CALENDAR

  • Fri
    07
    Apr
    2017
    6:30 pm

    The Town of Clinton Historical Society is a membership organization. Members join together for a potluck supper every April to elect new trustees and officers and conduct the Society’s business.

  • Fri
    05
    May
    2017
    7:30 pm

    Everyday Will Be Sunday When the Town Goes Dry

    by Eleanor (Ellie) Charwat

    The focus will be on the Hudson Valley’s role in production, distribution, and sale of illegal liquor during prohibition. A PowerPoint presentation will accompany her talk.

  • Sat
    27
    May
    2017
    Sun
    28
    May
    2017

    Get ready for summer by cleaning out those closets—and help the Clinton Historical Society at the same time. Email info@clintonhistoricalsociety.org to find out when we begin to collect items for this year’s sale.

  • Fri
    02
    Jun
    2017
    7:30 pm“Big Band & Big Guns: Clintonʼs Custom Gunmaker John Dewey & His Partner Bandleader Artie Shaw”

    The story of John Dewey—Clinton Corners' legendary custom gunmaker—will be told by his son George in a presentation at the Clinton Historical Society on Friday, June 2. John Dewey had a national reputation for building highly accurate rifles and pistols. His business partners included the "Big Band" leader Artie Shaw, a renowned jazz clarinetist, composer, and bandleader, who died in 2004. Artie Shaw and his swing-era band were famed for hits including “Begin the Beguine,” "Frenesi," and “Stardust.” Shaw, whose eight wives included actresses Lana Turner and Ava Gardner, was also known as an expert marksman. Today John Dewey's shop and home are the site of the Evangelical Free Church on Salt Point Turnpike, not far from the Clinton Historical Society's Quaker Meeting House. George Dewey, who lived in Clinton Corners, is the founder and president of J Dewey Rods—Quality Gun Cleaning Equipment.

  • Sat
    08
    Jul
    2017
    1 - 4 p.m.2433 Salt Point Turnpike, Clinton Corners, NY

    Every summer the Society organizes a special exhibit on a topic of local history in the Creek Meeting House. Exhibits are open to the public free of charge on weekends in July.


    Music is the subject of this year’s interactive exhibit which runs July 8 - July 30 and will feature more than 22 vintage music machines and radios.

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  • Sat
    22
    Jul
    2017
    Sun
    23
    Jul
    2017
    1 - 4 p.m.2433 Salt Point Turnpike, Clinton Corners, NY

    Every summer the Society organizes a special exhibit on a topic of local history in the Creek Meeting House. Exhibits are open to the public free of charge on weekends in July.


    Music is the subject of this year’s interactive exhibit which runs July 8 - July 30 and will feature more than 22 vintage music machines and radios.

    Don't miss 1930s ragtime piano player, Peter Muir, performing this Saturday, July 22 at 2 p.m. at the Creek Meeting House! All are welcome, free of charge.

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  • Sat
    29
    Jul
    2017
    Sun
    30
    Jul
    2017
    1 - 4 p.m.2433 Salt Point Turnpike, Clinton Corners, NY

    It’s your last chance to see the exhibit that is the talk of the town!

    See demonstrations of our antique music machines including c.1879 Swiss cylinder music box, 1890 parlor organ, 1895 Edison cylinder phonograph, 1903 Regina disc music box, 1925 player piano, 1930s Victrola, and 1950 Wurlitzer juke box.

    Learn the history of radio from our “History of Radio” display panel and our twenty vintage radios, circa 1920 through 1950s, including a crystal radio set, a 1923 radio with 3 tuning dials, and a 1932 Philco cathedral radio broadcasting FDR’s “Day of Infamy” speech.

    Experience our interactive exhibit demonstrating Morse code over an authentic 1879 transatlantic cable.

    Reminisce over our seven large display panels showing original sheet music covers, music historical information, and backgrounds of the music and recording artists with photos for each decade from the 1890s through the 1950s, music machines “How It Works”, and a large collection of reproduced vintage advertising for music machines and radios.

    Enjoy the interactive video station featuring 11 famous big bands and popular dances of the 1920s through 1940s.

    Challenge yourself at a game of “Identify These Famous Radio Stars”.

    Create a memory by having your picture taken in our 1920s Clinton living room including a vintage radio.

    1920 Clinton Living Room

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  • Fri
    08
    Sep
    2017
    7:30 pmCreek Meeting House, 2433 Salt Point Turnpike, Clinton Corners


    A talk and slide show presented by Cynthia Koch, Clinton Historical Society president and former director of the FDR Library in Hyde Park. This presentation reviews Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s family history, his love of the Hudson Valley and all things “Dutch” and the ways in which he used these concepts of home and family to connect with people and communicate his policies. This slide show highlights 50 images from the collections of the FDR Library.

     

  • Fri
    06
    Oct
    2017
    7:30 pmCreek Meeting House, 2433 Salt Point Turnpike, Clinton Corners

    This program chronicles the early history of the once thriving community that—until 1932—was part of the main route from New York City to Albany before a bypass was constructed around the quaint village. Staatsburg was well known during the 19th century for its ice-harvesting operations, the famous Staatsburg Ice Tool Company, and one of the oldest stagecoach stops in the region (now a private residence). Anthony will also present captivating details about four estates that once occupied the village.

  • Sat
    14
    Oct
    2017
    5:00 pm

    Members open their homes every fall for an evening of fabulous food and drink to benefit the Society. Delicious hors d’oeuvres, homemade dinners, desserts, and beverages are donated by volunteer hosts throughout the community. The evening begins with wine and cheese receptions in two or three locations, then guests “progress” to one of more than a dozen intimate dinner parties held in private homes. The evening concludes with a cornucopia of home-baked desserts at the Creek Meeting House.

  • Fri
    03
    Nov
    2017
    7:30 pmCreek Meeting House, 2433 Salt Point Turnpike, Clinton Corners

    Using records from the Ancient Documents Collection of the Dutchess County Court of Common Pleas, tales and incidents from the seedier side of life in 18th and 19th century Clinton and its predecessor municipalities will be explored. These will include the fate of unwed mothers who fell afoul of the town fathers, a grisly murder of an infant that bridged the divide between Clinton and Pleasant Valley, and how Quakers interacted with the county courts.

  • Fri
    01
    Dec
    2017
    6:30 pm

    Join us on the First Friday in December for a festive potluck supper and whimsical auction of “Secret Santa” wrapped gifts.

  • Sat
    02
    Dec
    2017
    10 AM - 4 PMCreek Meeting House, 2433 Salt Point Turnpike, Clinton Corners

    The Society hosts local crafters, a holiday tag sale, and a bake sale. A great way to get your holiday shopping started—while benefiting the Clinton Historical Society!

  • Fri
    06
    Apr
    2018
    6:30 pmCreek Meeting House

    Our membership gets together for a potluck supper and to elect trustees and officers. Have a nomination for our Board? Please contact Kyle at kylecwells55@gmail.com. Please join us for this event! Bring your favorite dish to share. Beverages and dessert will be provided.

  • Thu
    26
    Apr
    2018
    12:30 pmCreek Meeting House

    PETER MUIR RETURNS!
    Those who attended our SRO performance of piano ragtime music
    by renowned Peter Muir last summer will be delighted to learn that he is returning for another engagement! The Clinton Community Library and the Clinton Historical Society are once again cosponsoring this popular event at the Creek Meeting House on Thursday, April 26 with free lunch at 12:30 p.m. and performance to follow at 1:00 p.m. for the community. Peter is famous for his toetapping tunes and great sing-alongs. Join us for this free fun event!

    Registration for lunch is required - please call 845-266-5530 to RSVP. All are welcome to join us for dessert and the lecture beginning at 1 PM.

  • Fri
    04
    May
    2018
    7:30 pmCreek Meeting House

    Hidden Treasures of the Hudson Valley, Volume 2

    New!

    by Anthony Musso

    Local author Anthony Musso will highlight several of the 55 historic sites in his book, "Hidden Treasures of the Hudson Valley", that are relatively unknown yet historically significant.

     

  • Sat
    26
    May
    2018
    Sun
    27
    May
    2018
    9 am - 4 pmCreek Meeting House

    Stop by today, Sunday, May 27, for our half price sale!

  • Fri
    01
    Jun
    2018
    7:30 pmCreek Meeting House


    1777 Then and Now--History and Its Implications

    by Hon. Albert Rosenblatt

    Judge Rosenblatt will speak about the political, social and cultural events occurring in 1777, the year the Creek Meeting House was dedicated.

  • Mon
    18
    Jun
    2018
    10 a.m. - 4 p.m.Creek Meeting House

    Start your holiday shopping at the Clinton Historical Society Craft Fair!
    Local artisans, bake sale, and lunch available.

  • Mon
    18
    Jun
    2018
    6:30 pmCreek Meeting House


    Join us for a fun-filled evening of holiday spirit and warmth. Bring a covered dish to share and a gift for the auction. Auction proceeds benefit the Society's educational and archival mission and preservation of the Creek Meeting House. Desserts provided by the Clinton Historical Society Board of Trustees.

  • Sat
    28
    Jul
    2018
    Sun
    29
    Jul
    2018
    1-4 p.m.Creek Meeting House

    FINAL WEEKEND!

    Clinton: 1828-1938 is the Clinton Historical Society‘s summer exhibit for 2018. It will tell the story of the town and its seven hamlets through over 230 vintage photographs, some from glass plate negatives, as well as artifacts including rare samplers from the 1820s, items from the town’s one-room schoolhouses, and posters from the 1890s. “Getting There” will feature family transportation and “Timeless Tots” will exhibit early 1900’s candid photos of children with their toys. Borrowed from private collections as well as assembled from the historical society’s archive, most of the images and artifacts have never before been exhibited.

    Special Bonus Exhibit: In commemoration of 100 years since the end of the First World War, a separate display will feature artifacts relating to the Great War.

    This free exhibit will be open weekends from June 30 through July 29 from 1-4 p.m. at the Clinton Historical Society’s headquarters and exhibit center, the 1777 Creek Meeting House, at 2433 Salt Point Turnpike in Clinton Corners (1 mile east of the Taconic Parkway). Look for the vintage doctor’s buggy out front! A special opening reception with refreshments will be held Saturday June 30 at 1 p.m.

  • Fri
    07
    Sep
    2018
    7:30 pmCreek Meeting House

    Kevin Oldenburg, a National Park Service Ranger at the FDR Presidential Library and Museum, will speak about the Civilian Conservation Corp. The CCC was a public work relief program that operated during the Great Depression. The CCC was a major part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal that provided unskilled manual labor jobs related to the conservation and development of natural resources in rural lands owned by federal, state, and local governments. The CCC was designed to provide jobs for young men and to relieve families who had difficulty finding jobs during the Great Depression in the United States.

  • Fri
    05
    Oct
    2018
    7:30 pmCreek Meeting House

    William "Chip" Holman of the William Holman Gallery, NYC, will speak about Rhinebeck artist Olin Dows. Dows was a combat artist during World War II who documented Army activities in the European theater. In 1940 Dows was commissioned to paint murals depicting local history in the Rhinebeck post office In 1941 Dows painted scenes of professions and industries in the Hyde Park post office. Olin Dows died in 1981 in Rhinebeck.

  • Sat
    27
    Oct
    2018

    We are only weeks away from our annual Progressive Dinner fundraiser on Saturday the 27th of October!

    Progressive DinnerThis year, we will start by gathering at historic Meadowland Farm.  Join your friends and neighbors in the barn while enjoying hors d'oeuvres by local, world-renowned chef Gray Kunz, cheeses and a glass of wine.  There will be music by Austin Bonk and a preview of the items to be raffled later in the evening.

    Guests will then travel to one of the private homes of the various hosts for a delicious dinner.

    The evening will end at the Creek Meeting House for delicious "Sweets & Treats" and coffee.  New this year is our raffle of items donated by various merchants, shops and artisans in the community.

    We look forward to seeing everyone there for a fun evening.

    Please contact us at chsprogressivedinner@gmail.com to place your reservation.

     

  • Fri
    02
    Nov
    2018
    7:30 pmCreek Meeting House

    2018 has been declared the "Year of the Veteran" in Dutchess County. Bill Jeffway, Executive Director of the Dutchess County Historical Society will present the DCHS traveling exhibit "Over Here", which highlights the contributions of Dutchess County's men, women, and children to the World War I effort. Craig Marshall, CHS Vice President will speak about World War I veterans from the Town of Clinton.

  • Sat
    01
    Dec
    2018
    10 a.m. - 4 p.m.Creek Meeting House

    Start your holiday shopping at the Clinton Historical Society Craft Fair!

  • Fri
    07
    Dec
    2018
    6:30 pmCreek Meeting House

    Join us for a fun-filled evening of holiday spirit and warmth. Bring a covered dish to share and a gift for the auction. Auction proceeds benefit the Society's educational and archival mission and preservation of the Creek Meeting House. Desserts provided by the Clinton Historical Society Board of Trustees.