The Columbia County Historical Society (CCHS) will host historians and genealogists, art historians, photographers, and authors during its 2022 Winter Lecture Series held via Zoom over seven Saturdays beginning January 29th through May 21st.
These lectures will explore the rich and diverse history, culture and heritage of Columbia County and New York’s Hudson Valley, from the mouth of the Hudson River through all of the original Dutch colony of New Netherland.
Speakers include: Victoria Jimpson-Fludd and Lisa Fludd-Smith-Genealogists; Pieter Estersohn, author/photographer; David Sokosh, photographer; Lisa Weilbacker, Curator; Gayle Skluzacek, art historian and appraiser; Dr. Gary Darden, historian; and Dr. Andrea Mosterman, historian and author.
The series will kick off on Saturday January 29th with African American researchers/genealogists Vicki Jimpson Fludd & Leigh Fludd-Smith, who will discuss the History of Blacks in the Hudson Valley; Dutch and English slavery; enslaved populations here through the years; and how the northern Black experience and history differs from usual classroom narratives. The researchers’ personal genealogy includes family names such as Whitbeck, Van Alen, Van Ness, Gardener, Leggett etc. The team will also outline their practices and resources for African American genealogical research.
Photo of Marienruh outside Rhinebeck by Pieter Estersohn.