Rhinebeck Historical Society –

 
As we approach the Memorial Day weekend, we wanted to bring you up to date on our 2013 Civil War commemorative activities. 

1. There is a display about the war in Town Hall prepared by Nancy Kelly.

2. The Starr library also has a display with artifacts from both the Rhinebeck Historical Society and Museum of Rhinebeck History archives which was prepared by Beverly Kane and Elizabeth Clarke.

3. This week Mike Frazier and David Miller set up a display, also at the Starr library, of a Civil War flag. This thirty-four star silk flag was sewn for the 150th Dutchess County Regiment by the ladies of the Dorcas Guild, Rhinebeck Reformed Church. It was carried by our Rhinebeck soldiers during the battle of Gettysburg and is on display to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the battle that took place July 1-3, 1863. This flag is one of the most important items in our archives and it will be on display until mid-July. 

4. On July 4 we are going to have a ceremony at the Post Office at 10am to remember the battle of Gettysburg. In this hour long program we will talk about the battle itself and the role that our Rhinebeck soldiers played in this critical event that marked the turning point of the war. So far we have lined up the Legion Color Guard, Wayne Rifenburgh, Pastor Mark Isaacs, Mike Frazier and David Miller. Alan Coon, Beverly Kane and Nancy Kelly are working on a poster for the event listing all of the Rhinebeck veterans buried in the Rhinebeck Cemetery. Flyers will be distributed around town advertising the ceremony. In the event of rain it will be held at Town Hall.

5. On Sunday, November 10 at 3pm we will have a Veterans Day event at the Elmendorph inn in Red Hook. This will be a joint program by the Red Hook and Rhinebeck Historical Societies. We will be reading letters from and telling stories of some of our Civil War soldiers.