for having a county? Join Dutchess County Historian Will Tatum to delve into the earliest days of the New York court system. This story explains the origins of the Dutchess County Ancient Documents Collection, which has been the focus of an online archives project by the Dutchess County Clerk’s Office for the past 9 years. Learn how crime and punishment began in Dutchess and how the records of criminal activity have been preserved for modern audiences.