Thank you! Your generous support helps us maintain and staff our research library, our exhibition galleries, preserve our historic properties & collections, and continue our quality public programming.
During the last week of 2016, our anonymous patron has agreed to match your donation up to $ 15,000. Donate Now for double the effect!
As we are a 501(c)(3 ) nonprofit organization, your donations to the Columbia County Historical Society are fully tax deductible.
There are no goods and services associated with a charitable gift to our annual appeal. CCHS will not share or sell a donor's personal information with any other party, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations.
Dear Friends, Members, and Followers of the Columbia County Historical Society:
On behalf of CCHS staff and Board of Trustees, we thank you for your contribution to our ongoing efforts and projects, and look forward to our second hundred years.
Education programs for adults, schooltrips for children, public tours and exhibits at all four historic properties, and our award-winning magazine, Columbia County History & Heritage together present a centennial accomplishment and describe 100 years of preserving our stories.
For one hundred years, thousands of people from all across Columbia County and beyond have enjoyed our exhibitions and education programs. Our research library holds important and unique genealogical materials and hundreds of maps, photographs, and other archival material. From helping new homeowners in the county trace the history of their property, to teaching children about the special cultural history of upstate New York; we serve residents of all eighteen towns, the city of Hudson, and visitors from across the nation.
Our cultural and historical programs and lectures on author Washington Irving; Dutch cooking and gardens; the Colony of New Netherland, and archaeology at the Van Alen house are notable and popular. Our collaborations with Historic Hudson have included lectures on historic architecture, the 1799 Columbia County Toll Roads, and the 17th century Dutch founders of Hudson. In addition, the Van Alen house and Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse host hundreds of fourth grade students each year who learn about our Dutch heritage and early schooling in Columbia County.
Our c. 1850 'Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse' is recognized by the New York Folklore Society as a place of Legend, and awarded a new historical 'legends' marker by the Folklore Society with a corresponding grant from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation. More information and celebration of this literary acknowledgement will be forthcoming during 2017.
Our 1737 'Luykas Van Alen House' was called in 1964 by then-Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller, “one of the most authentic examples of early Dutch architecture remaining in the United States.” Over the last half-century, we have restored and shared this very special National Historic Landmark with thousands of visitors and students who now better understand life on an 18th century farm.
At a time when public and private grants are fewer and more competitive, individual generosity of our members and friends is vitally important. Seventy percent of our annual budget comes from individual donors and members like you. Your support has helped establish us as a cultural anchor in the county. Thank you! Your fully tax-deductible gift to the Columbia County Historical Society endorses the valuable work we do.
During this 2016 Annual Appeal, please give as generously as you can and spread the word about the Columbia County Historical Society. The CCHS is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and your 100% tax deductible gift makes an essential contribution to our annual operating expense, sustaining our continued success. And if you work for a company with a Matching Gift Program, your gift can be multiplied. You can also donate online via credit card on this page.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees and staff of the Historical Society, we wish to thank you once again for your contribution to our ongoing efforts.
Jim Guidera, President
Lori Yarotsky, Executive Director