Local Collections by Local Collectors.  The urge to collect is one of human nature’s most natural instincts. From the typical collections of baseball cards, stamps, and coins to extremely varied collections, people are constantly gathering objects and classifying them with their own personal system.

The RJHS summer exhibit brings together an eclectic selection of collections that have been compiled by residents of the Roe Jan area and items that have been donated to our archive.

Each collection presents an opportunity to learn a little about a topic that may have never crossed our mind.  They also provide a glimpse into the life and personality of their collectors and, in turn, into a small facet of the local community and surrounding region. There are numerous reasons for collecting; ranging from vocational interest to associations the objects evoke of a particular person, place, or event.  Oftentimes it is the sheer interest of the objects themselves and the various “stories” they have to tell.  Besides the personal associations collections often harbor, they also can tell us much about the time, place, and people who made them.  Dean Knox and Judy Whitbeck have generously loaned items from their family collections, and
materials donated by both the Terry and Van Deusen families are also on view in the 2018 summer exhibit.

“The care and thought put into the gathering and preservation of objects such as those seen in our summer exhibit that delight small institutions like the RJHS,” said Peter Cipkowski, former President of the RJHS. “In the end, our human desire to collect may be an instinctual way of preserving our culture, not only for ourselves but also for generations to come.”

Open on Saturdays and Sundays in July and August at the Museum in Copake Falls from 2 to 4 pm.