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 for children and adults.
We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and your donations to the Columbia County Historical Society are fully tax-deductible.
Columbia County Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) cultural education organization founded in 1916 and chartered by the NYS Department of Education Board of Regents to collect, preserve, interpret and present the history, heritage and culture of Columbia County, New York, for its residents and visitors. CCHS serves residents of all eighteen towns and the City of Hudson.
In addition to a research library and a permanent collection of more than 15,000 objects, CCHS owns and maintains the Columbia County Historical Society Museum & Library and three additional historic properties: the National Historic Landmark Luykas Van Alen House (1737); James Vanderpoel ‘House of History’ (c.1820); and Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse (c.1850).
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:
Your support has helped establish us as a cultural anchor in the county. Thank you!
Thank you for your past and continued support of the Columbia County Historical Society, especially during these historic times.
We are proud to be the largest historic organization in the County, serving residents of all eighteen Columbia County towns and the City of Hudson. For more than a century, thousands of people throughout our community and beyond have studied in our research library and enjoyed our historic properties, exhibitions and educational programs. Members and many others enjoy our magazine, Columbia County History & Heritage.
We are all ancestors of the future!
Over the past nineteen months we have adapted to meet this global pandemic era. Residents, both new and old, and visitors have embraced our free Drive Through History self-guided road trips. Beginning this month, our new permanent outdoor narrative panels exhibit will entertain and educate. County fourth-graders will once again attend a ‘Day of History’ at our Rural Properties, to learn about our area’s heritage outdoors among our Cultural Legacy outdoor exhibit at our rural properties on 9-H. Also on 9-H, our Dutch Farming Heritage trail is open to visitors year-round. Newcomers to the County can discover the history of their houses with the aid of our research staff, still working behind the scenes, with by-appointment research visits now available.
We are now welcoming advance-appointment visitors to our historic village properties: the c.1820 James Vanderpoel ‘House of History,” and CCHS Museum & Library. We have continued to install new exhibits now opening in several galleries and I urge you to make an appointment to view them in the coming weeks. In 2022 we hope to also open our rural propertiers: the 1737 Luykas Van Alen House and c.1850 Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse.
It is thanks to you that we have been able to continue our mission to collect, preserve, interpret and present the history, heritage and culture of Columbia County. More than eighty percent of our operating income is created by memberships and individual gifts from donors and members like you. While our mission is great, so is our challenge. Individual generosity is vitally important, especially so in this time of more competitive public and private grants. As a non-governmental non-profit, CCHS raises its operations budget each year.
For these reasons, we hope that you will give as generously as you can to our 2021 Annual Appeal. Any amount is deeply appreciated. CCHS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, and your 100% tax-deductible gift makes an essential contribution to our annual operating expense. If you work for a company with a Matching Gift Program, your donation can be multiplied. To donate via credit card, visit https://bit.ly/CCHS_DONATE
Your passion and support has helped establish us as a cultural anchor in the County, and your gift to the Columbia County Historical Society validates the work we are doing. Thank you for being part of our community.