Local DCHS VP Public Workspace

This page is the public, shared workspace of the DCHS Vice Presidents
List of VP's and role description here

2018: Year of the Veteran in Dutchess County is a collaborative effort lead by DCHS, offices of County Executive, Director of Veterans Services and Historian, and local counterparts in each community. Participation is open to all! Our wish is for the Full scope of this collaborative work to align with state and even national efforts, giving our local work greater context and larger, more visible platform.

We are Developing Three Types of Public Exhibitions

Online Permanent

3-D Objects

County Office Display 01

County Office Building Courtesy County Clerk

Traveling exhibition Let Their Stories Be Told 2018 ~ 2019 

A display of powerful photographs with related headlines from local newspapers will be featured on portable panels with an inaugural launch at the FDR Presidential Museum & Library’s Wallace Center in May 2018. This exhibition will also be featured at the Dutchess County Fair in late August.The panels are available to travel town to town outside of those times. Contact us to do so! They feature photographs taken largely between 1917 and 1919 by local professional photographer Reuben Van Vlack, who served in WWI. Included is a never-before-published photograph of then-Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin D. Roosevelt leading a brisk march down Main Street two years before he contracted polio. The Van Vlack photographs were donated  to DCHS in 1981 by C Fred Close, a WWI Purple Heart veteran and County Sheriff for 25 years.

Permanent online exhibition Let their Stories Be Told

Photographs, letters, documents, newspaper clippings from the cities, towns, and villages of Dutchess County relating to "World War" will be maintained bon theDCHS with the option of local organizations to equally exhibit on their online properties.

Exhibition of objects and three-dimensional memorabilia

Not yet opened, will be set up on display on the first floor of the Dutchess County Office Building courtesy of the County Clerk.

Initial focus on two pieces of exhibition content

Local Memorials Inventory

An important feature of the online exhibition will involve documenting all WWI-related memorials in the county which range from "living memorials" that remain gardens to this day, to more traditional plaques and statues.

Link to national WWI Memorial Documentation project.


Rhi Doughboy bw 2017

Memorials Inventory

Oral Histories Library

The Oral History program is a significant component of the online exhibition. We are expanding on work initiated by Bard College's Gretta Tritch Roman and Historic Red Hook in their work with students in the development and use of of a Mobil History Van.as well as Marist College, Hudson River Valley Institute and the Library of Congress.

Please check back for updates.

Amenia AHS George Phillips

Oral Histories