Thursday, April 24, 2008

What happened in 1959???

To really appreciate how people celebrate major historical anniversaries, it does not hurt to review the past. The following list details events from 1959... very interesting reading.

SOME THINGS OF NOTE... THERE SEEMS to have been a 50 year anniversary for something w/ the Historical Society... so, that means 2009 would be a 100 years. Seems like we shouldn't let some of this slip by. And now the 110th anniversary of the Ghent Band... LOTS of parades, home tours and "pageants".

There was even some sort of dedication at Clarmont... which would now be 50 years old. What about re-dedications?

NOW the 300th anniversary for Germantown park? Should this go unnoticed? There was even a "BALL" at the Hudson Armory... there seems to have been a half-dozen parades of fire trucks.. wouldn't that be something to have a vintage fire-truck parade?

Hudson Champlain 1959 Celebration – Columbia County Events

May 1: Opening “House of History”
Kinderhook series of exhibits on Columbia County History Kinderhook

May 9: 165th Anniversary first volunteer fire fighting company
in NYS – J. W. Edmonds Hose Co., Hudson parade of
Hudson Valley fire units

May 10: V-E Day celebration, Chatham American Legion Post 42
Planting of tree from World War II battlefield of France,
Participation by French Military personnel, veterans. Chatham

May 23: 50th Anniversary – Livingston Grange Livingston

May 24: Antique car exhibit, automobilist of Upper Hudson Valley
Vintage car display, races, sponsored by Chatham Lions and
Exchange Clubs, fairgrounds Chatham

May 30: Opening whaling exhibit, collection of antique and historic
Items, DAR Museum, Warren Street Hudson

May 30 & 31: Memorial Day, historic observances parade Stuyvesant

June 5,6,7: Homecoming Days, tour of old homes, strawberry
Festival, pageant Claverack

June 13: Kinderhook Garden Club Summer Flower Show
St. Paul’s Church, Parish Hall – ‘Year of History’ theme Kinderhook

June 20: Opening, House of History, headquarters
Columbia County Historical Society Kinderhook

June 26 & 27: Town of Austerlitz, Reunion Days,
Dancing in Village Square, Antique Show, parade
Tour of homes, dedication historical markers, festival Austerlitz

July 4: Old Dutch Day, mobile display of historic
Pageantry, parade, fireworks Kinderhook

July 4: Hudson-Champlain Celebration Kinderhook

July 4: Pageant, Parade Niverville

July 9: Opening concert, 60th anniversary series
Ghent Town Band Ghent

July 11: Tour of old homes: 10:30 – Noon
1:30 – 4:30 Canaan

July 11: Square Dance (concert will precede the
Historical observance) Canaan

July 12: Special services in local churches Canaan

July 12: Special exercises at the Berkshire Farm for Boys Canaan

July 17 & 19: Founder’s Day, arts, crafts display Hillsdale

July 25: Columbia County Volunteer Firemen’s
Association – convention, display of apparatus
from American Museum of Firefighting Greenport

Aug. 1: Shaker Museum Festival, display of Shaker
Crafts, music, dancing, fashion show Old Chatham

Aug. 5 & 8: Town of Ghent Celebration, carnival
Historic display of township memorabilia Ghent

Aug. 15: Dedication Clermont, NY – memorial to
Robert R. Livingston, first Lord of the Manor,
By Masonic Lodges of Columba-Putnam-Dutchess
District Clermont

Sept. 6: “Year of History” Day at 119th Annual Chatham Fair,
Floats, choral singing, tableaux Chatham

Sept. 12: Town of Germantown Celebration marking
250th anniversary of arrival of Palatines at East Camp Germantown

Sept. 18: Countywide Celebration, participation by Army,
Navy, Air Force Units, floats, parade, civic, fraternal,
Veteran’s organizations. Hudson

Sept. 19: “Year of History” Ball, armory, Hudson Netherlands officials guests of honor

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