Columbia County Historical Society

5 Albany Avenue PO Box 311
Kinderhook, NY 12106
[email protected]


The CCHS collects, preserves, interprets, and presents the history, heritage, and culture of Columbia County, New York, and serves residents of all eighteen Columbia County towns, and the City of Hudson. For more than 100 years, thousands of people from all across Columbia County and beyond have enjoyed our varied exhibitions, historic properties, and educational programs. 

Founded in 1916, the CCHS has evolved to a cultural anchor in the County. We publish an award-winning scholarly magazine and produce an ongoing lecture series. A vital community resource, our research library holds important and unique maps, photographs, and other archival and genealogical material relating to Columbia County's heritage.  

The CCHS is a not-for-profit, 501(c )(3) organization comprised of a complex of museums, house museums, research library, genealogical archives, and permanent collection dedicated to preserving, interpreting, and presenting the history and culture of Columbia County, New York, through its permanent collections and the Columbia County Historical Society Museum, the National Historic Landmark Luykas Van Alen House, the James Vanderpoel 'House of History', Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse, and Columbia County Research Library.