Our provisional Charter was granted on September 13, 1991.
The Charter was made absolute on June 13, 2000.
More information on the Chartering Program is available on the website of the New York State Museum.
THE CENTURY HOUSE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
This Instrument Witnesseth That the Board of Regents for and on behalf of the Education Department of the State of New York at their meeting of June 13, 2000,
An application having been made by and on behalf of the trustees of The Century House Historical Society, for its provisional charter to be made absolute, and it appearing to the satisfaction of the Regents that the conditions for an absolute charter have been met, it was
Voted, that the provisional charter of The Century House Historical Society, located in Rosendale, county of Ulster, state of New York, which was granted by action of the Board of Regents on September 13, 1991 be, and the same hereby is, made absolute.
Granted, June 13, 2000, by the Board of Regents of The University of the State of New York, for and on behalf of the State Education Department, and executed under the seal of said University and recorded as Number 22,915.
THE CENTURY HOUSE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
1. A provisional charter valid for a term of five years is granted incorporating Gayle Grunwald, Anton E. F. Werner, Dietrich E. Werner, Barbara Ullstrom, Marianne Doorly, Susan I. Lewis and their associates and successors as an educational corporation under the corporate name of The Century House Historical Society, located in Rosendale, county of Ulster, state of New York.
2. The purposes for which such corporation is formed are:
a) To promote and encourage original historical research.
b) To disseminate and encourage a greater knowledge of the State of New York and particularly the area in New York State designated geographically, geologically and industrially as the Rosendale Cement District.
c) To disseminate and encourage a greater knowledge of the relationship of the district to the development of the nation, emphasizing contributions of an industrial nature.
d) To examine and analyze the lives of industrialists, the role of labor and dominant lifestyles of the district.
e) To gather, preserve, display and make available for study artifacts, relics, books, manuscripts, papers, photographs, and other records and materials relating to the history of New York and, particularly, of the Rosendale Cement District and the business and industries of the district.
f) To encourage the suitable marking of places of historic interest relating to the district.
g) To acquire by purchase, gift, devise or otherwise the title to or the custody and control of historic sites and structures, and preserve and maintain such sites and structures.
3. The persons named as incorporators shall constitute the first board of trustees. The board shall have power to adopt by-laws, including therein provisions fixing the method of election and the term of office of trustees, and shall have power by vote of two-thirds of all the members of the board of trustees to change the number of trustees to be not more than twenty-five nor less than five.
4. The corporation hereby created shall be a nonstock corporation organized and operated exclusively for educational purposes, and no part of its earnings or net income shall inure to the benefit of any individual; and no officer, member, or employee of the corporation shall receive or be entitled to receive any pecuniary profit from the operations thereof, except reasonable compensation for services.
5. Not withstanding any other provision of these articles the corporation shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by a corporation exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law) or (b) by a corporation, contributions to which are deductible under section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law).
6. No substantial part of the activities of the corporation shall be devoted to carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, (except to the extent authorized by Internal Revenue Code section 501(h) as amended, or corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law, during any fiscal year or years in which the corporation has chosen to utilize the benefits authorized by the statutory provision) and the corporation shall not participate in or intervene (including the publishing or distribution of statements) in any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.
7. Upon dissolution of the corporation, the board of trustees shall, after paying or making provision for the payment of all the liabilities of the corporation, dispose of the remaining assets of the corporation exclusively for one or more exempt purposes, within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any future Federal tax code), or shall distribute the same to the Federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose. Any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by order of the Supreme Court of the State of New York in the judicial district where the principal office of the corporation is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, organized and operated exclusively for such purposes, as said Court shall determine.
8. The principal office of the corporation shall be located at Rosendale, Ulster County.
9. The Commissioner of Education is designated as the representative of the corporation upon whom process in any action or proceeding against it may be served.
10. Such provisional charter will be made absolute if, within five years after the date when this charter is granted the corporation shall acquire resources and equipment which are available for its use and support and which are sufficient and suitable for its chartered purposes in the judgment of the Regents of the University, and shall be maintaining an institution of educational usefulness and character satisfactory to the Regents. Prior to the expiration of said five-year period, an application for the extension of such provisional charter or for an absolute charter will be entertained by the Regents, but in the event that such application is not made, then at the expiration of said term of five years, and upon notice by the Regents, such provisional charter shall terminate and become void and shall be surrendered to the Regents.