Saturday, June 1, 2024

Saturday, June 1
DHCS 2024 Historic Preservation & Awards Celebration
at the Hill family’s
The Grove, Rhinebeck

2:00 to 4:00 pm Open House

3:00 pm Awards & Comments

You are cordially invited!

Our growing list of event sponsors!

Dear DCHS members, supporters & friends,

I hope you will join us in recognizing and thanking this year’s DCHS Annual Award Winners while getting a rare glimpse into the home and lives 19th century Dutchess County.

Rarely open to the public, this unique house was inspired by the Octogon House craze of the 1850s, a national phenomenon ignited by a Fishkill man, Fowler.

Rob Doyle, President

Historic Preservation Award: the Hill Family for The Grove

This award honors a site and the stewards of that site who have ensured that the character and essence of a historic site are preserved and cared for.

The Grove at Rhinebeck has been in two families since its initial purchase in 1842. The ancestors of our hosts, the Hill family, have been stewards of the site since 1896. It is rarely open to the public. First purchased by the prominent local Wager family, the house was greatly and spectacularly enlarged first in the 19th century, we believe when it became the home of Walter Livingston, who married into the Wager family, and in 1930, when Anna Hill created a significant but sensitive addition which retained the unique dynamic of octagonal rooms, but created the space to raise a large and dynamic family.

The Hill family’s The Grove

Business of Historic Distinction: Arnoff Moving & Storage

This award honors a business that demonstrates a commitment to the culture and values tied to our local history.

Arnoff Moving & Storage is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, a fifth-generation family-owned and operated transportation company. They provide exceptional household, residential, commercial, library and museum specialist moving and storage services in the Hudson Valley and Capital Region. Arnoff was key to DCHS’s historic, successful full relocation to Rhinebeck in 2023.

Arnoff Moving & Storage

The Dutchess: FDR Library & Museum

This award honors exceptional contributions to the Dutchess County community and beyond in the areas of preservation, history, and/or education.

The Dutchess Award goes to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library & Museum, National Archives & Records Administration. William A. Harris, accepting.

The stewardship of President Roosevelt’s legacy are of importance on a number of levels beyond the obvious national important. FDR was a local historian and founder and active member of the Dutchess County Historical Society. Tourist destination offering interpretation and education exhibitions and programs, allowed DCHS to offer DCHS exhibitions and programs

FDR Presidential Library & Museum

Eileen Mylod Hayden Education Award: Jeff Urbin

This award honors Dutchess County teachers who bring innovation and creativity to impart a love and appreciation of local history.

The Award goes to Jeff Ubrin, Education Specialist, Franklin D. Roosevelt Library & Museum, National Archives & Records Administration.

Through its Distance Learning Program the Pare Lorentz Center now has the ability to bring many of our workshops, resources, lectures, and presentations directly into the classroom free of charge.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Library & Museum, National Archives & Records Administration. William A. Harris, accepting. The stewardship of President Roosevelt’s legacy are of importance on a number of levels beyond the obvious national important. FDR was a local historian and founder and active member of the Dutchess County Historical Society. Tourist destination offering interpretation and education exhibitions and programs, allowed DCHS to offer DCHS exhibitions and programs

Jeff Urbin

Helen Wilkinson Reynolds Award: Jack Conklin

Honors local historians who are an exemplar of the necessary and accurate search for historical truth as practiced by Helen Wilkinson Reynolds.

Recognizing achievement in the necessary and accurate pursuit of historical truth embodied by DCHS founder Helen Wilkinson Reynolds. Awarded to Jack Conklin. Conklin is a retired busiinessman, following a career in the US Army and board member or owner at several Hudson Valley companies. He has published two books, including Rhinebeck and the History of the Landsman Kill Mills.

Jack Conklin

Historic Home Open 2:00 to 4:00 pm