Renovations, Research, and Recognition

In the upcoming months, the East Fishkill Historical Society will be updating you on the renovations of the Brinckerhoff House Historic Site.  The recently moved 1870 Ice House, which was moved from across the road of Town Hall, will be getting a new roof, and the large unfinished attic will be cleared from its old display.  Once the roof of the Ice House is fixed, we will install an exhibit of the ice industry in the Hudson River Valley.

We are also due for a detailed, yet brief, update on the research of Sergeant Clinton J. Peterson of the 369th Infantry of World War I.  The resources are abundant: in newspapers, and through personal diaries and scrapbooks.  A narrative and exhibit is definitely in the works, and his personal possessions are under good care in our Collections Room.  As a matter of fact, we just ordered new archival material, such as extra large newspaper boxes to store newspapers, maps, and indenture documents.

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The East Fishkill Historical Society does not only serve as an organization which preserves our local history, but we also want to encourage those in our community, who are interested and who have time, to get involved.  Our team at the Brinckerhoff House Historic Site is active, and we are slowly receiving more and more recognition from the public and the press.  A couple of weeks ago, the Directors of Mid Hudson Historic Destinations, Roy Jorgenson, and Lynn Eberle, invited the Southern Dutchess Press to the Brinckerhoff House to talk with our Curator, Michael Barootjian, and our Director, Malcolm Mills.  A few months ago, Michael finished designing and creating a brochure for MHHD, and they launched 20,000 to 27 different historic sites and cultural centers in the Mid Hudson region.

The Harlem Hellfighters: Our U.S. Army’s 369th Infantry in World War I

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Set up in the East Fishkill Historical Society, Michael Barootjian, a curator, has begun to preserve primary documents which relate to Sgt. Clinton Peterson’s life in and after World War I.

The East Fishkill Historical Society was recently donated a diary of Sergeant Clinton Peterson of New York City’s 369th Infantry.  The diary was written by Peterson when he was in France, and it is titled, “Somewhere in France.”  Along with the diary, various items relating to his life and his wife’s life are now included in our collection.  The documents which we possess are rare and full of information about Peterson’s family, and life after World War I, but his war diary was written during World War I.  Currently, the Director of the East Fishkill Historical Society, Malcolm Mills, is transcribing Peterson’s diary, and other members, including myself, are working with the other various documents.  These documents were folded and were not protected or kept the right way for generations and decades, but we have put in much effort to ensure their conditions.

If interested in helping further research please contact Michael Barootjian at barootm@gmail.com