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Founded in 1967, the Rhinebeck Historical Society (RHS) maintains and manages an extensive archives dating back to the 1700s. These archives are protected in a climate-controlled facility at the Starr Library in Rhinebeck, New York and are available to anyone, either on request or during our scheduled hours of operation (listed above). A catalog of the archived materials can be accessed here.

Access to the archival material may be arranged through the RHS archivist, Michael Frazier, by emailing him at michaelfrazier@earthlink.net. You can also reach out to our P.O. box address (listed above).

At our location, you can view historic Rhinebeck photos, postcards, documents, and maps. We also offer assistance on finding information related to cemeteries, ancestry, family histories, genealogy, historic homes, and architecture. A schedule of monthly educational programs on Rhinebeck history– free and open to the public– and our quarterly newsletter can be accessed here.


Two schoolboys with a small dog, c. 1890.

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


Rhinebeck Historical Society board meetings are usually scheduled for the third Thursday of every month at 3:00pm EST; time and date are subject to change based on the board's availability. We welcome any of our members and non-members of the public who may wish to attend.

We meet in the Mary Frazer Room (Local History Room) on the lower level of the Starr Library at 68 West Market St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572. You are also welcome to attend via Zoom link.

Email your request to attend our board meeting to michaelfrazier@earthlink.net, with "Attend Board Meeting" as the subject line. Please indicate whether you would like to attend via in-person or Zoom, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.