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 2017, two anonymous patrona have 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:
The Columbia County Historical Society engages our community in many ways: educational programs for adults, school-trips for children, public tours and events at our four historic properties, historical and genealogical research in our library, exhibitions in the museum and in all our properties, and our magazine Columbia County History & Heritage.
Our home-grown institution serves the community with the support of our members, volunteers and our small and dedicated staff. Our exhibitions and education programs make a difference to countless numbers of people from all across the county and country. Our library and collections contain unique genealogical materials, hundreds of maps and photographs. We teach area school children about our rich heritage, we assist new homeowners in the county as they trace the history of their houses, and we help out-of-state generations find their Columbia County roots.
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 collaborative lectures on historic preservation; 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 and Dutch culture. 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.
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. Two-thirds of our annual budget comes from individual donors and members like you--as a private non-profit, we receive no operations funding from the state, nor any federal funds, so while our mission is great, so is our challenge. Your support has helped establish us as a cultural anchor in the county. Thank you!
During this 2017 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.