Upcoming Events

Thursday, June 21 - 7:00 pm

The Opioid Crisis on Thursday, June 21 at Library

Victoria McGahan of the Columbia County Health Department will discuss the Opioid Crisis on Thursday, June 21 at 7pm.  She will describe the crisis in Columbia County and discuss current programs and future plans to address it.


Monday, June 25 - 6:00 pm

Hillsdale’s Historic Cemeteries: Pioneers, Patriots & Politics

On Monday June 25 at 6pm, the Roeliff Jansen Community Library will host an encore presentation of “Hillsdale’s Historic Cemeteries: Pioneers, Patriots and Politics.”  This illustrated talk by local historians Jeanne Kiefer and Lauren Letellier was first given at the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society on May 20.

Jeanne and Lauren have been active in identifying and documenting Hillsdale’s 15 known cemeteries – from tiny family plots to abandoned church graveyards to rural cemeteries.  The sites reveal the story of a vanished past when the region played a dynamic role in America’s transition from the colonial era to the early Republic. Many of the cemeteries are today in sad repair, but some still-legible headstones provide rich clues for examining Hillsdale’s early history, and are one of the last best links to that time for historians, genealogists, descendants and the community at large.

The presentation will run about one hour, with Q&A to follow, and will focus on the stories behind the Krum Church Cemetery in Northwest Hillsdale and the recently re-discovered McKinstry Family Plot on upper Hunt Road.

Jeanne Kiefer moved to Hillsdale in 2009. She is a graduate of Skidmore College, taught art in Boston and Istanbul, and was for many years an editor at Consumer Reports. Jeanne can trace her ancestry back 13 generations to the first Dutch settlers on Long Island, and she has a fascinating historical link to Roeliff Jansen, which she’ll explain in her presentation.

Lauren Letellier moved to Hillsdale in 2014 after an award-winning career in marketing communications and public relations in New York City. She is a performer and playwright, and shares the title of Hillsdale Historian with her husband, Chris Atkins. Follow their blog at hillsdalehistorians.wordpress.com.



Thursday, June 28 - 6:30 pm

Culvert Project Public Informational Meeting

On June 28 at Town Hall, there is a Co. Rte. 21 Culvert Replacement project Public Info/Open House meeting.  Read more.



Friday, June 29 - 6:00 pm

RJHS Summer Exhibit Sneak Peak

Join us for our opening party of the summer exhibit, Local Collections by Local Collectors, on Friday, June 29 from 6 to 8 pm.

Local collections by Local Collectors.  The urge to collect is one of human nature’s most natural instincts. From the typical collections of baseball cards, stamps, and coins to extremely varied collections, people are constantly gathering objects and classifying them with their own personal system.

The RJHS summer exhibit brings together an eclectic selection of collections that have been compiled by residents of the Roe Jan area and items that have been donated to our archive.

Each collection presents an opportunity to learn a little about a topic that may have never crossed our mind.  They also provide a glimpse into the life and personality of their collectors and, in turn, into a small facet of the local community and surrounding region. There are numerous reasons for collecting; ranging from vocational interest to associations the objects evoke of a particular person, place, or event.  Oftentimes it is the sheer interest of the objects themselves and the various “stories” they have to tell.  Besides the personal associations collections often harbor, they also can tell us much about the time, place, and people who made them.

“The care and thought put into the gathering and preservation of objects such as those seen in our summer exhibit that delight small institutions like the RJHS,” said Peter Cipkowski, President of the RJHS. “In the end, our human desire to collect may be an instinctual way of preserving our culture, not only for ourselves but also for generations to come.”

The exhibit is open every Saturday and Sunday in July and August at the museum in Copake Falls from 2 to 4 pm.

The  Roeliff Jansen Museum is at Route 344 and Miles Road, a short distance off NY Route 22 in the historic hamlet of Copake Falls, New York.


Sunday, July 29 - 9:00 am

19th Annual Blueberry Festival

Sunday, July 29th  9 am – 4 pm

Adults $7 – under 12 FREE

This ever-popular event features early 19th Century craft demonstrations and wares, antiques and silent auction, live music and entertainment, magic act, activities for children, animals, birds of prey, sheep-shearing, plus many unique and highly talented craft vendors.  There will be blueberries galore and a blueberry pancake breakfast, in addition to a wide selection of tasty food items and baked goods.  (Please note that there is an additional charge for both adults and children for the pancake breakfast.)

No pets, please!


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Sunday, July 30th 9:00am – 4:00pm

18th Annual BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL (Rain or Shine)

Adults $7 – under 12 FREE


Saturday, August 11 - 10:00 am

Hillsdale ArtsWalk

On August 11, the Hillsdale ArtsWalk celebrates the vibrant art community in our area.  Enjoy art in many forms: fine art, heirloom furniture, pottery, handcrafted jewelry, professional photography, mixed media compositions, sculpture, watercolor, stained glass, metalwork, woodcraft.  Artists will be set up under tents in the Hamlet as well as hosted indoors by several businesses on Main Street.  Run by local volunteers and not for profit, the event is designed to give artists a venue to share their work.  Email email hidden; JavaScript is required for more information.

More information about the artists, artisans, musicians and food vendors at Hillsdale NY ArtsWalk can be found at www.fb.com/hillsdaleNYartswalk.