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Oral History Project
Upcoming Events and Programs
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Four Special Screenings
will be presented on the following

Saturdays from 10AM to 1PM

Next Screening:   Saturday, JULY 1st
screenings to be held at the
 Copake Hillsdale Farmer's Market
at The Roeliff Jansen Park

9140 State Route 22, Hillsdale, NY  Copake/
(518) 929-3255

Some time ago, Hillsdale residents

Julia Brandi and Marilyn Herrington

conceived the idea of interviewing a diverse group of long-time Hillsdale residents to capture their unique and often extraordinary first hand stories of the daily life, places and the people they experienced and knew throughout the years.

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Marilyn  Herrington

and Julia Brandi


See interview below

Watch this 7-minute

interview with the creators

of the Documentary

"Our Story" and "Portraits

produced by

Marylin Herrington and Julia Brandi and edited by Elea Wilder.


Summer Exhibition

Coming this summer:

The First 40: A Celebration of
Local History Preserved

1983 - 2023 The Roeliff Jansen Historical Society

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the dedication of the restored and repurposed church building, from July through October 2023, the RJHS will exhibit a selection of rarely seen objects from its museum collection. The exhibit, titled The First 40: A Celebration of Local History Preserved, will highlight how each of these objects can bridge connections between the people, technology, and traditions of rural New York's past, to our modern lives today.                        

The exhibition will also explore the evolution of the community and buildings and businesses of Copake Falls as related to the Copake Iron Works and Harlem Valley Railroad while celebrating the restoration, and adaptive reuse of the Old Copake Falls Church as the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society in 1983. The objects from our collection will reflect the history of our five member towns: Ancram, Copake, Gallatin, Hillsdale, and Taghkanic.

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