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
You're invited!!!
Fall Lecture Series
Dutchess Heritage Days

Co-Sponsored by the Dutchess County Historian


RSVP: $10 pre-order, $15 at the door, Children under 16 are free. Call for Heritage Patron Package, featuring ticket and dinner with speaker, and a print of the 1804 Dutchess Turnpike map.


For Reservations, please contact the Dutchess County Historical Society at 845-471-1630 ordchistorical@verizon.net 


Speaker Series #3:

Thursday, November 6, 2014 7:00 p.m.


Italian Immigration in Millbrook, NY

By: David Greenwood


Hear the tale of how the chance discovery of a 1913 insurance map opened a vivid window into the development of Millbrook's Italian community. The presentation ties into the village's new "History in the Streets" exhibit. Millbrook Village Hall, 35 Merritt Avenue, Millbrook NY.



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.






DCHS & Vassar College presents:

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