Collection Policy

The aim of the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society, as defined by its mission statement “is to preserve and present the history and cultural traditions of the Roe Jan community.”  To that end, the Society collects artifacts that specifically relate to the life and times of the towns of Ancram, Copake, Gallatin, Hillsdale, and Taghkanic.  A partial list of these artifacts includes photographs, fine art, textiles, books, letters, newspapers, and official documents of various kinds.

The Society welcomes offers of donations.  However, at this time, the Society’s storage space is limited mainly to one small, climate – controlled room in the Society’s Museum in Copake Falls.  Therefore, the Society maintains its discretion in assessing the value of potential donations for the Society’s exhibitions and research, as well as the feasibility of long-term storage.

Persons thinking of donating materials to the Society should contact Peter Cipkowski, President, at