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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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Columbia County Historical Society Lecture, “The Impact of Railroads on the Village of Chatham”, Apr 9

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As the Village of Chatham celebrates its 150th birthday this year, the Columbia County Historical Society (CCHS) Volunteers present “The Impact of Railroads on the Village of Chatham,” an illustrated lecture by Chatham Village Historian, Gail Blass Wolczanski on Tuesday.

Join Chatham Village Historian Gail Class Wolczanski in an illustrated lecture on why commerce, industry, and people were drawn to Chatham and its role as a railroad center in the region.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Gail Blass Wolczanski is a native of Chatham who was appointed Chatham Village Historian in 2006 upon retiring from 33 years of teaching. Her 2009 book about the village is titled “Around the Village of Chatham,” which was published as part of the “Images of America” series from Arcadia Publishing. For the past 12 years, Wolczanksi has been President of the Chatham Village Historical Society, whose mission it is to save village history and display it in a 1814 farmhouse for which they are raising money to restore. Wolczanski also works with the school district giving tours and acting as a resource for local history projects, in addition to fulfilling requests across the country for village information. Over a decade, her column “Historical Ramblings” in the Chatham Courier offered glimpses into events and people that made village history.

As the Village of Chatham is celebrating its 150th year, Wolczanski’s latest project is making it a memorable one for the community, who prioritized wanting a commemorative history book to honor its birthday. Wolczanski has worked on a colorful photographic history in the sequence of a walking tour, which has been very well received.

Building on her family history in Chatham with the research garnered from her newspaper columns and both the 2009 and 2019 publications, Wolczanski has considerable knowledge about her hometown that she enjoys sharing with those interested.

CCHS VOLUNTEERS
Prior to the lecture, which is open to the public, the CCHS Volunteers will hold a regular meeting at 6:30pm. Anyone interested in volunteering is welcome to attend the meeting and can check the CCHS Volunteer Lecture webpage – www.cchsny.org/volunteer. New volunteers are always welcome and training is provided. Volunteer opportunities exist in many CCHS operations, including at the c. 1819 James Vanderpoel House, the 1737 Luykas Van Allen House, the c. 1850 Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse, and the CCHS Museum & Library. The volunteers meet on a regular basis to discuss projects and other opportunities to support the organization.

DATE/TIMETuesday, April 9, 2019 / 7pm – 8:30pm

LOCATION:
Van Buren Hall
6 Chatham St.,
Kinderhook, NY 12106

ADMISSION: Free

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Columbia County Historical Society Lecture, “Tales of the Majestic Hudson: Rare and Little Known Stories of the Hudson River Valley”, Mar 12

The Columbia County Historical Society presents a Free Lecture – “Tales of the Majestic Hudson: Rare and Little Known Stories of the Hudson River Valley” with U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Master Capt. Stanley Wilcox.

The Hudson River Valley begins above Albany and winds south for 150 miles to the New York Harbor, where it flows into the Atlantic Ocean. We know from archeological findings that the Valley has been inhabited for over 10,000 years. During this time prehistoric man, Native Americans, Dutch settlers, British forces, and American revolutionaries all left footprints, stories, and legends in the Hudson Valley.
Many of these stories regarding the Hudson Valley of today have been lost in time. Captain Wilcox brings these stories to us:

● How a glacier transformed the Hudson into an estuary.
● Henry Hudson’s fate following his four voyages of exploration.
● The Dutch system of navigation.
● A Hudson River brick industry with over 130 brickyards.
● Why Rip Van Winkle was a happy man after his 20 year sleep.
● How to get from New York City to Albany in 1800.
● What actually did happen to the Mohicans?
● Who paid for New York City’s world-renowned Eiffel Tower?
● How Mount Merino was named.
● The amazing ice industry.
● What Troy housewife’s invention led to the development of an industry that employed thousands?
● How did two maiden sisters come to be the only civilians buried with full military honors at West Point?
● Whatever possessed Yankee Doodle to stick a feather in his cap and call it, of all things, “macaroni?”
● Capt. Wilcox will share anecdotes and stories about 120 of the Hudson Valley’s communities, islands, lighthouses, power plants, and mansions.

unnamedABOUT THE SPEAKER
Capt. Stanley Wilcox holds a Coast Guard Master’s license and has served as Senior Captain on the Spirit of Hudson for the past 12 years. He is co-author of Capt Stan’s Hudson River Book, with foreword by Riverkeeper. The book, now in its fourth edition, has stories and history on more than 120 sites along the Hudson River, with 200+ color photos. The Albany Times Union review described it as “..a beautiful book”.
Capt Stan has taught “Hudson River Boating and Seamanship” for many years at Columbia-Greene Community College, and has been guest speaker on American Cruise Lines.

DATE/TIME:
Tuesday, March 12th, 2019: 7pm – 8:30pm

LOCATION:
Van Buren Hall
6 Chatham St.,
Kinderhook, NY 12106

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“Columbia County Portraits” Part 2 of an Illustrated Lecture by Art Historian & Appraiser, Gayle Skluzacek, Feb 9

nyportraitswglobes_6The Columbia County Historical Society presents “Columbia County Portraits” An Illustrated Lecture by Art Historian and appraiser, Gayle Skluzacek.

This is the 2nd of a two part lecture series, and will explore Columbia County portraiture, focusing on paintings from the Permanent Collection of the Columbia County Historical Society. Ms. Skluzacek is a classically educated art historian and appraiser. After working in curatorial, research, and public relations at the Minneapolis Institute of Fine Arts, the Chicago Art Institute, the Oriental Institute, and the Carnegie Institute, she began appraising in 1981. She has catalogued important collections, estates, and archives, identified lost masterpieces, served as an art/personal property expert in court cases, and has worked closely with major museums in their art acquisition programs.

Ms. Skluzacek served on the Board of Directors of the Appraisers Association of America and served as President, 2000-2002. She was presented with the Director’s Award for her services in 2015.

Since 1995 Ms. Skluzacek has been on the faculty of FIT’s Graduate School, teaching appraisal classes. She has also been on the faculty of NYU since 1992, where she teaches classes on appraising, American Art, connoisseurship, wine, and ethics. She teaches appraisal ethics to auction house experts throughout the country, including Sotheby’s, Phillips, Skinner, Doyle, Freeman’s, Bonham’s, and Heritage. In 2001 she was invited by the Cuban government to teach a course on appraisal ethics in Havana. Recently she was appointed as fine art expert to a NY committee for the restoration of public murals.

DATE/TIME:
SaturdayFebruary 92019: 4:30pm – 6:30pm

TICKETS:
Advance Tickets $15
At the Door:
$15 Members (CCHS)
$ 20 Non-Members

Tickets can be purchased online at www.cchsny.org/lecturenyamericanportraits.html

LOCATION:
Van Buren Hall
6 Chatham Street,
Kinderhook, NY 12106

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FREE Lecture: “Oil Tank Safety in Historic Properties”, Jan 26

The Columbia County Historical Society, and Historic Committee for the Town of Kinderhook is holding a free lecture on Oil Tank Safety in Historic Properties.

This lecture will be important to you if your oil tank is more than 15 years old; if you own an historic property, are planning to sell or buy a property; or are thinking of replacing your older tank. There is no way to predict if or when an oil tank will fail. Both aboveground and underground tanks have the potential for a costly environmental condition.
Oil tanks will leak with age or when exposed to the elements. Buried tanks that are not ‘to code’ can present the potential for a costly environmental condition.
Learn what to look for if your tank is a potential candidate for replacement, before it becomes an environmental hazard. Learn how to go about the process of oil tank abandonment if your tank has leaked or is buried. Logical and responsible choices in new oil tanks will also be discussed.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Toni Hokanson, Director of Marketing and Training for C2G Environmental Consultants in New Paltz will explain the life span of oil tanks, options for abandonment or removal as well as new tank options.
Fire Safety is important throughout the year and especially during the winter when fireplaces and wood stoves are in use.
Cailey Nieto, Public Health Technician, with the Columbia County Department of Health, will also make a brief presentation about fire extinguishers and what we should know about them and where to have them filled or checked.

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DATE/TIME:
Saturday, January 26th, 2019: 1:30 – 2:30pm

LOCATION:
Martin H. Glynn Municipal Building (Meeting Room)
3211 Church Street,
Valatie, NY 12184

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