Category: History

Columbia County Historical Society Awarded a Preserve New York Grant

Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse

The Columbia County Historical Society (CCHS) is one of this year’s Preserve New York (PNY) grantees. Their grant of $10,000 will allow the CCHS to work with Walter Wheeler of Hartgen Archaeological Associates to complete a Historic Structure Report (HSR) of the Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse in Kinderhook.

The HSR project will assess the current condition of the building, make recommendations for repair and restoration and serve as a guiding document for continued interpretive use and future preservation. The schoolhouse is not currently listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places, and the Historical Society hopes that the research provided through the HSR process will create a strong case for a future nomination.

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The Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse was initially constructed in 1850 at the intersection of Route 9H and Fisher Road as the District #6 Schoolhouse for the town of Kinderhook. Although the structure was moved just 200 yards from its original location in 1974, it remains an excellent and intact example of a rural, one-room schoolhouse with a gable roof, clapboard siding, and a single pent-roofed entrance.

Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse Interior.jpgThe interior consists of a large classroom with two adjacent cloakrooms – one for boys, and one for girls. The building was never modified to have heat or hot water and still retains its original 1929 wood burning stove, wood flooring, chalkboards, and double-hung sash windows. Several condition issues are present that must be addressed in the near future: the condition of the metal roof and the stability of the structure, as the building still rests on the steel girders that were used to move it in the 1970s.

“We are thrilled the Preservation League of New York has endorsed our commitment to the Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse with this grant.” said CCHS Executive Director, Lori Yarotsky, “The iconic literary character is an important part of Columbia County heritage and we want to preserve its namesake schoolhouse–including its architecture–for future generations and visitors. Thanks again to the Preservation League for their recognition and support.”

“NYSCA is proud to support the vitality and character of our communities through our Preserve New York partnership, which provides key resources to historic sites, buildings, and cultural centers statewide and underscores the importance of architecture and landscape design in community revitalization and economic development,” said NYSCA Executive Director Mara Manus.

“Thanks to the League’s record of making effective preservation grants through Preserve New York and TAG, our program partner, the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), has increased regrant funding significantly over the past several years,” said Erin Tobin, Vice President for Policy and Preservation and the Preservation League, “At the same time, in response to growing demand, the League has successfully lined up additional support to leverage NYSCA funding and League resources. NYSCA and the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation make these grants possible through their program partnership and financial support.”

The 2019 PNY grant cycle was the most competitive in the program’s 26-year history. An independent jury met in June to review over 70 applications. After two days of deliberations, $262,498 was awarded to 31 projects across 25 counties.
Preserve New York is a regrant partnership between the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the Preservation League of NYS. PNY enables the Preservation League to support projects in all of New York’s 62 counties.

The Preserve New York grant program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation has provided additional support for projects in Nassau, Suffolk and Bronx Counties.

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Happy Labor Day

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Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws, and well-being of the country. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend and it is considered the unofficial end of summer in the United States. It is recognized as a federal holiday.

Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor. “Labor Day” was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, which organized the first parade in New York City. In 1887, Oregon was the first state of the United States to make it an official public holiday. By the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894, thirty states in the United States officially celebrated Labor Day.

According to one early history of Labor Day, the event originated in connection with a General Assembly of the Knights of Labor convened in New York City in September 1882. In connection with this clandestine Knights assembly, a public parade of various labor organizations was held on September 5 under the auspices of the Central Labor Union (CLU) of New York. Secretary of the CLU Matthew Maguire is credited for first proposing that a national Labor Day holiday subsequently be held on the first Monday of each September in the aftermath of this successful public demonstration.

An alternative thesis is maintained that the idea of Labor Day was the brainchild of Peter J. McGuire, a vice president of the American Federation of Labor, who put forward the initial proposal in the spring of 1882. According to McGuire, on May 8, 1882, he made a proposition to the fledgling Central Labor Union in New York City that a day be set aside for a “general holiday for the laboring classes”. According to McGuire he further recommended that the event should begin with a street parade as a public demonstration of organized labor’s solidarity and strength, with the march followed by a picnic, to which participating local unions could sell tickets as a fundraiser. According to McGuire he suggested the first Monday in September as an ideal date for such a public celebration, owing to optimum weather and the date’s place on the calendar, sitting midway between the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving public holidays

 

 

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Open House & Dedication of The Mills at Green Hole, Jul 27

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This Saturday, there will be an Open House & Dedication of a new historical marker of the Mills at Green Hole.

Step back in time & visit a historic 1700’s water-powered mill complex – including a saw mill, cider mill, blacksmith and woodworking shop – all powered by the on-site stream & Waterfalls!

The Mills at Green Hole are a fully operational small complex of historic water mills set amidst the beauty of the iconic Hudson Valley, 2 miles South of The Village of Philmont, New York. The mills are currently home to a water powered sawmill, cider mill, woodworking shop and blacksmith/machine shop.

DATE/TIME:
Saturday, January 19, 2019 / 4pm

LOCATION:
The Mills at Green Hole
2136 County Route 11
Hillsdale, NY 12529

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Kinderhook History Walk Series: ‘Changes of the 20th Century’, Jul 25

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The Kinderhook Memorial Library continues it’s History Walk series with ‘Changes of the 20th Century’. Like many rural villages, throughout the 1900’s, Kinderhook went through cycles of gaining and losing population. Using Ralph Duck’s seminal book, Kinderhook and Its People, as a partial reference point, Historians Sally and Bruce Naramore will discuss some of the many changes that took place in the Village during the 20th Century.

DATE/TIME:
Thursday, July 25, 2019 / 6pm

LOCATION:
Kinderhook Memorial Library
18 Hudson Street
Kinderhook, NY 12106 

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Kinderhook History Walk, Jul 18

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The Kinderhook Memorial Library presents it’s next History Walk in their series. This walk will focus on Martin Van Buren.

To present day, Martin Van Buren is still our only president to speak English as a second language. With the guidance of staff from the Martin Van Buren national Historic Site, the walk will explore Van Buren’s Dutch heritage. This event is part of the Dutch Heritage Week, which is taking place July 12-19, in the Village of Kinderhook.

DATE/TIME:
Thursday, July 18, 2019 / 6pm

LOCATION:
Kinderhook Memorial Library
18 Hudson Street
Kinderhook, NY 12106 

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