Historians to “Cold Read” Artifacts

Society launches monthly lectures

The Dutchess County Historial Society has scheduled the first of its series of monthly “Decoding the Past” lunches, which will continue through June, for noon on Feb. 8 at Locust Grove, on Route 9 in Poughkeepsie. The program will focus on how historians and curators “read” artifacts and the process that historical societies use to decide which objects to add to their collections.

The first program focuses on Dutchess County in the Civil War and will include “cold readings” by specialists of a manumission certificate, a recruiting poster and a soldier’s leather bag. Light refreshments will be provided but participants are asked to bring their own lunch.

Future sessions, which take place on the second Monday of the month, will address local businesses, advertising artwork, portraiture and patriotic memorabilia.

Reservations are required. Tickets are $10 for historical society members and $15 for non-members. Series tickets are $40 for members and $60 for non-members. Locust Grove is located at 2683 South Road (Route 9). For more information, call 845-471-1630 or email dchistorical@verizon.net.

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