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Columbia County Historical Society Drive Through History

The Columbia County Historical Society (CCHS) presents Drive Through History. Get out and explore the historic beauty of Columbia County with new self-guided road trips.

There’s so much fascinating history and heritage around Columbia County, and traces of the past may be found down every state highway and country road. While our museums are temporarily closed, let CCHS be your guide for these scenic road trips to explore everything from local legends to our most significant political, educational and religious sites. CCHS will be unveiling more road trips throughout the summer and fall, so check back here or subscribe to the email newsletter to stay up to date.

Download the maps at https://www.cchsny.org/drive-through-history.html, and be sure to tag @CCHS_NY and use the hashtag #DriveThroughHistory as you make your way around the County!

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Columbia County Historical Society – Two-Part Lecture on East Coast Lighthouses

 

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The Columbia County Historical Society and Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Preservation Society present a two part lecture series, on East Coast Lighthouses by Lighthouse Historian and Enthusiast, Bob Taylor.

Expert Lighthouse Historian Bob Taylor will deliver an illustrated slide show of Lighthouses along the Hudson River, beginning with the Statue of Liberty and continuing up the Hudson River to Lake Champlain.

In Lecture I, “Lighthouses of the Hudson”, Taylor will deliver an overview of current and former lighthouses along the Hudson River, including: Statue of Liberty, Little Red Lighthouse, Esopus Lighthouse, Saugerties Lighthouse, Hudson-Athens Lighthouse and others.

In Lecture II, “Lighthouse Tools & Machinery, and the Other East Coast Lighthouses: Icon of Maine”, Taylor will discuss early Lighthouse Tools and Machinery, and contrast to 21st century digital lighting and navigational technology. He will also provide a photographic tour of existing lighthouses on the North East Coast, ending with the coast of Maine.
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The lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer conversation. Post-lecture, there will be a glass of wine or other beverage down the street at the CCHS Museum & Library.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Bob Taylor’s involvement with the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Preservation Society (HALPS) goes back to 2002 and his hobby for more than two decades has been visiting, climbing and photographing lighthouses. He has traveled throughout the United States including the Great Lakes, as well as Canada, Puerto Rico and abroad looking at lighthouses and photographing them, most often on group tours. To-date he has photographed more than 1,200 lighthouses.

DATE/TIME: Saturday, February 15th, February 22, 2020 / 4 – 6pm

ADMISSION: $15 in advance
$15 for CCHS and Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Preservation Society members
$20 for non-members (at door)

For advance tickets, visit www.cchsny.org/lighthouses-of-the-hudson.html

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

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Columbia County Historical Society Free Lecture, “Steamboat Days on the Hudson River”, Nov 20

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The Columbia County Historical Society presents a Free Lecture – “Steamboat Days on the Hudson River” with Captain Stanley Wilcox, on Wednesday, November 20.

In those (Steamboat) days, it was a special occasion to take the eight hour trip from New York City to Albany on a magnificent vessel adorned with chandeliers, oil paintings, and brass rails.

Multi-level, three and four hundred foot long vessels churned up the Hudson River at nearly twenty miles an hour with paddle wheels slapping, steam billowing from their stacks, with thousands of people gathering at the rails to view the passing scenery. While these grand boats have long since vanished from the Hudson, they epitomized an era that for many made the Hudson River the center of the universe.

A story filled with greed, frustration, and courtroom drama may be found between the first steamboat’s appearance on the Hudson to the era of grand and opulent vessels. It began with the New York Legislature granting Robert Livingston a 30-year steamboat monopoly and ended with a decision from the US Supreme Court argued by none other than Daniel Webster.

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U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Master 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:
Wednesday, November 20, 2019: 7pm – 9pm

ADMISSION:
Free and Open to the Public

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

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Columbia County Historical Society Awarded a Preserve New York Grant

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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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