Local History Talk: The History and Work of Preserving the Jan Van Hoesen House

The Jan Van Hoesen House on Route 66

The library History Room presents the latest in its Local History Speaker Series: The History and Work of Preserving the Jan Van Hoesen House by Ed Klingler on Thursday, April 26 at 6pm. If you have driven by this distinctive Dutch colonial style house on Route 66 near the Dutch Village Mobile Home Park and wondered about its mysterious presence, now is your chance to learn about its history and significance!

The program’s speaker, Ed Klingler, is a co-founder of the Van Hoesen House Historical Foundation and has been a builder specializing in accurate historic restorations for over forty years – an interest cultivated in him by the Van Hoesen house as a child growing up in Columbia County in the 1960’s.

The Van Hoesen House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior. The Preservation League of New York State announced its Seven to Save list at the New York’s State Capital in 2009, and Van Hoesen House was second on the list. “This site exemplifies the themes of Dutch settlement along the Hudson River and its tributaries,” said league president Jay DiLorenzo.

Ruth Piwonka, author on local history and Kinderhook historian, wrote in the nomination of the Van Hoesen House for the National Historic Register: “The Jan Van Hoesen house is one of approximately seven brick dwellings that survive from the first half of the eighteenth century and that represent a colonial architectural style unique to the Dutch community of old Albany County during that period.”

The Van Hoesen House Historical Foundation was founded in 2005 with its primary mission to find a long-term preservation solution for the deteriorating Jan Van Hoesen house, which is located just outside the city of Hudson on State Rt. 66 in the Town of Claverack, NY.  The house itself is an exemplary example of Dutch colonial architecture, while the families that have lived there have a deep connection to Columbia County history. For more information visit www.janvanhoesenhouse.org

A question and answer period and refreshments will follow the talk. Donations to the Van Hoesen House Historical Foundation can be made at this event. For more information email programs@hudsonarealibrary.org, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.

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