St. John in the Wilderness & 

Richard Upjohn: 
The Architecture - The Architect

A Presentation by Dale Peterson, AIA 


Sunday, July 18th at 2pm
this event held at the
Church of St. John in the Wilderness
261 Route 344
Copake Falls, NY Admission Free!

Why was America's most architecturally significant Carpenter Gothic church built In the heart of the Roe Jan area?  On Sunday, July 18th at 2:00 pm we'll explore how 19th Century changes in American religion, the rise of iron mining in Columbia County and the life of British-born architect Richard Upjohn came together in Copake Falls. Upjohn's Church of St John in the Wilderness, built in 1852, reinterprets medieval Gothic themes - originally built in stone -- in the American vocabulary of wood. The church's board and batten exterior expresses the vertical thrust of Gothic in a uniquely American form.  
Dale Peterson, AIA, is a retired architect and construction manager, now living full time in the hamlet of Copake Falls.  He is an active member of the Episcopal Church of St John in the Wilderness.  A graduate of the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture,

Sunday, August 23rd from 2 to 4 pm

Outside the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society Museum

Dedication, unveiling and reception celebrating  new historic marker awarded by 
The William G. Pomeroy Foundation to

The Old Copake Falls Church (built 1892)

Saturday - JULY 18th

 inside Grange Hall 

Saturday, July 18th, 1-3pm 

The Copake Grange and the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society present: 

100th Anniversary of Women's Right to Vote!


Inside the Copake Grange for a special pop-up exhibit celebrating the 1920/2020 centennial of Women's Right to Vote!



Sunday, November 17th
from 2-4 pm
Panel Discussion: The Hidden History of the Hidden History!
Fascinating back-stories about the objects, people and places that went into this past summer’s highly successful exhibition!


Annual Copake Falls Winter Walk Sunday, December 1st from 10 -4 pm
with Holiday Museum Display, Santa, raffle, wreath sale, refreshments and music at the RJHS Museum!


RJHS Holiday Party  Saturday,
December 14th
from 4-6 PM (open to all) at the RJHS Museum.
Special collections of Antique Santa Clauses and decorations, objects & books! Refreshments, noshes, and Holiday cheer from the RJHS Museum!


Sunday, October 13th
from 2-4 pm
Uncovering History: How Local Residents & Historians found the Missing Corner of Boston Corner, from when it was still part of Massachusetts!A panel comprised of those who discovered the original boundary this summer!– Location: RJHS Museum

Saturday, September 14th,
from 5 to 7pm
At the Northeast-Millerton Library Annex,
28 Century Blvd., Millerton, NY

A presentation by Jon Strom of the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society
Boston Corners & the Oblong: How Two State Boundary Land Exchanges
Created Havens for Lawlessness
A Special Collaboration of the Roe Jan Historical Society
& Northeast-Millerton Library


Saturday, June 22nd 4pm

At the Roeliff Jansen Community Library
9091 State Route 22  Hillsdale, New York 12529

The Letters and Literary Leanings 
of a Civil War Soldier:
Major John Collin of Hillsdale, NY


On Saturday, June 22nd, in tandem with the exhibit of Major Collins’ uniform and related artifacts on view at the Library, board members of the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society will present an illustrated talk focusing on the correspondence and poetry this remarkable Hillsdale resident, which were sent to his friends and family from numerous posts and battlegrounds throughout the Civil War. Major Collin (1840 – 1894) was a resident of Hillsdale, NY, where Collins Street was named for his family long ago and his likeness was used for the “flag bearer” statue a top the war memorial in Hillsdale.



Saturday, May 18th from 11 am to 2 pm

Family Day at the Museum

The first annual Family Day at the Museum. Inside the Museum, decked out with antique toys and books, kids of all ages will have the opportunity to play old time games, and learn how things were done in the days before electricity. There will be a history scavenger hunt and families can continue their path through history at the nearby Copake Iron Works complex!


Sunday, April 14th at 2 PM

“The Hidden History of the Roe Jan Area” presented by RJHS Board Member Jon Strom

Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 2 PM Jim Mackin presents the Pomeroy Family, original owners of the Copake Iron Works



December 22nd,2018  Members Holiday Party at the RJHS Museum.


Sunday, December 2, 2018  Begins at 12 Noon

Annual Winter Walk in Copake Falls Holiday Open House at the RJHS Museum.


Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 2 pm
Vietnam Veterans Panel – In the true spirit of Veteran’s Day, a panel of local Vets share their Vietnam experiences.


Sunday, October 14th, 2018 at 2 pm
Antique Appraisals at the Museum


Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 2pm
A special walk-through of the popular
“Local Collections by Local Collectors” Exhibit
By Mike Fallon, owner of the famed Copake Auction House


Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 2 pm
“Hillsdale’s Historic Cemeteries: Pioneers, Patriots & Politics”
Speakers: Lauren Letellier and Jeanne Kiefer


Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 2 pm
“The Colonial Revival in America”

Speaker: David Gallage


Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 2 pm
“Update from the Copake Iron Works”
Speaker: Jim Mackin


Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 2 pm
“35 Years of Collecting”
Speaker: Mike Fallon


Thursday, October 26, 2017  at 6 pm
Thursday, November 2 at 6 pm
“A Brief History of Hudson’s Experience with Urban Renewal”
Speaker: Peter Cipkowski
Location: Hudson Area Library, Hudson, NY


Sunday, September 17, 2017  at 2 pm
Revolution on the Roads
Speaker: Lex Lalli


Friday, June 16, 2017  at 6 – 8 pm
Sneak Peak Party: Turnpike Exhibit
at the RJHS Museum in Copake Falls


Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 2 pm
“The Austerlitz House Project”
Speaker: Tom Moreland and Michael Rebic


Sunday, March 12, 2017, at 2 pm

Hell’s Acres: Boston Corners and the Prizefight
Speaker: Rich Rosenzweig


Saturday, November 12, 2016, at 4 pm
“All Roads to the River: The 1799 Columbia Turnpike and Historic Toll Houses”
Village Hall, 6 Chatham Street in Kinderhook 12106


In partnership with the Columbia County Historical Society and Historic Hudson

Sunday, October 9, 2016, at  2 pm
“Bash Bish Falls: Inspiration and History”
at the RJHS museum in Copake Falls


Friday, June 17, at 6 pm at the Swiss Hutte
Annual Meeting
Speaker: Peter Jung “Bash Bish and The Hudson River School”


Sunday, May 15, at 2 pm at the Museum
Copake Iron Works
Speaker: Edgar Masters


Sunday, April 10, 2 pm at the Museum
“A Tale of Two Toll Houses: How the Columbia Turnpike Changed Columbia County”
Speakers: Peter Cipkowski and David Hart


Sunday, March 13, 2016, 2 pm at the Museum
“The RJHS Oral History Project”
Speakers: Julia Brandi, Peter Cipkowski, Marilyn Herrington



Saturday, November 7, 2015, at 2 pm at the Museum
“The History of the Rocks, Minerals, and Landscapes of the Taconic Range”
Speakers: Robert and Johanna Titus


Saturday, October 31, 2015, 3 pm at the Roe Jan Library
“The Hillsdale Toll House”
Speakers: Peter Cipkowski and William Krattinger


Friday, July 3, 5-7 pm at the Museum
Summer Exhibit Opening

Friday, June 19, 2015, 6 pm
Annual Meeting
Speaker: Marty Podskoch “CCC Camps”

Sunday, May 17, 2015, 2 pm at the Museum
The Summer Camps of the Roe Jan Area
Panel: Ed Horrowitz (Camp Pontiac) Cindy Raabe and Sharon Powers (Greenwich House)


Sunday, April 12, 2015, 2 pm at the Museum
The Mohicans of Bash Bish Falls
Speaker: Paul McBride
Co-sponsored by the Mount Washington Historical Society


Sunday, March 15, 2015, 2 pm
“Creating a Museum at the Copake Iron Works”
Panel: Jim Macken, Robin Bruce, Bob Hunter



Sunday, November 9, 2014, 3 pm at the Library
“A History of Hillsdale”
Speaker: Peter Cipkowski
Co-sponsored by Historic Hillsdale


Sunday, October 26, 2014, 2 pm at the Museum
“The Greenwich House Camp”
The panel includes: Sharon Powers, Susan, Flora and Herb Bergquist


Sunday, September 21, 2014, 2 pm at the Museum
“The Railroads of the Roe Jan Area”
Panel: David Saums, W. George Cook, Patrick Delgrande


Sunday, June 20, 2014, 6 pm
Annual Meeting at Swiss Hutte
Speaker: David Saums on the Harlem Railroad


Sunday, April 12, 2014, 2 pm at the Museum
“The History of Charcoal Making in Mount Washington”
Speakers: Mary King Austin and Cory Hines


Sunday, March 16, 2014, 2 pm at the Museum
“Trains in the Roe Jan Area and Beyond”
Speaker: Bernard Rudberg



Sunday, November 2, 2013, 2 pm at the Ancram Town Hall
“One Room School Houses”
Speakers: Roger Mooney and Lynne Perrella


Saturday, October 26, 2013, 1 pm at the Museum
“Art in the Park”
Speaker: Jim Macken

Sunday, October 20, 2013, 2 pm at the Museum
“A Panel on Roe Jan Recreation”
Panel: Rich Edwards, Bill Newcomb, Judy Whitbeck, Ray Doherty and the Shackshober Family


Friday, September 20, 2013, 7 pm at Hillsdale Town Hall
“A History of  Roe Jan Community Library”
Speaker: Peter Cipkowski


Saturday, June 15, 2013, 1 pm
Garden Event


Sunday, May 19, 2013, 2 pm
“A Mostly True History of Copake Falls aka Snake Pond”
Speaker: Peter Cipkowski


Sunday, April 21, 2013, 2 pm
“The Historic Churches of Ancram”
Speakers: Monica Cleveland, Clara Van Tassel, Robin Massa

Sunday, March 17, 2013,  pm
“Lincoln’s Secret”
Speaker: Edward Peck

Saturday, November 10, 2012, 2 pm
“The History of Undermountain Golf Course”
Speakers: Pat and Jack Shakshober and Trish MacArthur


Sunday, October 28, 2012, 2 pm
“The Great Road: Henry Knox and the Revolutionary War Trail in Western Massachusetts”
Speaker: Bernard A. Drew


Sunday, September 23, 2012, 2 pm
“A History of the Roe Jan School”
Speaker: Peter Cipkowski