The Columbia County Historical Society will honor the 100th anniversary of the United States entering the First World War with a special exhibition focusing on WWI’s profound impact on industry and culture in Columbia County – Supreme Sacrifice: Columbia County in World War I. The exhibition will open to the public and commence with a celebratory wine and cocktail reception, on Saturday, October 21 from 4 to 6 pm at the CCHS Museum Gallery in Kinderhook.
Supreme Sacrifice: Columbia County in World War I explores experiences of County citizens both home and abroad, and investigates larger cultural and economical ramifications caused by the Great War on local life. More than 8,300 men and women from Columbia County registered to serve in some capacity during WWI, with over 1,100 seeing active service abroad, and among which there were at least 95 casualties.
This exhibition includes private collections of four men: Nelson Caul Hay (Chatham), Harry Sutherland (Mellenville), Robert R. Wait (Hudson), and Robert Reginald Livingston (Clermont). Their collections, among others, tell stories of Italian immigrants from Hudson, African-Americans from Kinderhook, the first Columbia County resident killed in action, and more. In addition to the military items on display, CCHS is showcasing remnants from life in the County during this times, which includes textiles from its permanent collections, Red Cross material, propaganda posters, and Taghkanic baskets.
The Columbia County Historical Society is located at 5 Albany Ave, Kinderhook. CCHS members, students, and children visit the Museum Galleries & Library free of charge; there is a $5 fee for non-members. The Museum is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays, from noon to 4 pm.
Illustration courtesy Permanent Collection of the Columbia County Historical Society.