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The Van Deusen Collection


Jim Luedke, a descendant of the Van Deusen, Smith, and Niver families, contacted the RJHS in February 2016. He wrote: After many decades we are liquidating our house in the Boston area and have some artifacts from Hillsdale and Copake and contemplate donating them to the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society.”

The fascinating  story of the very old and well documented Van Deusen Family of Hillsdale, provided the basis for one of the Society's most fascinating family collections!

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Taghkanic Basket Maker

Elizabeth Proper in 1971

Elizabeth Proper, Jack Ofield, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Proper, daughter Maryann, and filmmaker Jack Ofield in 1971

Jack and Helen Ofield's fascinating production shots taken when they interviewed and filmed

the last Taghkanic basket maker, Elizabeth Proper

in 1971 outside  her home in  the town of Taghkanic for the PBS Documentary  "Inheritance". 

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