Town Historian


John R. Pinna, Town of Poughkeepsie Historian and leader of the Historic Preservation Commission

Annon Adams
David Dengel
Daniel Fannon
Lydia Higginson

Yvonne Laube
Coleen McCarthy

The Town of Poughkeepsie's Historic Preservation Commission meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM in the Supervisor's Conference Room in Town Hall. The meeting is open to the public and we welcome all interested parties.

Town of Poughkeepsie Charter

Here is a question from the Commission: Is the Town incorporated, and if so, when was it incorporated? Please email your response to

We Invite You To Be A Part Of The Town Of Poughkeepsie's History

Do you have interesting historical artifacts in your possession that are somehow connected to the Town of Poughkeepsie's past? Would you be willing to show those things and perhaps talk about them with us-Preservation Commission members? At a recent meeting of the Preservation Commission a town couple came to us and showed/shared a box of family heir looms that were astonishing in our collective opinion. We eagerly anticipate hearing from those of you who value local history and are willing to share your personal historical collection with us. Interested parties can contact Rob Rubin at

Subject: Wanted: Town of Poughkeepsie Residents With Interesting Biographies

We on the Preservation Commission are looking to establish a file of Town of Poughkeepsie residents who may have interesting biographies and would be willing to share that information with your Preservation Commission. Please send us what you have with as much complete information as possible. The person's name-the event or events of interest-How did this change things. We would like to set up files of said people to be used for future celebrations such as Black History Month, Women's History Month and other significant events. It is the intent of the Preservation Commission that all information in this proposed archive will be user submitted.

Submissions can be either sent to

Town of Poughkeepsie
Town Hall
Preservation Commission
1 Overocker Road
Poughkeepsie, New York 12601

or e-mailed to

or brought in person to our monthly meeting. We meet the 4th Monday of each month, 7:00 P.M. at the Little White House on Town Hall property.

Thank you.

Respectfully yours,
Rob Rubin
Member Commissioner
Town of Poughkeepsie Historic Preservation Commission

Looking for a Slogan:

We are seeking a slogan for our Town Preservation Committee. Are you in favor of one of these, or do you have a favorite of your own? Please let us know. Periodically the new entries will be posted for your review and consideration. Any submissions should be in good taste and will be periodically posted for your review.

A) Town of Poughkeepsie - A great history...A bright tomorrow.

B) Town of Poughkeepsie - Our history propels us forward.

C) Town of Poughkeepsie - Full of yesterdays and unlimited tomorrows.

Please email us with your vote or suggestions at

See Ann Shershin interview Jean Murphy:

See Robert Rubin interview former Supervisor Todd Tancredi:

See Robert Rubin interview former Supervisor Ann C. Barcher:

See Robert Rubin interview former Supervisor Peter Sala:

(Please note - Robert Rubin is incorrectly identified as the President of the Historical Preservation Commission)