Rhinebeck Historical Society
                  Calendar of Events

UPCOMING PROGRAMS                                                  (SAVE THESE DATES)

​​Friday, September 22, 7:30pm at the Starr Library, Eleanor Roosevelt with Anthony Musso
Eleanor Roosevelt became an admired and respected woman as she handled her role as first lady and later U.N. delegate with tenacity and commitment. But that was after facing numerous challenges as a child, being berated by her own mother and scorned by other family members. Her story and how she overcame self-doubt and withdrawal - from her birth through her death in 1962 - is the topic of author Anthony Musso's presentation "Eleanor Roosevelt: Challenges and Triumphs." Refreshments will be served.

Friday, October 27, 7:30pm at the Starr Library, Olin Dows' (1904-1981) Drawings, Photographs, and
Watercolors from WWII – Chip Holman, Director of the William Holman Gallery in NYC and Salt Point,
presents Olin Dows' representations of the American army at war in Europe. As a participant in the Army Art Program, Olin Dows witnessed the invasion of Normandy with the 35th Division and endured the final days of the war in the Ruhr Valley in April 1945. Not only did the artist compose poignant and telling scenes of key moments on the battlefield, but he also was awarded a Bronze Star for capturing a group of German soldiers. This illustrated lecture offers another view of the artist who painted the murals in the Rhinebeck and Hyde Park Post Offices, and resided at Glenburn, adjacent to Southlands. Refreshments will be served.

Friday, November 17, 7:30pm at the Starr Library, Tales from the Dutchess County Ancient
Documents: Crime and Society in Rhinebeck with Will Tatum

How did residents of eighteenth-century Rhinebeck react to suspicious deaths? In what ways did local slaves
interact with the legal system? What were the consequences when a Lutheran minister horsewhipped his flock
into the street? What fate awaited unwed mothers? Join Dutchess County Historian Will Tatum for a journey
through the county’s early court records, available online for the first time thanks to New York State Archives
funding. These stories, drawn from the period 1721-1759, illuminate little-known episodes in the everyday life
of early Rhinebeck. Refreshments will be served.




Board meetings are scheduled for the third Thursday of every month at 4:00pm.  Board meetings are open to the membership.  They are held in the History Room of the Starr Library.  It is best to contact a Board Member to confirm the location and time.   NO BOARD MEETING IN AUGUST.