Check out Recent Presentations:


Irving "Bud" Rogers - filmed in 2011 - presented the origin of the Rhinebeck Reformed Church in 1731 and the important role the Beekman and Livingston families played in its earliest years and their impact on the church and our community to this day. Bud also shares some of his own fascinating encounters from a lifetime of involvement in every aspect of the church. For more information about this program, see the President's Message in the previously posted Spring 2023 Newsletter.

Shannon Butler: RHS 1/23 Zoom Event "Historic Murders in the Hudson Valley is now available on YouTube. Diving into the archives, Poughkeepsie Library Historian Shannon Butler brings these historic murders into the 21st century.


David Turner: RHS 12/22 Zoom Event "Dutchess County in 1870" is available on YouTube. For this not to be missed special event, post card Expert David Turner shared historic stereoviews of Dutchess County.

Bonnie Wood: RHS 11/22 Live Event at Village Hall "Dorothy Knapp- "Queen of the Cachets" is available on YouTube. Explore the beauty and the history in Knapp's art.

David Miller's October 2022 presentation on YouTube "Frank Asher's Snapshot Moments".

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.

Posing with bicycles, c. 1890.

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Photographer: Frank Asher



Rhinebeck Village Hall, 76 East Market Street, upstairs over the fire house, is a very large room that allows us to socially distance and where we also film the programs- and perhaps even present them simultaneously on Zoom for our distant members. Remember that all of our programs are filmed and posted afterwards on our RHS YouTube Channel.

Coming Soon

Friday night 3/31/23, we held a joint live program at Rhinebeck Town Hall sponsored by the Dutchess County and Rhinebeck historical societies about the history of Oak Street.
Here is the link to the video.


June 2023: Last Friday night we had a live program at the Starr Library given by Joanne Lukacher and Stacy Whittaker describing the Dutchess County Sampler Initiative and the upcoming Sampler ID Days. The video is finished and you can find it at the link below. I want to thank Jeff Christensen for both filming the program and helping with the editing. This will serve as an intro to the June 2-3 live event at the Starr known as Sampler ID Days (see description below).


Sampler ID Days is a Hudson Valley-wide effort to locate, photograph, and document American samplers and related girlhood embroideries held in the public and private collections of our region. Coordinators for this initiative are working with local museums, historical societies, historic homes, private collectors, and descendants, to identify antique schoolgirl samplers in their collections and document them for inclusion in the Sampler Archive, an online searchable database of American schoolgirl needlework (samplerarchive.org).

Owners of antique samplers are encouraged to bring them to the Starr Library, 68 West Market Street, Rhinebeck, on Sampler Identification & Documentation Day June 2 – 3, 2023. Friday June 2nd, 12:00 – 4:00 pm, by appointment only; Saturday June 3rd, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, appointments & walk-ins. (There will also be Sampler ID Days on Sept. 8 – 9, 2023, at the Wallace Center, FDR Historic Site, Hyde Park).

For more detailed information, contact Stacy Whittaker at swhitt@prodigy.net or refer to the attachment.

Saturday afternoon 4/22/23, Fr. Richard McKeon, Rector of the Episcopal Church of the Messiah Rhinebeck spoke about the history and architecture of this historic Rhinebeck church. Here is the link to the video.