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The RHS archives is a treasure trove of exciting history. It consists of records dating back to the 1700s, including books, pictures, maps, letters and diaries. The catalog of the archived materials can be accessed below.

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Friday, May 31 at 7:00 PM, at the Starr Library Local History Room, entrance in the rear. You can find the presentation by clicking the button above.

Kevin Snyder – “The History of Funeral Homes”: Kevin’s talk is on the history of the funeral industry in the United States from prior to the Civil War to present. Included is some local information and a display of ephemera including sidelines of the undertaking business.

Mr. Snyder is a lifelong Northern Dutchess resident, graduated from SUNY and has been a licensed funeral director since 1976.


As we look forward to 2024, we are very much in need of your continued support. Your donations and membership allow us to pursue our efforts to preserve Rhinebeck history, whether that be through our archival work, in-person presentations, or community collaborations.

Most recently, we've been gifted antique newspapers from the Strong family that fill an enormous gap in RHS's collection of The Rhinebeck Gazette. Thanks to your support, decades in the latter half of the 19th century– previously unavailable– will be accessible to all at no cost, once digitized and posted online.


Welcome to the official website of the Rhinebeck Historical Society in Rhinebeck, NY. On our site, you can navigate our archives, contact us, watch our programs, apply for memberships, and more!

Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am-3pm

Location: 68 West Market St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572 (bttm. floor of Starr Library)

Mailing address: P.O. Box 291, Rhinebeck, NY 12572


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