Who We Are: On the site of the original Clove (Greenwood) Furnace and Iron Works, the Orange County Historical Society was formed to meet the need for an umbrella organization in the region focusing on preserving and restoring the rich historical heritage of Orange County and the Hudson Valley. Our archives (available to members and qualified researchers) contain one of the most unique and comprehensive collections of original documents and other research materials related to the Sterling Iron Railroad and iron mining in Orange County, as well as other significant economic pursuits in the region.
What We Do: Today, the Board of Trustees oversees the work of the Historical Society in preserving, analyzing and encouraging research on original historical documents related to the rich history of our area. Aside from the annual dinner, the Society also sponsors a series of lectures throughout the year given by distinguished speakers on topics of historical interest.Most of our programs are designed and implemented by volunteers serving on various committees. If you would like to serve on one of these committees please feel free to volunteer.
The annual OCHS Journal provides well-written, stimulating original articles focusing on the history of Orange County and the Hudson Valley. The OCHS journal presents only independently researched material that supports the goal of bringing new understanding to existing historical subjects, introducing new materials or developing new subject areas in existing topics (the journal is one of the several benefits accompanying membership in OCHS.)
We license the use of our collection to publishers and provide custom research services. See our Schedule of Fees for service.