Columbia County Historical Society

Founded in 1916, the Columbia County Historical Society Museum & Library collects, preserves, and interprets the history, heritage, and culture of Columbia County, New York, and serves residents of all eighteen towns and the City of Hudson.

For more than 100 years, thousands of people from all across the county and beyond have enjoyed their varied exhibitions, historic properties, and educational programs. A vital community resource, their collections include important and unique archives, research and genealogical materials, paintings, textiles, furniture and decorative arts relating to Columbia County’s heritage.

The CCHS owns four historic properties, a research library, and maintains nearly 40 acres of land and a permanent collection of more than 10,000 objects. The Historical Society also presents an ongoing lecture series and publishes an award-winning, scholarly magazine.

How you can help

Looking ahead, especially in the face of financial challenges for non-profit organizations posed by the 2017 federal tax law changes, they urge their donors to consider how significant their contributions and gifts to smaller, local non-profit organizations such as theirs will be in the current year and in the years head. Particular needs of the CCHS are: restoration projects for our historic properties, including their National Historic Landmark, 18th century Dutch Colonial, “Luykas Van Alen House”, as well as other conservation and preservation activities with their collections, while your contribution of unrestricted funds gives them the overall support that can help with their day-to-day challenges and operations.


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Columbia County Historical Society has received support from the following celebrities listed on this site: