Author Archives: AJ Schenkman

Let Loose the Dogs of War: New York in the Civil War

New York supplied more men, money, and material in the Civil War than any other state North or South, but New Yorkers responded to the Civil War in diverse and often contradictory fashions. Presented by Robert W. Arnold III (Public Historian, Adjunct Professor of History, College of Saint Rose and Excelsior College), this presentation will [...]

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Cadwallder Colden

Coldenham, NY-The Coldengham Preservation and Historical Society in association with the Josephine-Louis Public Library will host a lecture and book signing by Seymour I Schwartz, MD. Schwartz is the author of Caddwallder Colden: A Biography. This is the first complete biography of Cadwallder Colden (1688-1776), one of the most accomplished intellectuals and political figures in [...]

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Seeking Resources to Include in Heritage Series Program

Newburgh, New York-The Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands will continue its popular Heritage Series this year with a day to enjoy the story of local Irish heritage on Sunday, September 21st. To enhance a display of local Irish-American achievements, people are asked to submit the names of past and present citizens of [...]

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Killed by His Boarder

One of the 10 Commandments is number 10. It commands that “thou shalt not covet they neighbor’s house, wife or possessions.” However, not only did Albert Koepping brake the 10th Commandment, in the winter of 1903, he also broke number 6; “thou shalt not kill.” John Martine originally was from Brooklyn. He was a glove [...]

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Book Talk and Signing with Acclaimed Author Russell Shorto

NEW PALTZ, NY – Historic Huguenot Street recently announced they will be hosting Russell Shorto, the acclaimed author of the best selling book The Island at the Center of the World, a narrative history of the founding of Manhattan and New Netherlands. Shorto’s lecture, on October 10 at 6:00 pm, will be touching on the struggles that helped shape [...]

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Doc Waterbury

Dr. C. O. Sahler ran a private sanatorium located at 61 Wall Street in Kingston. According to James Sullivan he had started the sanatorium in 1896. It was created to help “nervous and mental diseases and all forms of invalidism.” In 1914, Dr. Sahler had a thriving practice, usually treating over 100 patients. It is [...]

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History Happens When You Least Expect It

It is late August in the Mid-Hudson Valley and one of my favorite times of the year. There is a feel to it as the cicadas sing all day, and the peepers take the night. Hot days give way to cooler nights. I can hear the gentle hum, in the distance, of a farmer harvesting [...]

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Local Authors event at the Ulster County Historical Society

Marbletown, NY-The Ulster County Historical Society will be hosting an author’s event on August 24, 2014, from 1-3 PM.  They have brought together authors who have written novels or non-fiction historic material, pertaining to the history of the Hudson Valley and particularly Ulster County. Authors will be giving brief readings of their chosen titles and an opportunity to talk with [...]

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Historic Cemetery Clean Up Dates Announced

  The families of Peenpack and interested community members are cordially invited to help care for Gumaer Cemetery/Pioneer Knoll Cemetery on Saturdays,  September 20th  and October 18th, 2014. 11 AM to 3 PM. Rain or Shine. We will have brief informative programs during the day. There will also be a family and local historians available on site. Family [...]

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I love a good story whether it is true to not. There are many out there that are flat out lies such as Washington’s wooden teeth. However, stories still serve a purpose in history. One of my favorite stories involves the Baron and Baroness von Riedesel. It is believed that after the Battle of Saratoga [...]

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    AJ Schenkman

    A.J. Schenkman teaches history in the Lower Hudson Valley. He is the author of numerous books and articles. His most recent books Include Murder and Mayhem in Ulster County and Wicked Ulster County: Tales of Desperadoes, Gangs & More, and ... 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
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