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The BHS President, Robert Murphy to be honored at the Awards Reception at Vassar College by the Dutchess County Historical Society!!  See details if you would like to attend >>

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BHS Veterans' War Memorial

The Beacon Historical Society invites you to share in the honoring of Beacon's soldiers that were either killed in action or later died from their wounds or related illnesses in battle.  We have also dedicated a page those those citizens of Beacon who have also served. Join Us.

Become A Member

If our history is not preserved today, it surely will be lost tomorrow. Our members are an integral part of our Society's existence and mission to save Beacon's history. Either by their generous donations or their equally valuable time and experience, our members and volunteers ensure the continued success of the Beacon Historical Society towards that goal. Visit our Members page to join or simply make a donate. Please note that our the Members Section.


News & Events

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September 24 - Spirit of Beacon Day Parade

Volunteer at our table, or stop by and join or visit us!


September Member' Meeting- Tuesday, Sept 26 7:00 pm
Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon, NY

Dutchess County historian Will Tatum, Jr. will be the guest speaker at the Beacon Historical Society’s September meeting. As part of his “Decoding the Past” series, Will has selected four discrete artifacts from Beacon Historical’s collections for closer examination using the “detective” process to uncover the stories behind these objects. From a wooden grave marker, to a home electronic shock therapy kit, to mysterious Native American artifacts, these objects provide a behind-the-scenes view into how historians assemble the clues to discover “hidden history.” Our meetings still are being held at the Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main Street, in Beacon, courtesy of the Howland’s board. This month’s meeting is Tuesday, September 26, at 7 pm.

September 24 - Spirit of Beacon Day Parade


Volunteer at our table, or stop by and join or visit us!


Online tickets ARE NOW AVAILABLE!! >>

November 9:  Beacon of History Fundraiser to honor Clara Lou Gould and Hudson Beach Glass

The Roundhouse, 2 East Main Street, Beacon NY






Stay in the loop! Upcoming events, volunteers needed and other BHS news

IT'S OFFICIAL - WE MOVED! The Beacon Historical Society is temporarily closed because we're setting up our new home located at 17 South Avenue - going from our one room location of 30 plus years of collecting to an entire building. We're expanding our public access to our collection of Beacon's history. Wait till you see what we've uncovered during the move, reopening day to be announced soon.


Our Collections

Our extensive collections of maps, artifacts, documents, paintings and photos could fill a museum!  A portion of these collections are on display at our current location in the Howland Center on Main. The remaining vast inventory of historical items are in storage until we are able to acquire a museum location--more than enough to have an extensive showing of Beacon's past, over 300 years of history! Stop in to discuss our collections with our Historians and staff.  If you have any items to donate to the BHS call or visit our Donations Page.  Also take a moment to visit our New Home section to see how you can help.


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Official Home of the Beacon Historical Society


P. O. Box 89

Howland Cultural Center

17 South Ave.

Beacon, NY 12508



Thurs.10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sat.      1:00 pm -   3:00 pm

(845) 831-0514

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