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.
We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and your donations to the Columbia County Historical Society are fully tax-deductible.
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! The Columbia County Historical Society engages our community in so 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 with our magazine Columbia County History & Heritage.
Serving residents of all eighteen Columbia County towns and the City of Hudson, CCHS collects, preserves, interprets and presents the history, heritage, and culture of Columbia County, New York. Your continued support allows us to provide educational programming and diverse exhibitions that enrich and enlighten our contemporary life.
County fourth-graders attend a ‘Day of History’ to learn hands-on about upstate New York’s rich heritage; members and visitors enjoy tours and events at our four historic properties; newcomers to the County discover the history of their houses. Authors, researchers, and hobbyists discover the rich legacy of Columbia County. Our research library is open year-round, as are our museum galleries, the Vanderpoel House, and our Dutch Heritage Farming Trail on 9H. And during the visitor season, all four properties are open to the public four days per week.
More than two-thirds--seventy-percent—of our income is created by individual gifts from donors and members like you. While our mission is great, importantly, so is our challenge. Individual generosity of our members and friends is vitally important, especially so in this time of fewer and more competitive public and private grants. As a non-governmental non-profit, CCHS receives no operations funding from the state, nor any federal funds. Your passion and support has helped establish us as a cultural anchor in the County. Your gift to the Columbia County Historical Society validates the work we are doing. Thank you!
For more than one hundred years, thousands of people from all across Columbia County and beyond have enjoyed our exhibitions and education programs and studied in our research library. New homeowners in the county trace the history of their property in our library, children learn 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 c.1850 'Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse' is recognized by the New York Folklore Society as a place of Legend, with an historical 'legends' marker by the Folklore Society, and corresponding grant from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation. This year, The Preservation League of New York also recognized the Schoolhouse with an important Preserve New York Grant to fund an Historic Structure Report for the Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse.
Our 1737 'Luykas Van Alen House' was described 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 upstate New York farm. With a generous grant from the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation, we have augmented this special house with an exhibition of Van Alen Homestead archaeology. Yet more plans will be implemented with your help!
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.
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, and we look forward to seeing you during our 2020 programming.