Past Chapter Events


Sunday, May 24 the chapter dedicated US Revolutionary War Veteran markers placed for 44 patriots at the Reformed Church cemetery in Rhinebeck. Many folks from the DAR, SAR, and other lineage societies were present, as well as a large crowd of spectators.


Saturday, April 25 the chapter attended the Columbia Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter, NSSAR's dedication of US Revolutionary War Veteran markers at the Lutheran Church in Red Hook. Regent Sarah K Hermans spoke about lineage to patriots and promoted our event to come in May.


Monday, April 13 Flag of the U.S.A. chairman Diana Thorley presented this year's contest winners with their prizes at the Starr Library. We were joined by members of American Legion Post 429 who demonstrated proper flag handling techniques. Below are Commander Alex Sabo and Wayne Rifenburgh, and three of the four winners.


Saturday, September 13, 2014 Regent Sarah K Hermans and Vice-Regent Lida Traver-Landy participated in Pine Plains Colonial History Day by dressing in period garb. The Regent spoke about lineage to patriots and about the project to mark graves in Rhinebeck.


Saturday, September 6, 2014 the chapter held a joint luncheon with Mahwenawasigh Chapter and our speaker was local history teacher and Revolutionary War interperator Neil Murry who spoke on Material Culture of the Rev. War Soldier.


Saturday, August 9 and Sunday, August 10, 2014 the chapter had a tag sale fundraiser (and bake sale!) which raised nearly $1,000! Almost two dozen members helped in various ways to make it possible. Below is a view of the back yard at 9:00 AM on the first day.


Monday, May 26, 2014 we marched in the Rhinebeck Memorial Day Parade and regent Sarah K Hermans presented a wreathe to honor Maj. Gen. Richard Montgomery. We marched this year with friends from Mahwenawasigh Chapter!


Wednesday, May 21 and Thursday, May 22, 2014 our chapter house was a stop on the 7th Grade Historic Rhinebeck Walking tour. Scroll down to see the post about the first year's event. Below are some of our members in costume on the porch and just a fraction of the kids who visited us over two days!


Saturday, May 17, 2014 was Historic Rhinebeck Day, sponsored by the Rhinebeck Chamber of Commerce. We had a table in front of A. L. Stickle on West Market St to share information about the chapter and our Patriot Marker project, and members also spoke to visitors at the Reformed Church Cemetery on South St.

 


Monday, April 14, 2014 Flag of the U.S.A. chairman Diana Thorley presented this year's contest winners with their prizes at the Starr Library. We were joined by three members of American Legion Post 429 who demonstrated proper flag handling techniques. Below are Wayne Rifenburgh, Bill McGann, Commander Alex Sabo, Regent Sarah K Hermans, and Diana Thorley and three of the four winners.


Saturday, April 5, 2014we held our annual Lineage Research Workshop with the the Columbia Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and guest Gretchen Marasco, NYSDAR Lineage Research Chairman. It was well attended.


Saturday, October 19, 2013 our chapter with the Hendrick Hudson Chapter hosted speaker Joseph Vermaelen, President, Long Island Chapter, NSSAR who spoke on Tryon's List and Prisoner-of-War Patriots. Below are some (but not all) of the CLC members who attended the event.


Friday, September 6, 2013 our chapter with Melzingah Chapter and Mahwenawasigh Chapter held a "Dutchess County DAR" luncheon with speaker Dutchess County Historian, William P. Tatum, III who spoke about the history of democracy in the county.


May 31, 2013, New York State Organization, NSDAR members from many different chapters attended the annual ceremony to honor the memory of New York soldiers who died of smallpox following the siege of Quebec and who are buried at Fort Chambly. Vice-Regent Lida Traver-Landy and Christine Brice took part this year and sent us wonderful pictures including the one below.


Photo courtesy of Christine Brice


May 27, 2013, Chancellor Livingston Chapter marched in the Rhinebeck Memorial Day Parade and presented a wreath at the ceremony at the cemetery in honor of Gen. Richard Mongtomery.


Diana Thorley, Brenda Klaproth, Lida Traver-Landy, Karla Cook, Linda Mayo and Sarah K Hermans.
Photo courtesy of Sarah K Hermans


May 23 and 24, 2013, we tried something new which was a huge success! Joann Schmidt organized a 7th grade walking history tour of Rhinebeck. 100 students in small groups made the trip over the two days to visit sites like the Post Office, Museum of Rhinebeck History, Starr Library and our little Gen. Richard Montgomery and Janet Livingston House. On hand over the two days were Joann Schmidt, Joanne Clarke, Dottie Fricker, Sharon Isliker, Susan Droege and Sarah K Hermans.


Dottie on the left and Joann on the Right. Photo courtesy of Sarah K Hermans


April 27, 2013, our chapter teamed up once more with the Columbia Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution for an informative lineage workshop. Below are CMHV President Tim Middlebrook, our Chapter Regent Sarah K Hermans, Starr Libary's Beverly Kane and standing is our Chapter Registrar Susan Droege.


Photo courtesy of Sarah K Hermans


April 9, 2013, Flag of the U.S.A. Chairman Diana Thorley conducted another successful essay contest for local school children. This year the ceremony was held in the Starr Library as it had outgrown our little meeting room at our chapter house!


Photo courtesy of Sarah K Hermans


April 23, 2013, Literacy Chairman Molly Olson and Lida Traver-Landy distributed 90 books as part of World Book Night. Below, they are seen distributing some of them to Kurt Toback of the Terraces at Brookmeade.


Photo courtesy of Molly Olson


February 24, 2013, Regent Sarah K Hermans spoke to the Stanford Historical Society. She's pictured here with SHS President, Kathie Spiers.


Photo courtesy of Karla Cook


December 1, 2012, our Gen. Richard Montgomery and Janet Livingston House was again open for tours. Below are Marilyn Hatch, Gary Petagine as the General and Diana Thorley.


Photo courtesy of Karla Cook


November 16, 2012, both the chapter and the Museum of Rhinebeck History held their annual auction fundraiser. Below are members of both organizations helping to sell various items to support our causes at the Town Hall in Rhinebeck.


Photo courtesy of Karla Cook


At our annual New York State DAR conference in 2012, Vice Regent Lida Traver-Landy (center) represented our chapter as she wore her vintage Civil War costume to the dinner with that theme.


Photo courtesy of Sarah Hermans


September 14, 2013, Rev. Roger Leonard spoke to our invited guests at the Beekman Arms regarding his latest book "Upper Red Hook - An American Crossroad"


Photo courtesy of Sarah Hermans


May 28, 2012, the chapter marched in the Rhinebeck Memorial Day Parade, follow by the wreath-laying ceremony at the Rhinebeck Cemetery afterwards. Six members rode and walked, three of them in costume.


Front of car: Honorary Chapter Regents Lida Traver-Landy and Ada Harrison. Back seat: Chaplain, Nancy Finkle.
Photo courtesy of Sarah Hermans

May 19, 2012, the Columbia Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter, NSSAR, held a patriot grave-marking ceremony for two cemeteries in neighboring Columbia County. Sharon Islilker represented our chapter at this event, which was attended by her distant cousins, members of the SAR chapter and the Hendrick Hudson Chapter, NSDAR, pictured below.


Photo courtesy of Sharon Isliker


April 2012, was a busy month for the chapter! The following events all took place that month:

Literacy Chairman Molly Olson and Lida Traver-Landy distributed 20 copies each of "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," "Q is for Quarry," and "Enders Game" as part of World Book Night to the Baptist Home, Archcare at Ferncliff, and Northern Dutchess Hospital.


Photo courtesy of Molly Olson

Flag of the USA Chairman Diana Thorley presented that committee's essay contest winners at our April chapter meeting. This year, as last year, our winners were four girls from local grade schools.


Photo courtesy of Sarah Hermans

On Earth Day, several members were present on a drizzly afternoon at the chapter house to officially plant three Tidal Basin Cherry Trees as part of the very beginning of our garden restoration project. These trees are descendants of those given to Washington DC by the Japanese Government 100 years ago.


Rear, Left to Right: Joanne Clarke, Linda Mayo, Brenda Klaproth, Lida Traver-Landy, and Molly Olson.
Front: Sharon Isliker and Garden Chairman, Melanie Bonanza. Photo courtesy of Sarah Hermans

Another successful lineage workshop was held at the end of April 2012, with almost 20 prospective DAR members as well as some SAR prospects in attendance. At the time of this posting, three of these ladies have their papers in at National and many more are in process.


Prospective members meet with Membership Chairman, Sarah K Hermans after session 1 of the workshop.
Photo courtesy of Marty Hermans


In December 2012, our chapter once again opened our doors for Rhinebeck's annual Sinterklaas Day. Our friend, Gary Petagine, played General Richard Montgomery and our Curtator Marilyn Hatch played his widow, Janet Livingston. Their letters were read to a captive audience.


Photo courtesy of Sarah Hermans


Pictured below are the attendees of our annual chapter picnic, June, 2011. Front Row: New member Babara Bagnold, her mother Marjorie Bagnold of Chevy Chase, MD Chapter, and Regent Sarah K Hermans. Standing: Chaplain Nancy Finkle, PR Betsey Wacker, Registrar Nancy Kelly, new members Marty Hermans and Kim McConville, and Treasurer Lida Traver-Landy.


Photo courtesy of Sarah Hermans


We marched yet again in costume in the Rhinebeck Memorial Day Parade, 2011. Pictured are Lida Traver-Landy, who is driving, and Nancy Finkle and Ada Harrison, who are riding the Mustang which was provided by Rhinebeck Ford. Marching in costume and bearing the banner are Diana Thorley and Sarah K Hermans, and Brenda Klaproth in the lead.


Photo by Daniel Timoldi, courtesy of the Pougkeepsie Journal

Diana Thorley bearing the chapter banner on a very hot Memorial Day.


Photo by Daniel Timoldi, courtesy of the Pougkeepsie Journal


"Rendezvous With Treason" - The Andre/Arnold Conspiracy.

Reenactors Gary Petagine and Sean Grady presented their fantastic program at the Beekman Arms in Rhinebeck, presented by the Chancellor Livingston Chapter, NSDAR, The Museum of Rhinebeck History, and the Rhinebeck Historical Society, April 2011.


A view of the audience at the event. Photo courtesy of Sarah Hermans


The chapter held its annual open house on December 4, 2010. Once again, we were lucky to have Gary Petagine who usually reenacts the life of Benedict Arnold play Richard Montgomery for us. He read aloud letters from the then Major General to his wife, Janet. Guests enjoyed holiday snacks, decorations, and tours of Montgomery's home.


Gary Petagine, Curator Marilyn Hatch and Regent Sarah K Hermans at the Chapter House. Photo courtesy of Sarah Hermans


Pictured below is our 2010 Annual Holiday Auction at the Rhinebeck Town Hall, 80 East Market St. in Rhinebeck, to benefit the chapter and the Museum of Rhinebeck History.


Treasurer, Brenda Klaproth auctions items at the Town Hall in Rhinebeck.
Photo courtesy of Paul Neidercorn


Members Betsey Wacker and Joan DeLuca sit at the table, at the tag sale, at Brenda Klaproth's house in the fall of 2010. It was a chilly day!


Photo courtesy of Paul Klaproth


The Rhinebeck Memorial Day parade seemed longer and better than ever in 2010. Members of the Chancellor Livingston Chapter, also did their part to take their participation up a notch, and for the first time in memory, dressed in period costume while marching in the 86 degree heat! Other members also followed in the convertible loaned to us this year by Lou Ruge.

Sarah K. Hermans, Diana Thorley and Brenda Klaproth at the Chapter House
Sarah K. Hermans, Diana Thorley and Brenda Klaproth before the parade at the Chapter House. Photo courtesy of Marty Hermans


Past Chapter Regent Lida Traver-Landy, and daughters Molly Olson and Sarah K. Hermans attended the NYS Officer's Club celebration of Margaret Corbin Day at West Point on May 4. Aside from the annual ceremony to honor this brave woman who took her husband's place on the battlefield during the Revolution, attendees heard a talk by LTC Diane Ryan. Additionally, members sat with one of the cadets in the Margaret Corbin Forum, at the academy, during lunch.


Cadets march after the ceremony to honor Margaret Corbin. Photo courtesy of Sarah K. Hermans


Saturday, June 12, the chapter, in conjunction with the Museum of Rhinebeck History, held the 4th bi-annual Rhinebeck House and Garden Tour to benefit both organizations. The tour began at the chapter house, 77 Livingston St., with a breakfast and registration in the pouring rain. The tour kicked off at 10:00 a.m. and the rain held off for the duration, ending at 4:00 p.m. with a lecture at the Phantom Gardener in Rhinebeck.

2010 DAR - Museum of Rhinebeck History House and Garden Tour
House and Garden tourists assemble in the morning in back of the chapter house. Photo courtesy of Sarah K. Hermans


Anthony P. Musso, a writer for the Poughkeepsie Journal and author of "FDR and the Post Office: A Young Boy's Fascination; A World Leader's Passion" spoke to us about his book and the relevant local history associated with the former President and Hyde Park resident's passion for stamps.

Anthony P. Musso, Author of FDR and the Post Office: A Young Boy's Fascination; A World Leader's Passion
Anthony Musso gives his talk on FDR and the Post Office. Photo courtesy of Sarah K. Hermans


On December 5, 2009, the chapter house was open to the public during Rhinebeck's Sinterklaas Day for a Christmas celebration and reading of General Montgomery's letters to his wife, Janet. We were delighted to have reenactors Gary Petagine and Sean Grady from Treason1780 on hand (pictured below with our Curator, Marilyn Hatch) to add to the spirit of the season.

Gary Petagine, Sean Grady and  Marilyn Hatch
Gary Petagine, Sean Grady and Marilyn Hatch. Photo courtesy of Joann Schmidt


On June 6th, 2009, Daughter Linda Mayo represented our chapter at the Saranac Chapter, NSDAR's memorial service for the 1st Dutchess County Militia, which lost 200 soldiers to smallpox after the Battle of Montreal, in which our General Richard Montgomery was killed. Pictured below is the memorial itself, located on the grounds of Fort Chambly in Quebec, Canada, and at the podium is Saranac Chapter Daughter, Deborah Gifford.

1st Dutchess County Militia Memorial
Photo courtesy of Linda Mayo

There were a number of dignitaries in attendance, including one gentleman who had landed with allied forces in Normandy on D-Day. New York District IV Director, Barbara Green, is pictured in center of the photo below, to her left is Deborah Gifford, and to her left is our own Linda Mayo.

1st Dutchess County Militia Memorial
Photo courtesy of Linda Mayo


On June 6, 2009, the chapter was host to the annual House and Garden Tour co-sponsored by the Museum of Rhinebeck History. There was a free continental breakfast at the chapter house where participants picked up tickets and programs. The House and Garden Tour included seven gardens, four interiors, and a lecture on bulbs. A box-lunch was made available to participants.

The turnout was great, the weather was perfect, and the visitors had a great time. People attended from all over the Hudson Valley, New Jersey, New York City, as well two ladies from Massachusetts and Texas who were in the area for an evening wedding. Thanks to the Events Committee members for their hard work, and to chapter and museum members who purchased tickets, sold them to friends, baked, provided raffle items, took program ads, and created and paid for the tickets.


May 25, 2009, our chapter marched once again in the Rhinebeck Memorial Day parade.

Chancellor Livingston Chapter daughters
Above are Diana Thorley; Treasurer, Brenda Klaproth; Sarah K Hermans; Historian, Ada Harrison; and Chapter Regent, Lida Traver-Landy. Photo courtesy of Sarah K Hermans.

Memorial Day in Rhinebeck
Regent, Lida Traver-Landy laid a wreath at the ceremony in the cemetery after the parade. Photo courtesy of Sarah K Hermans.


On a beautiful spring afternoon, April 26, 2009, children ages 7-13 gathered at the chapter house to participate in the first Janet Livingston/Richard Montgomery Treasure Hunt. Children came from Rhinebeck, Red Hook, Pine Plains, and Cold Spring. After a brief history of Richard Montgomery, Janet Livingston, the DAR, and the contest rules, they were on their way to hunt for references related to these former prominent residents. The most ‘treasures’ reported were twenty, with five located at the Rhinebeck Post Office.

Janet Livingston/Richard Montgomery treasure hunt winners
Photo courtesy of Brenda Klaproth

The hunt concluded with a short written test and ice cream provided by Stewart’s. The top winners in their age groups, all from Rhinebeck, were awarded a gift card from Village Pizza.

The Chancellor Livingston Chapter, NSDAR, would like to thank Stewart's for donating the ice cream, the Montgomery Post of the American Legion, and the Beekman Arms, for accommodating our contestants without prior notice, and to Post Master Frank Barton and Ellen Hubbard (Deacon of the Reformed Dutch Church) for opening their buildings to accommodate us. Finally, a special thanks to Cathy Washburn for helping our members serve the ice cream.


“What the Flag of the United States Means to Me” was the subject for the NSDAR Flag Essay Contest this year. The contest is held every year and is open to all 5th and 6th graders. The Chancellor Livingston Chapter participates in this activity by mailing letters of instruction to all the local schools. This year there were 46 responses from Red Hook and Rhinebeck schools.

Flag Essay Winners
Photo courtesy of Brenda Klaproth

The winning essays belonged to children from schools in Rhinebeck and Red Hook. Awards were given at the chapter meeting held on April 13, 2009.
The 1st Place winner's essay was forwarded to New York State Organization, NSDAR, for the selection of State winner.
Our chapter looks forward to next year and all of the schools’ participants.


At our first meeting of the NSDAR year, in September 2009, two of our members were presented with NSDAR Community Service Awards for their outstanding contributions to the Rhinebeck community throughout the years.


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