VIDEO AND PDF DOCUMENTS OF TWO 2021 RJHS EVENTS
THE HEAVENLY REST CONNECTION with Jim Mackin WATCH VIDEO
VIEW OR DOWNLOAD THE PDF OF DALE PETERSON'S TALK
Exhibitions - Current
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
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
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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