The Columbia County Historical Society (CCHS) has announced a new permanent outdoor exhibit featuring eight narrative panels set along the treeline of its rural properties on Roue 9-H: the c.1850 Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse and the 1737 Luykas Van Alen House located at 2589 Route NY-9H in the Town of Kinderhook. [Read more…] about Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse & Luykas Van Alen House Get Interpretive Panels
Martin Van Buren was born on December 5, 1782, in a modest family tavern in Kinderhook and returned to the town following his one term as president in 1841. He spent the next twenty years as a political candidate, an innovative farmer, and an engaged community member.
Martin Van Buren National Historic Site, the Friends of Lindenwald, and the Village of Kinderhook have invited the public to participate in the annual observance of Martin Van Buren’s birthday on Sunday, December 5th. [Read more…] about Martin Van Buren: A Commemoration in Kinderhook
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The new book The Livingston Lion: Henry Beekman Livingston’s Revolution (Epigraph, 2021) by historian Geoff Benton is the first biography of Revolutionary War soldier Henry Beekman Livingston. [Read more…] about A New Biography of Henry Beekman Livingston
The Columbia County Historical Society (CCHS) has entered into a partnership with the new Preservation Carpentry Certification course at Columbia-Greene Community College (CGCC) to complete a restoration project at the James Vanderpoel “House of History,” located at 16 Broad Street in Kinderhook. [Read more…] about Community College Partners In Columbia County Restoration Project
This award is given annually by Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site to a woman who has made a contribution to the history of the Hudson Valley through education, promotion, or preservation. The honor was inspired by Martha Washington, an outstanding woman in history who resided in the Hudson Valley with her husband, General George Washington, during the last days of the Revolutionary War. [Read more…] about Kinderhook’s Ruth Piwonka Receives Woman of History Award
Historian and preservationist Ruth Piwonka is this year’s recipient of the Martha Washington Woman of History Award. This award is given by Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site each year to a woman who has made a contribution to the history of the Hudson Valley through education, promotion, or preservation. The honor was inspired by Martha Washington, who resided in the Hudson Valley with her husband, General George Washington, during the last days of the Revolutionary War. [Read more…] about Kinderhook Historian Named 2020 Woman of History
Inhabited by the Mohicans before Europeans arrived (before 1651), Kinderhook, in Columbia County, NY, has an intriguing historical past.
Lisa LaMonica’s new book Kinderhook: Images of America (Arcadia Publishing, 2019), which is set to publish in August 2019, looks at one of the oldest towns in New York State and its significance to our nation’s history and culture. [Read more…] about New Book Of Kinderhook History
U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Master Capt. Stanley Wilcox is set to speak in a program entitled “Tales of the Majestic Hudson: Rare and Little Known Stories of the Hudson River Valley” in Kinderhook, Columbia County, NY.
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. Native Americans, Dutch settlers, British forces, and American revolutionaries all left footprints, stories, and legends in the Hudson Valley. [Read more…] about Hudson River Capt Telling History Stories in Kinderhook
The Columbia County Historical Society (CCHS) has announced an illustrated lecture, “Early American Portraits,” led by Gayle Skluzacek, set for Saturday, January 19th, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm, at Van Buren Hall in Kinderhook.
Early American and Columbia County Portrait Paintings are the theme of this two-part Winter Lecture Series. The first lecture will explore Early American portraiture, focusing on the East Coast, including Philadelphia, New York and Boston. Post-lecture, all attendees are invited to the James Vanderpoel ‘House of History’ for wine or other beverages. [Read more…] about Early American Portraits Lecture Planned In Kinderhook
Columbia County Historical Society Volunteers are set to present “200 Hundred Years of Ghent-ness” a free, illustrated lecture by Ghent Historian, Gregg Berninger, on Tuesday, November 20th at 7 pm at Van Buren Hall in Kinderhook Village.
In 1818, the town of Ghent was founded from parts of the towns of Chatham, Claverack and Kinderhook. 2018 marks Ghent’s bicentennial and the publication of Berninger’s Ghent 1818-2018: A History of Our Own. [Read more…] about Lecture Planned On Town of Ghent’s Bicentennial