Society News

New Collection Item

GHS is grateful to Becky Siegel from the Town of Greenport for donating a binder from the Lorbrook Corporation (aka Textile By-Products).  Established in 1913, Lorbrook employed many Greenport residents in manufacturing automotive upholstery in its facility on State Street in Hudson.



J. Warren Van Deusen (December 26, 1918 – March 31, 2017)

It is with great sorrow that we acknowledge the passing of J. Warren Van Deusen, one of the founders of the GHS in 1985.  A Life Member, Warren was elected as the first president of GHS and served faithfully throughout the years in many different capacities.  We extend our sincerest condolences to all his family and his many friends.

Details regarding services and his obituary can be found here.

Kathryn C. McDonald (April 12, 1923 – February 23, 2017)

Kathryn McDonald

Long-time GHS member Kathryn McDonald passed away on February 23rd.  Kathryn was one of the founding members of GHS and served at various times as Recording Secretary and on many committees during her 32-year membership in the Society.  In 2017, she was completing her term of three years as Director.  A vital part of the Society, she will be greatly missed.

You can can view her obituary in the Register-Star here.

We also extend our deepest sympathy to GHS members, Vieve Gay and Walter Gay, mother and brother of Malcolm Gay, who passed away on February 14th.




We would like to thank everyone who went out to Hannaford in Hudson and bought a reusable bag in December.  Thanks to you and the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program, we raised $77 to help support the Greenport Historical Society!  We are particularly grateful to our local Hannaford store manager for selecting GHS to take part in this exciting program.



GHS Members: Carol Biernacki, Jo von Bieberstein, Sal Cozzolino, Patricia Hart, David Hart and Larry Biernacki. (Also present, not in photo: Nancy Guarino)

GHS Members: Carol Biernacki, Jo von Bieberstein, Sal Cozzolino, Patricia Hart, David Hart and Larry Biernacki. (Also present, not in photo: Nancy Guarino)

The wonderful Legend of Spook Rock has been part of our local history forever.  Thanks to the efforts of GHS member Michael Leonard and President David Hart, the legend finally has public recognition.  We are also grateful for the funding provided by the William G. Pomeroy Foundation through their Legends and Lore grant program, which made the roadside marker commemorating the legend a reality.   The new marker was installed on Spook Rock Road and dedicated by the Greenport Historical Society on September 18, 2016.

UPDATE The Legend of Spook Rock marker is back where it should be on Spook Rock Road! Special thanks to Tim Nixon of the Columbia County Highway Department and GHS member Sal Cozzolino for their assistance in installing (and reinstalling) the marker and to the foundry which fixed the typographical error in record time.



Volunteers are needed to assist the Collections Committee to catalog newly acquired historical items.  Included in the new acquisitions are a wonderful framed sampler from 1822 and a marvelous framed local Civil War Roster.  Working with the committee is always fun and educational and doesn’t require too much time or effort.