Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Columbia County Historical Society

  • Kinderhook, NY
  • http://www.cchsny.org/

Mission Statement

Founded in 1916, the Columbia County Historical Society Museum & Library collects, preserves, and interprets the history, heritage, and culture of Columbia County, New York, and serves residents of all eighteen towns and the city of Hudson.

A vital community resource, our collections include important and unique genealogical materials, archives, paintings, textiles, furniture and decorative arts relating to Columbia County's heritage.

We teach school children about Columbia County's rich heritage, we help new residents trace the histories of their properties, and those living elsewhere rediscover their Columbia County roots. We serve residents of all eighteen towns, the city of Hudson, and visitors from all over the nation.

The Columbia County Historical Society Library holds volumes on Columbia County and New York State history, genealogy, architecture, and decorative arts as well as manuscripts and photographs. In this archive are books, maps, architectural drawings, diaries, scrap books, personal correspondence, broadsides, business records, pamphlets, programs, ephemera, photographic prints, glass and film negatives, cased images, and albums.

In recent years, CCHS has sustained a range of programs: our award-winning magazine 'Columbia County History & Heritage'; recurring lecture series; annual field-trips for all county fourth-graders; and exhibitions in the museum galleries.

Main Programs

  1. School Groups
  2. Archaeological
  3. Dutch Fact and Fiction
  4. From Garden to Table
  5. Nelson Rockefeller - County Memories
  6. Luykas Van Alen House
  7. Exhibitions
  8. Columbia County History & Heritage Magazine
Service Areas

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National

Founded in 1916, the Columbia County Historical Society Museum & Library
collects, preserves, and interprets the history, heritage, and culture of Columbia County, New York, and serves residents of all eighteen towns and the city of Hudson.

Our important research library contains world-wide genealogy records, with an emphasis on the Dutch who settled New York.

ruling year

1955

Executive Director since 2015

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Lori Yarotsky

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Keywords

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#History #education # Culture # Genealogical Research

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Also Known As

CCHS

EIN

14-6021853

 Number

1451927321

Physical Address

5 Albany Avenue PO Box 311

Kinderhook, NY 12106 0311

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

History Museums (A54)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Single Organization Support (W11)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Education programs for adults, schooltrips for children, public tours and exhibits at all four historic properties and our award-winning magazine, Columbia County History & Heritage together present a centennial accomplishment and describe 100 years of results.

For one hundred years, thousands of people from all across Columbia County and beyond have enjoyed our exhibitions and education programs.

Our research library holds important and unique genealogical materials and hundreds of maps, photographs, and other archival material. From helping new homeowners in the county trace the history of their property, to teaching children about the special cultural history of upstate New York; we serve residents of all eighteen towns, the city of Hudson, and visitors from all over the nation.

Programs

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Program 1

School Groups

In the spring and fall hundreds of Columbia County’s fourth graders visit the Luykas Van Alen House and participate in new hands-on (and bilingual) activities based on Dutch architecture and landscape. Students learn to identify vletchegen on a Dutch home and the purpose of murrankers.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

Program 2

Archaeological

“Walk, Talk, and Explore,” the final event celebrating fifty years of CCHS ownership of the landmark Van Alen House included a special tour of the property with archeologist and principal investigator Matthew Kirk of
Hartgen Archeological Associates.

Visitors toured former archeological sites on the property, followed by a presentation and hands-on opportunity to inspect artifacts from digs conducted in 1998 and 2003.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

25,000

Program 3

Dutch Fact and Fiction

The New York Council for the Humanities helped to sponsor two guest lecturers for the 'Dutch Fact and Fiction' Summer Lecture Series. Jaap Jacobs, a scholar from Holland, spoke in July on the Hudson River and New Netherland colony.

In August, popular biographer Brian Jay Jones discussed the life of Washington Irving, author of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$500.00

Program 4

From Garden to Table

In collaboration with the New York Council for the Humanities and made possible through its Speakers in the Humanities program, and with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, this revealing lecture by Peter G. Rose was followed by a Traditional Dutch Dinner in the historic Vanderpoel House using recipes from historically based cookbooks. The lecture explored in detail a particular 17th-century Dutch gardening- and cookbook, and helped those who attended to understand the kitchen gardens of early Dutch settlers
of the Hudson Valley, as well as the colonial diet and nutrition.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$1,500.00

Program 5

Nelson Rockefeller - County Memories

For a large and enthusiastic audience, in November CCHS presented a panel of four of former Governor Rockefeller’s closest associates, as well as Charles Holcomb, author of the memoir, 'Oreos and Dubonnet'.

As Columbia County was first among the state’s counties to endorse Rockefeller’s candidacy, this very personal look-back was especially appropriate.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$2,500.00

Program 6

Luykas Van Alen House

In 1964, the Columbia County Historical Society acquired a simple brick building a few miles from the center of Kinderhook village. The small house was built by Luykas Van Alen in 1737 and is exemplary of a style of vernacular architecture specific to the Hudson Valley.

For this reason, it was granted National Historic Landmark status on Christmas Eve, 1967. There are only 261 National Historic Landmarks in New York State, and the Van Alen House is one of ten designations connected to Dutch New York culture and heritage.

CCHS has been honored to take care of the Luykas Van Alen House for the past half century of its long life. Appropriately 2014 has been a year to celebrate this important property, and to reflect on our responsibilities to ensure its future well into a fourth century.

Long may it stimulate the imaginations of both the young and the old!

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

Program 7

Exhibitions

Exhibitions feature the history and culture of Columbia County, New York, through objects and archives.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Program 8

Columbia County History & Heritage Magazine

Scholarly magazine published biannually by the CCHS on the history and culture of Columbia County, New York.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$7,500.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Founded in 1916, the Columbia County Historical Society Museum & Library
collects, preserves, and interprets the history, heritage, and culture of Columbia County, New York, and serves residents of all eighteen towns and the city of Hudson.

Our important research library contains world-wide genealogy records, with an emphasis on the Dutch who settled New York.

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Columbia County Historical Society Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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Executive Director

Lori Yarotsky

BIO


Lori Yarotsky was hired by the board of trustees after a three-month search following the July resignation of the former Executive Director.

Ms. Yarotsky's professional career has been in the for-profit fine art world holding positions as gallery director, specialist, educator, private advisor, and several related positions including a stint as global marketing director for the online startup, artnet auctions.

Along the way she has regularly involved herself in non-profit organizations leading fund-raising efforts and organizing exhibitions, most-recently doing pro-bono work with the Village of Valatie, the Valatie Free Library and the Valatie Economic Redevelopment Association in Columbia County, NY. While Lori has extensive experience with non-profit organizations on a pro bono and volunteer basis, she presents a different profile—with a keen awareness of positioning to a 21st century audience—than recent managers at CCHS.

As Executive Director of the CCHS, Lori will apply her experience in marketing and fundraising as well as her honed entrepreneurial spirit to meet the various challenges facing one of Columbia County's principal cultural institutions. She is particularly excited by our 2016 Centennial anniversary activities, which will be designed to raise the public profile of CCHS in the region, drawing visitors throughout the county and beyond.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"“I am thrilled to join the Columbia County Historical Society as Executive Director in advance of our forthcoming year-long centennial celebration, and excited by the opportunity to present the rich and diverse properties and collections of the Society in dialogue to a contemporary audience," said Yarotsky.

“The Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse represents a literary symbol, along with the very special Luykas Van Alen house, also an unique vernacular legacy of New York's earliest Dutch settlers; and the Vanderpoel House is an elegant example of early 19th century Federal style in upstate New York. Consolidated with our permanent collections and the Society's treasured regional genealogical research library, they help define the cultural DNA of Columbia County."

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Governance

BOARD CHAIR

James Guidera

Credit Agricole CIB

Term: Oct 2013 - Oct 2016

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?