Rhinebeck Historical Society
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Speakers for 2018-2019

Friday, November 30, 7:00 pm at the Starr Library
– Benjamin Hevenor – Record and Reflection of His Civil War Experience with RHS Board Member Duane Ragucci
Many books have been written about the Civil War. But, thanks to the generous contribution of Brenda Furlong to the Rhinebeck Historical Society, and Jeffrey Antevil’s work scanning the collection, we are able to share the personal account of Rhinebeck resident Benjamin J Hevenor’s journey through the Civil War. He served in the 150th New York Regiment under the leadership of Colonel John H. Ketcham. From his detailed, daily diary entries beginning October 21, 1862 and ending June 7, 1865 Hevenor provides remarkable insight into his development as a young soldier as well as an account of military duty and life during the Civil War.
Friday, December 14, 7:00 pm at the Starr Library
– Tony Musso – Hidden Treasures of the Hudson Valley Volume 3
In this, the third volume of the Hidden Treasures of the Hudson Valley series, the author identifies another 55 lesser known but historically rich sites, which played an important role in the establishment of the region. Tony’s talk will highlight many of these sites. We will have some special holiday treats for you to enjoy after the talk.

Friday, January 25, 7:00 pm at the Starr Library
- Pieter Estersohn – Life Along the Hudson: The Historic Country Estates of the Livingston Family
A leading photographer of architecture and interiors, Pieter Estersohn is the author of Kentucky: Historic Houses and Horse Farms of Bluegrass Country, and his work appears frequently in major shelter magazines, including Architectural Digest. His book about the Livingston estates features three dozen country homes, many overlooking the Hudson River, and offering some of the finest examples of American architecture and landscape design. All pair exquisite interiors with expansive lush lawns and riverfront views. Constructed on land owned by the influential Livingston family, who settled in the area in the late 17th century, many have been restored to their former splendor by the original owners’ descendants as well as recent leaders of New York City industry and the arts.

​Friday, February 22 – 7:00 pm at the Starr Library
- Don Fraser – Gilded age Scandals
Don Fraser is the Educator at Staatsburgh State Historic Site (Mills Mansion). “Gilded Age Scandals” focuses a spotlight on the scandalous behavior and intrigues of the very rich at the turn of the century. Staatsburgh’s owners, Ruth and Ogden Mills, were models of respectability, but the transgressions of their friends shocked and titillated Edwardian Society. Stories of sex, murder and money were not only whispered in the drawing rooms but published in the newspapers of the day. We’ll discuss celebrity murders, heiresses for sale, and scandals that reached as high as the King of England and the President of the United States. Stories of misbehavior feature a monkey in the formal dining room, arsenic in the clam chowder, and the tale of the famous Society figure who told his distraught bride on their wedding night, “Your money is your only asset in my eyes.”

Friday, March 29 – 7:00 pm at the Starr Library
- Richard Fiegel - A Road Through Time – New York State’s First Road
After 17 years in journalism as editor of three different wine magazines, Richard Figiel planted his own vineyard on New York's Seneca Lake and opened his winery at Silver Thread Vineyard in 1991. It was the state's first winery to grow European vinifera varieties exclusively with organic farming practices. His experience as winegrower and journalist led to three years researching and writing CIRCLE OF VINES. Figiel is also the Northeast American contributing-writer for THE OXFORD COMPANION TO THE WINES OF NORTH AMERICA and co-author of A DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN WINE (Wm. Morrow publishers). His articles on wine and history have appeared in magazines from "Yankee" to "Sierra" and "Adirondack Life" to "Wine & Spirits." Richard Figiel's next book, published in May 2018 is A ROAD THROUGH TIME: Manhattan to the Adirondacks on New York State's First Road. The fun book takes readers on a travel/history narrative from Manhattan to the Hudson Valley and all the way to the Adirondacks along a road that started as a Native American footpath running up the spine of Manhattan Island. When the Europeans arrived, that trail became a bridle path, then a wagon road, eventually stretching north as far as Lake George. The talk will also remind you that we live in such a historic area filled with artifacts of the Dutch, the English and Native Americans.

Friday, April 26 – 7:00 pm at the Starr Library
- David Miller – The Schultz Family of Rhinebeck
Two years ago James Schultz allowed us to scan his family albums going back 9 generations to Christian Otto Schultz who came to Rhinebeck nearly 300 years ago. The album contains photos, family history and genealogy charts for the family dating back Christian Otto’s arrival in America in 1734. He and his descendants were soldiers in the Revolutionary war, some of the founding elders and deacons of the Dutch Reformed Church, Ferryboat captains on the Hudson and owners of Schultz’s landing on the river which makes this album a microcosm of Rhinebeck History. Using the albums and other items from our archives David Miller will take us through the story of this very important family to the history of both Rhinebeck and America.

Board meetings are scheduled for the third Thursday of every month at 3:00pm (usually).  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.