Press Release 2017-09-27

SEP 27 2017

Michael Gordon, President 845-454-6360
Bill Jeffway, Executive Director 917-991-0482

Dutchess County Historical Society Announces Award Honorees

POUGHKEEPSIE – The Dutchess County Historical Society today announced the honorees of three major awards for distinguished contributions to the field of local history for two individuals and distinguished legacy and service for a business. They are:

Colonel James M. Johnson, (U.S. Army, Retired), Ph.D., Executive Director of The Hudson River Valley Institute and Military Historian, Marist College will be 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.

Gretta Tritch Roman, Ph.D., Experimental Humanities Digital Projects Coordinator, Bard College and a Trustee of Historic Red Hook will be presented with the Dutchess Award to signify her exceptional, highly-innovative contributions to her students and to the broader community in the areas of preservation, history, and education.

Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation will receive the Business of Historical Distinction Award for 167 years of service and commitment to Dutchess County and will be represented by Denise Doring VanBuren, VP of Public Relations.

“These two individuals and one business have each had an important, positive effect on our community in some way, that reflects the value of any community embracing and respecting its collective, local history,” said Michael Gordon, President of the Board of the Historical Society.

“We publish the longest-running historical journal in New York State, the ‘Yearbook,’ we house collections, we host programs, we support education, we convene meetings and conferences among the history community of the county. But the Annual Awards have a special place because they allow us to encourage others who provide leadership in a shared mission that involves high standards and broad accessibility.

This year’s Awards Dinner will take place November 16, 2017 at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel from 5:30 to 9:00 pm. Ticket purchases and business sponsorships are available online at or by phone Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at 845-471-1630.

The Dutchess County Historical Society was founded in 1914 with offices and collections at Clinton House, the 18th century stone house at 549 Main Street Poughkeepsie.