About us

In 2017, Historic Red Hook Board member Bill Jeffway created a short video that captures the essence of what we are all about at Historic Red Hook.

Historic Red Hook is a membership 501 (c) (3) non-profit volunteer organization of your neighbors and friends. We care deeply about connecting Red Hook's past to its present and future.

Our mission is to engage the community in conversations about Red Hook's unfolding story. We do this by collecting, preserving and promoting Red Hook's history, maintaining the historic Elmendorph Inn as a community center, creating dynamic public programs and partnering with community organizations.

Interested in local history? Visit our Archives Room on Tuesdays to find:

  • Stories, images and records of our people at work and play, of our farms, businesses, schools and churches
  • Records of memorable events, important journals, letters, maps and
  • Much, much more

Also don't miss joining us at the Elmendorph for local gatherings every season of the year, from our ever-popular winter Soup and Chili nights to Hardscrabble Day and Dutch Christmas.

The 2018 Historic Red Hook Board of Trustees includes: Claudine Klose, President, Emily Majer, Vice-President, Beth Jones, Treasurer, Thea Burgess, Secretary (officers), and Amanda Bodian, Elliott Bristol, Sally Dwyer-McNulty, Sarah Hermans,  Bill Jeffway, Chris Klose, Susan Merriam and Doug Strawinski (trustees).

Emily Majer was appointed Red Hook Town Historian in 2018.

For a look back at our past activities, read our  2014 Annual Report 2015 Annual Report, 2016 Annual Report, and 2017 Annual Report.