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Your generous support can help us maintain and staff our research library, preserve our historic properties & collections, and continue our quality programming.
We are a 501(c)(3 ) nonprofit organization, and
Your donations to the Columbia County Historical Society are fully tax deductible.
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Dear Friends 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 as we begin our Centennial Celebration in 2016 !
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 all over the nation.
Last year, in 2014, we celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of CCHS’s acquisition of the National Historic Landmark 'Luykas Van Alen House' (acquired in 1964). This small house was called 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. 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. In addition, the Van Alen house hosts hundreds of fourth grade students each year who learn about our Dutch heritage.
At a time when public and private grants are fewer and more competitive, individual generosity of our members and friends is vitally important. Your support has helped establish us as a cultural anchor in the county. Your tax-deductible gift to the Columbia County Historical Society endorses the valuable work we do.
During this 2015 Annual Appeal, we ask you to give as generously as you can, and spread the word about the Columbia County Historical Society.
Thank you for your consideration,
Jim Guidera, President
Lori Yarotsky, Executive Director