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AJ Schenkman

A.J. Schenkman is the author of numerous books and articles. He is Consulting Historian for Historic Huguenot Street and Town of Gardiner Historian.

Great Newspaper Resource at the Library of Congress

Subscribe to Hudson Valley History Blog by Email Over the last few years there has been a proliferation of newspaper databases that are fee based. I’m always on the lookout for free databases. I have covered Hudson River Valley Heritage as a resource, and most people by now are aware of Fulton History’s extensive database. [...]

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A Look at Christmas Past

Subscribe to Hudson Valley History Blog by Email So it is the holiday season again. A time for shopping, cooking, and to make New Year’s Resolutions. Historically speaking, it feels as if it is a ritual as old as time itself.  It made me want to reflect on yesteryear, and what newspapers were reporting on this time about [...]

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A Note to Our Readers

Subscribe to Hudson Valley History Blog by Email As the year comes to a close, History & Heritage would like to take this opportunity to thank our readers for another good year! We have seen the interest in this site continue to grow. We look ahead to 2016 with more coverage of local history events, [...]

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Grant Visits Newburgh

Subscribe to Hudson Valley History Blog by Email There have been many notable individuals who have visited Washington’s Headquarter in Newburgh during its one hundred and sixty six years. One of its most prestigious was a visit by President Ulysses S. Grant. He visited the historic site on August 7, 1869. It was part of [...]

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What are your Memories of the Kerhonkson Bridge ?

During my time living in Kerhonkson, this old bridge was replaced by a newer structure. Although the newer bridge symbolized hope for revitalization of the hamlet, there was a lot of history surrounding the old bridge. One of the more notable figures was the ghost of Sam Kettle. I am no longer a resident of [...]

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The Tower of Victory

General Washington made Jonathan Hasbrouck’s house his military headquarters from April 1782 to August 1783. It was in this fieldstone dwelling that Washington received word that the war was coming to a close, and thousands of troops quartered in nearby New Windsor, were to be furloughed home.  The 100th anniversary was due to occur in [...]

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What are your Memories of DuBois Fort

Subscribe to Hudson Valley History Blog by Email   DuBois Fort is located on Historic Huguenot Street in New Paltz, New York. It has undergone many changes in its long history. Presently, it is the gift shop for Historic Huguenot Street, and interpretative center. Many years prior it was a “tavern.” According to the DuBois [...]

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What are your Memories Gardiner?

In a continued attempt to honor the requests of our readers, we decided to start publishing interesting photos with a small amount of text. This is in the vein of a picture paints a thousand words. We hope this will become interactive with our readers posting their memories about a particular picture. The Callahan Hotel, [...]

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Great Resource Part III: The New York State Historic Newspaper Project

Recently there has been a lot of attention focused on the Old Huguenot Burying Ground located on Historic Huguenot Street in New Paltz. This burying ground is one of the oldest in Ulster County. It has intact graves dating back to the early 18thcentury. The burying ground was “closed” in in the 1860s. Since then [...]

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Breaking the Law

Kingston is home to many historic buildings in an area commonly referred to as the Stockade District or Uptown Kingston. One of the buildings at the center of this district is the Ulster County Court House which has stood at the present location in some form for centuries. It is not only linked to the founding [...]

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    AJ Schenkman

    A.J. Schenkman is the author of numerous books and articles. He is Consulting Historian for Historic Huguenot Street and Town of Gardiner Historian. Read Full

    Elizabeth Werlau

    Elizabeth Werlau is an English teacher in the Hudson Valley and is the historian for the Town of Plattekill in Ulster County. She has authored and contributed to several books on regional history, including her most recent publication, Murder and ... Read Full

    Debra Conway

    A former Features writer/Columnist for the Times Herald-Record and Director of Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History in Narrowsburg, Debra Conway is currently the Executive Director of The Delaware Company, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ... Read Full

    Matthew Colon

    Matthew Colon is the Director of the Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands. He has interpreted the American Revolution at Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site since 2009. He currently assists other history focused volunteer ... Read Full
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