Our Continuing Story

In 2014, The Stissing Center, formerly “Memorial Hall”, was purchased at auction by three local supporters, saving it from a potential demolition. Their intent was that the historic building be restored and returned to its original purpose, as a center for the regional community and a beacon of cultural vibrance and civic pride. It was donated in 2015 to the then recently-established Pine Plains Memorial Hall, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization.

The Stissing Center celebrated the opening of its doors in late summer 2019 with its first series of performances — a Construction Concert Series — featuring a “Community Surprise Party and Ribbon Cutting” and, the next week, a benefit concert with Wynton Marsalis.

This could not have been achieved without the generosity of donors, sponsors, and local supporters. Thank you! 

What’s next? Performances begin again this Spring, even as renovations and construction continue. When completed, there will be programs on all three levels of The Stissing Center, featuring performances on stage on the main level. The ground floor will be home to a community kitchen, event and meeting space, and a green room. There will be space for other non-profits, rehearsals, exhibitions, workshops, and art studios up on the top floor. A rear addition to the building is necessary to house the HVAC needed for year-round operation, dressing rooms, and a rear elevator.

Fundraising continues as there is still much to do. Your tax-deductible donations are greatly appreciated!

The Stissing Center seeks to positively impact our community by partnering with individuals, organizations, and artists to create meaningful programs, events, and opportunities. With the support of our many donors and sponsors, town government, and local community, The Stissing Center is on track to achieve its goals of local economic revitalization and job creation, all in service of the people of Dutchess, Columbia, and the entire Hudson Valley region.

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Our Mission

Our mission is to foster community and economic development in Northern Dutchess County and surrounding areas through the transformation of The Stissing Center (formerly Pine Plains Memorial Hall) into a regional center for community-based civic and social programs, arts education and cultural performances, and as an incubator for local charitable organizations and entrepreneurs.

The goal of The Stissing Center is to transform Pine Plains into a thriving tourist destination to generate local economic revitalization and to create a healthier and more vibrant community.

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