Past Quarterly Programs

Feb 19th 2012 Quarterly Program

Sunday February 19th at 2PM – Harvey House on the grounds of Old Austerlitz.

“An Architectural History of Columbia County, from the 17th Century to the Present” is the topic of a program sponsored by The Austerlitz Historical Society on Sunday, February 19 at 2 pm. The speaker is Roderic Blackburn, who has been involved with historic architecture in this area for 25 years. His talk will be illustrated with a slide show of images of all the period styles, their features and functions.

A regular contributor of articles on historic houses to The Magazine Antiques and Berkshire HomeStyle Magazine, Dr. Blackburn has also written a number of books in this field, including Dutch Colonial Homes in America, Great Houses of New England and Old Homes of New England, all published by Rizzoli International. He is co-author (with Ruth Piwonka) of A Visible Heritage, the history of Columbia County as experienced through its art and architecture.

Dr. Blackburn has served on the board of trustees or staff of a variety of historical museums and societies, including the Albany Institute of History and Art, the New York State Museum, the Shaker Museum, and the Columbia County Historical Society, among others.

His talk will include comments on renovation and restoration of historic buildings followed by a question and answer period. Guests are invited to bring pictures of houses or features they’d like to know more about.

The location for this special event is Harvey House, one of eight buildings that comprise Old Austerlitz Village, a living history museum on Route 22, one mile south of the intersection with Route 203. This program will also serve as the quarterly membership meeting of the Society. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

The Austerlitz Historical Society is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization. For more information, check the website at, call 392-0062 or send an email to [email protected].