Dutchess County Historical Society collects, preserves and promotes the county's history to educate and engage both present and future generations. We look forward to serving your needs and interests through our collections and research library, our programs and events, our publications and member benefits, and our volunteer and school resource opportunities. Welcome! 


Contact us
Hours Tue - Thurs. 10-3

845 471-1630
Centennial Celebration
Preserving the Past for the Future
100th Annual Awards Dinner 
Thursday, October 23, 2014
The Henry A. Wallace Center
Franklin D. Roosevel Presidential Library and Museum
5:30 Cocktails  *   6:30 Dinner
Keynote Speaker: New York State Historian Bob Weible  
Call for reservations 845/471-1630 
The DCHS is looking for Part Time Director

Dutchess County Historical Society Director

Position Opening
Posted: Aug. 15, 2014

The Dutchess County Historical Society, Poughkeepsie, New York, is seeking
a part-time Director


The candidate needs to have a degree in history, art history or a related field. Demonstrated success in leading a nonprofit organization can be substituted for the specific educational background. This position requires a strong understanding of museum operations in accordance with the highest professional, educational, and ethical standards. Administrative abilities are a must.

The Director oversees the management of the organization, which includes a large local history collection and library and the management of two historic buildings, plus a variety of programs and special events. The candidate should have a good understanding of local history and full knowledge/experience of nonprofit management. The candidate must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, along with outstanding interpersonal and organizational abilities. The Director manages staff and works with the board, committees and volunteers. Strong computer skills, personnel, financial and facilities management experience are required.

Applicants can send a cover letter and resume to Patricia L. Prunty, President, DCHS Board of Trustees at the following email address. dchistorical@verizon.net.






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