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From: "Susan Mulvey" <>
Subject: Re: [NYCOL] Kinderhook Academy
Date: Sat, 7 Oct 2000 15:42:41 -0700
According to the book A History of Old Kinderhook by Edward A. Collier, D.D., G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York and London, The Knickerbocker Press, 1914 on page 284:
The Church (I believe the Dutch Reformed Church of Claverack) records reveal that in 1972 land was sold for a site of a new schoolhouse. A Building ware erected and called"the Academy" but formal organization and official recognition did not occur until 1824 and became "one of the most notable institutions of its kind in the State". This building was sold in 1822 and purchase another lot "on which Mr. George H. Brown's dwelling now stands". The new building was dedicated on June 19, 1823 and incorporated April 3, 1824. And "For some years thes Academy was one of the three or four only in the State that could prepare boys for college" It appears that the Academy was what we call now a "Prep" school.
It also says you can find a catalogue of the Academy for the year 1843 in the Pittsfield Library which gives the names of the trustees and the enrolled pupils. the books does not list the pupils names. I believe the Academy closed in 1896 but the book does not give an exact date.
I looks as though you could get in touch with the Pittsfield Library. They have a website at:
Good luck in your search and I hope this helps.
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Sent: Saturday, October 07, 2000 11:39 AM
Subject: [NYCOL] Kinderhook Academy
> I am looking for basic information about Kinderhook Academy. My great great
> grandfather Richard Brown attended, but probably did not graduate, about 1825
> and again about 1829. My eventual goal is to obtain proof of his attendance.
> I would like to know when the school was established and dissolved, and if
> any other institution might have taken over old records. If possible, I would
> like to know what sort of school it was; i.e. more of what we would call a
> high school or more of a college.
> Please reply in e-mail to , and thank you.
> Nancy Hattaway Miller