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Historical Society Presents Inaugural “Beacons of History” Awards


(Beacon, NY)  With nearly 200 enthusiastic supporters in attendance, the Beacon Historical Society presented its inaugural “Beacons of History” awards on Nov. 9 to an individual and a business owner who have helped to preserve Beacon’s history:


  • Individual Honoree: Clara Lou Gould, Mayor from 1990 – 2007, the longest-serving female mayor in the history of New York State and a long-time supporter of the Beacon Historical Society and its mission to commemorate her community’s history; and

  • Business Honoree:  Hudson Beach Glass, one of the first businesses to help reclaim Beacon’s historic Main Street building stock when it turned the former Lewis Tompkins Hose Company firehouse into a gallery and glass-blowing demonstration studio in 2003.


The friend- and fund-raiser was held at the Roundhouse in Beacon to support the Society in its recent move to new headquarters space at 17 South Avenue.  More than $18,000 was raised to assist in establishing new display space for the Society’s vast collection within its new museum of Beacon history. Major event sponsors included Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp.; Denny and Karen Meyer; and Rutberg Breslow Personal Injury Law. Dozens of other supporters provided advertising, in-kind assistance, program listings and other sponsorships in order to ensure the evening’s success. Mayor Randy Casale was among the speakers who recognized the two honorees.


“We are grateful that so many generous supporters turned out to recognize these two outstanding community leaders and to assist our efforts to launch our new headquarters and museum space,” said Historical Society President Robert Murphy.  “At a time when our city is welcoming increasing numbers of tourists and new residents, it was very much appreciated to have nearly 200 local friends join our volunteer efforts to preserve the many important chapters of Beacon’s history.”


Annual membership in the Beacon Historical Society costs just $20 and includes a monthly newsletter and lecture. Visit for more information about the many benefits of joining.



Postcard Tour 2017

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.


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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.

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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.

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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