The History Society’s Dutch “Kassekasten” or simply “Kas” (using the Dutch word for cupboard) dates to the mid-17th century (c. 1650) and was imported to this country by the Elting family of Wiltwick (Kingston). It passed through several ownerships until it was donated to the Crawford House by a director of the Historical Society. Measuring 7 feet by 7 feet on six large ball feet, the Kas is made of rosewood and ebony. (Fortunately for the movers, it comes apart in 3 sections.)
This Fall (2017), our Dutch Kas will be receiving some extra attention.
On Wednesday, September 13, the Kas was loaded for transportation to New Paltz, where it will have a prominent place in a special exhibition “Kasten from Mid-Hudson Valley Collections,” presented by Historic Huguenot Street. The exhibition will be on display October through December of 2017. For more information, go to www.huguenotstreet.org/