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Department of History

The Dutchess County Department of History’s primary responsibility is to preserve and promote our understanding of the county’s past and how it impacts us today. In pursuing these objectives, we work closely with our partners in county government and in the community at large.

The department collaborates with more than 100 historical organizations in the county, ranging from the municipal historians and historical societies to preservation groups and historic sites. We provide assistance to the County Clerk with records management projects, and conduct research and exhibit work in conjunction with other county departments.

The department also offers active heritage tourism opportunities throughout the year in collaboration with Dutchess Tourism and numerous historical organizations.

We are happy to field inquiries from the general public, providing information and connecting individuals to specialists in the field. 


Resources for Researchers

Dutchess County History

Events Calendar