Join us for our opening party of the summer exhibit, Local Collections by Local Collectors, on Friday, June 29 from 6 to 8 pm.

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.

“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, 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.”

The  Roeliff Jansen Museum is at Route 344 and Miles Road, a short distance off NY Route 22 in the historic hamlet of Copake Falls, New York.


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