VIDEO AND PDF DOCUMENTS OF TWO 2021 RJHS EVENTS

Heavenly Rest Banner SMALL.jpg

THE HEAVENLY REST CONNECTION  with Jim Mackin    WATCH VIDEO 

Richard Upjohn Banner3.png

VIEW OR DOWNLOAD THE PDF OF DALE PETERSON'S TALK

Exhibitions - Current

LONG Line of camo stars.png
LONG Line of camo stars.png

An exhibition inspired by the 80th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor 

 

The subject of the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society’s 2022 summer exhibition will be WWII, as told through personal correspondence, photographs, G.I. standard issue equipment, commendations, medals, official documents, photgraphs and mementos of family members who served.

This spring, The Roeliff Jansen Historical Society invited residents of the entire Roe Jan region (Ancram, Copake, Hillsdale, Gallatin & Taghkanic) to lend us WWII photographs, letters, and memorabilia from any branch of the Armed Forces, and from service at home or overseas. We also welcomed stories and memories that have been handed down through the generations. There has been an overwhelming response, and all of these contribute to making From the Home Front to the Front Lines, a memorable exhibit, built on the life-shaping experiences and memories of WW II and our own Roe Jan community.

From the HOME FRONT TO THE FRONT LINES

Open through September 2022

Hours are Saturdays and Sundays 2 to 4 pm

Read Griffin Cooper's  Article  about this

show in Mainstreet Magazine's June 2022. 

Screen Shot 2022-07-12 at 10.04.10 AM.png
WW2OBJECT MONTAGE.png
The Opening Multi SMALL_web.jpg
From The Home front Uncle Sam.jpg

Watch an exclusive, ten minute video Interview with
Copake's British War Bride, Dorothy Baker
 

Among the 70,000 British war brides to arrive in the United States during and after WWII, was Dorothy Baker, from the small village of Woodbridge, Suffolk, England. Together, shortly before the end of the war, Dorothy and her new American husband, Lewis Thomason (Tom) Baker, began a new life together in the Hamlet of Copake, N.Y. At the age of 97, Dorothy is remarkably sharp and brimming with detailed memories of the war in the UK, and her adjustment to life in the Hudson Valley hamlet of Copake. Distilled from over two hours of footage shot this past June in her Copake home, and as an important part of our WWII exhibition: “From the Home Front to the Front Lines”, the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society has produced a ten-minute video of Dorothy’s recollections of the Second World War, experienced as a young girl living with her family in England – a mere 70 miles from London during the “Blitz.” Dorothy recounts meeting her future husband, U.S. G.I. Tom Baker, a bomb falling in Woodbridge, the anxiety of having siblings in the British armed forces, and the astonishing story of boats racing to the sea on Woodbridge’s River Deben on their way to Dunkirk in May, 1940. The interview is a testament to the courage and tenacity of the young women who left their homes, families and former lives, to begin marriage and family in foreign land. Illustrated with photos and footage. Lesley Doyel & Jane Wasnewski interviewers. Directed by Peter N. Fritsch. RT:10 min, 48 Seconds

Dorothy with Lesley_edited.jpg

Click on image above to view video

Exhibitions - Past

Summer 2021 - Revived in Wood:
Greek and Gothic Churches of the Roe Jan Region

READ MORE ABOUT "REVIVED IN WOOD"

Article about RJHS in Mainstreet Magazine's October 2021 History Issue

Summer 2020 - 100 Years of Women and the Vote
In Association with the Copake Grange - (Outdoors 2020)

Pandemics Past and Present
Remembering the resiliance of the Roe Jan Region (2020 Web)

The HIdden History of the Roe Jan Region (2019 Exhibition)

Revived Color Lockup GenericWeb.jpg
VotesForWomen_edited_edited_edited_edited.png
Pandemics of the Past and Present.png
Hidden HIstory Lockup.png