By New York State law, every county, city, town, and village in the state must have a historian. Will Tatum, Country Historian for Dutchess County, visits RadioRotary to describe the many ways that he and his fellow historians promote the story of our own past. Dutchess County, settled in Colonial Days, was most famously the site of battles and developments in the Revolutionary period, but also hosted many of the major players in the 19th and 20th centuries. Some of this history took place in the taverns and inns that have graced the county over its long history; a program called “The Dutchess County Historical Tavern Trail” takes advantage of these, some still operating as taverns or distilleries, to provide an enjoyable way to learn more about county (and national) history. The program also describes the “ancient documents,” which are—despite the name—the historical records of the county, not available online.
Dutchess County Historian: https://www.dutchessny.gov/CountyGov/Departments/History/HSindex.htm
Ancient Documents (of Dutchess County): https://www.dutchessny.gov/DutchessCountyPublicAccess/HistoricalDocuments/HistoricalDocuments.aspx
Dutchess Country Historical Society: https://dchsny.org/
Country, City, Town, and Village Historians: https://www.dutchessny.gov/CountyGov/Departments/History/22592.htm
Dutchess Country Historic Tavern Trail: https://www.meetup.com/DutchessTavernTrail/
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