Women’s History Month: The Night that A Nazi Bomb Did Not Drop on Copake Falls, and Other Stories of Copake Women in Power

By Howard Blue

Thanks to a congressional proclamation in 1987, March is Women’s History month. The designation came about as a result of the short shrift that women have traditionally gotten in many ways. Until 1839, for example, no American woman could own property. Then, in that year, Mississippi gave its female residents that right. Until […]

2020-04-02T10:45:19-04:00March 26th, 2020|

History from Home- Area Museums Open their Virtual Doors

The arrival of the COVID-19 virus in America and the resulting state mandates in the Tri-State area advising residents to remain home and for non-essential businesses to temporarily close their doors has undoubtedly had an impact on those places that require foot traffic or the in-person experience to maintain viability. As the Northwestern Corner and […]

2020-03-25T13:40:13-04:00March 25th, 2020|

ROELIFF JANSEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY Presents; Remarkable Women of the Roe Jan Area Part 1

Elinor Mettler – Modern Trail Blazer

Women’s History Month is the perfect time to celebrate Elinor Mettler, who co-founded the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society (RJHS) in 1974. Elinor, known for her dynamism and seemingly limitless energy, was also a major force in saving and preserving the “Old Falls Copake Church,” built in 1892, now […]

2020-03-18T13:07:40-04:00March 18th, 2020|

The Perils of Parsimony, 1881 – A THANKSGIVING STORY

The following cautionary tale was published in the November 24, 1881 issue of the Hillsdale Harbinger.

“The Badgerleys coming here to spend Thanksgiving?” said Mrs. Nettingley. “Not if I know it.”

Mrs. Nettingley was a close-fisted and calculating matron, who lived in a handsome house in a stylish neighborhood in New York and was one of those […]

2019-11-21T21:48:21-05:00November 21st, 2019|

Don’t Have a Cow

Over the years, a number of celebrities have lived in or visited Hillsdale. Some were not famous when they lived here but achieved celeb status elsewhere. But Hillsdale was always “home.” A case in point was Hudson River School painter John Bunyan Bristol, who was born in Hillsdale but achieved prominence in New York City. […]

2019-11-11T14:37:06-05:00November 11th, 2019|

The Writing Life – James Agee in Hillsdale – Part 2

Agee left Fortune to join Time magazine as book reviewer and film critic. In 1942 he moved to The Nation where his film criticism found a growing circle of intellectual admirers, including W.H. Auden, who wrote “In my opinion, [Agee’s] column is the most remarkable regular event in American journalism today.” As a film reviewer, […]

2019-10-11T08:57:00-04:00October 10th, 2019|

The Writing Life – James Agee in Hillsdale – Part 1

James Agee was a commanding literary voice in mid-20th-century America: an extraordinarily versatile writer who in his lifetime won acclaim as a novelist, poet, and screenwriter. He is buried on a farm in Hillsdale.

That’s not big news. But we’ve also been told for years that he never actually lived in Hillsdale.  That seemed odd.  Why […]

2019-10-07T15:16:24-04:00October 7th, 2019|


By 1875, Hillsdale’s sheep farmers were producing some 17,000 pounds of wool per year. Several textile mills were built. One, operated by just two men, produced 600 pounds of flannel and cloth annually.

Iron ore was discovered in Hillsdale as early as 1800, although mining was never a big business here. But the furnace at the […]

2019-09-23T09:54:49-04:00September 23rd, 2019|

Moments in Time: Then and Now

Sometimes it’s easy to forget just how much history surrounds us everyday. We wake up, commute to work or school, drive down roads and pass by places that have become so familiar to us that they seem to only exist in our present. The truth is, however, the area we call home is so steeped […]

2020-01-28T14:38:11-05:00September 21st, 2019|