Tag: History

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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Friends of the Hudson Area Library Book & Bake Sale, Sep 7 & 8

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The Friends of the Hudson Area Library are hosting a Book and Bake Sale in the Community Room of the library this Saturday and Sunday.

Lots of new donations of new and gently used books. CDs, and DVDs. There will also be homemade treats and desserts for sale during this event. (Bakers’ Drop off for treats and baked goods will be Friday, September 6, 2019 from 9-5 and Saturday, September 7 from 10-12 at the Library.) 

So come out and support the library, get that unique book you’ve been looking for and didn’t know it, enjoy a baked good, and support the Hudson Area Library!

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library supports library collections and programming. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Friends, and enhance contributions to the Hudson Area Library.

DATES/TIMES:
Saturday, September 7, 2019, 10am – 3pm
Sunday, September 8, 2019, 1 – 3:30pm

LOCATION:
Hudson Area Library
51 N. 5th St. (at State St.)
Hudson, NY 12534

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For more information email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

 

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Cleremont Historic Site’s Old-Fashioned Independence Day, Jul 4


Cleremont State Historic Site presents an Old-Fashioned Independence Day celebration. 18th century crafts, Re-enactors, music and entertainment. Later, enjoy live music and delicious hot food until you’re able to enjoy a view of the Saugerties Fireworks over the Hudson River.

DATE/TIME:
Thursday, July 4, 2019 / 2pm – 10pm

LOCATION:
Clermont State Historic Site
One Clermont Ave.
Germantown, NY

COST:
$12 per car / Friends of Clermont $10

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Hudson Area Library: Gallery Hop, Jun 21

The Hudson Area Library is introducing a series of visits to art galleries in Hudson. The first Gallery Hop is to the Tom Swope Gallery on Warren Street. At this gallery, visitors will be transported back to ancient times in China, Egypt, Greece, Rome and Mesoamerica as Tom Swope guides you through his amazing collection.

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Why visit an art gallery? To begin, art is just plain fun, while teaching and revealing who we are to ourselves. Art is also a form of meditation and time to commune with creativity. Nothing carries you away and clears your mind like a visit to a museum or art gallery.

Tom Swope Gallery deals in Antiquities from around the world; some Greek and Roman, Ancient Egyptian, pre-Columbian and Chinese Archaic jades and early Buddhist sculptures. While the range is broad, all the objects are carefully chosen for their beauty, authenticity, and all tell us about our common past. The gallery currently shows a lot of early Chinese Buddhist sculpture from the 6th to 8th Century A.D., and archaic Chinese jades from the Neolithic period to the Han Dynasty.

Always interested in ancient art since being exposed to the Greek myths as a child, Swope then went on to Harvard College where he studied ancient art as a Fine Arts Major. After college, he worked for the distinguished antiquities dealer, Matthias Komor just before he retired in 1982 – 1984. After dealing with antiquities for several years in the city, while working with many contemporary artists, he moved upstate and continued his love affair with antiquities in Hudson.

Attendees will meet at the library and there will be transportation to the gallery as well as the opportunity to walk over. Attendees can return to the library afterward for lunch and discussion.

DATE/TIME:
Friday, June 21, 2019 / 1pm – 3pm

LOCATION:
Hudson Area Library
51 N. 5th St. (at State St.)
Hudson, NY 12534

ADMISSION:
Registration is required and space is limited. Please call the library at 518-828-1792 x101.

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History Talk at Hudson Area Library: ‘Architectural Roots of New England Houses’, Jun 13

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Photo Credit: Ian Stewart

The Hudson Area Library, in collaboration with the Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History & the Gotham Center for New York City History, presents: A Truly American Form: Anglo Dutch Houses, Their Roots, Form, and Legacy by Ian Stewart. In the former New Netherland a new house form arose in the latter years of the 18th century and became a common sight in New England in the first half of the 19th century.

This talk focuses on the framing of these houses and their various forms, as well as a brief discussion of their English and Dutch predecessors, and the circumstances which may have led to the creation of this hybrid. 

Ian Stewart is owner of New Netherland Timber Framing and Preservation, past president of the Board of Directors of the Preservation Trades Network, and a member of the Timber Framer’s Guild. He received a Master’s degree in Preservation Studies from Boston University’s School of American and New England Studies. His woodworking career began at SUNY New Paltz and, later, as a restoration craftsman at Historic Huguenot Street in New Paltz, New York. He is involved in preserving historic traditions in woodworking, timber framing, blacksmithing, and masonry skills. He received the New Netherland Institute’s Alice P. Kenney Award in 2018.

DATE/TIME:
Thursday, June 13, 2019 / 6 – 7:30pm

LOCATION:
Hudson Area Library
51 N. 5th St. (at State St.)
Hudson, NY 12534

ADMISSION:
Free. All are welcome.

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