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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.

Eli Hasbrouck Part II

The following year, Eli appeared in various publications directly related to his cultivation of grapes. He grew what he called the Anna Grape in his garden. It was prized as a variety because it was free from rot. Eli was drawn to the grape because of it color. A.J. Downing thought highly of it. It was said about [...]

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Eli Hasbrouck Part I

When people visit Washington’s Headquarters in Newburgh, New York  they are also visiting a Hasbrouck house. This home and farm, from the 18th century to the mid -19th century, belonged to the Hasbrouck Family until New York State acquired it. The home would become the first historic site of it kind in 1850. Some of what we know about [...]

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The Tory William Caldwell

The name William Caldwell first caught my attention while researching the August 12, 1781, raid in Wawarsing. His name was mentioned again in Governor George Clinton’s public papers. It was also in connection to the August raid which, it was believed, was lead by Caldwell who was then a Captain.  During this raid he led other Tories [...]

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The Grange

Did you ever wonder when and why the organization for GRANGES was started and what drew so many people to join them? The Grange was founded as an agricultural organization in 1873, at a time when agriculture was the primary occupation of rural citizens. Agriculture is still important to the Grange and its members know [...]

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The Ghost of Sam Kettle Part II

Monday morning, August 13, reinforcements finally arrived from Marbletown and Rochester. Cantine’s exhausted soldiers were bolstered by some 200 hundred fresh troops and still more came from New Paltz. According to Ralph Lefevre, their force numbered some 400 soliders. A forced march came within striking distance of the fleeing raiders, but they eluded the soldiers. Governor Clinton [...]

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The Ghost of Sam Kettle Part I

I like a good story and one of my favorites is the ghost story involving Sam Kettle. The first time I heard this story was while on stand-by in the Kerhonkson fire house where I was a firefighter for many years. Many people living in Ulster County do not realize that during the American War for Independence [...]

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HRMM Celebrates Black History

  KINGSTON, NY – The Hudson River Maritime Museum is pleased to announce a special lecture celebrating Black History Month on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at 2:30 pm in the museum’s Riverport Wooden Boat School classroom. “Black Maritime Workers in Early America: Challenging Slavery and Shaping Freedom Then and Now” is open to the public [...]

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IMAGES OF INTERNMENT: THE INCARCERATION OF JAPANESE AMERICANS DURING WORLD WAR II

HYDE PARK, NY — On February 19, 2017 — the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 — the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum will open a new photographic exhibition entitled, IMAGES OF INTERNMENT: THE INCARCERATION OF JAPANESE AMERICANS DURING WORLD WAR II, with over 200 photographs including the work of Dorothea [...]

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An American Paradox: “Enslavement on the Hudson”

HYDE PARK, NY — The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and the Mid-Hudson Antislavery History Project — in commemoration of African American History Month — will present ”An American Paradox: Enslavement on the Hudson” with Associate Director of Content Development at Historic Hudson Valley Michael A. Lord on Thursday, February 2, 2017. The program will begin at [...]

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A Roadside Murder

“How long will peaceable people consent to being shot down, clubbed, or choked to death is a question not much longer to remain unanswered.” The New Paltz Independent of March 1873, continued, “if the present plan of uncertain and dilatory punishment is continued, quick death will overtake the murderer by summary process.” This was an [...]

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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 enjoyed nearly a decade in public history working and volunteering for organizations including Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site and the Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands. Read Full

    Shannon Butler

    Shannon Butler is a Park Ranger of Interpretation and Education at Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Site in Hyde Park New York. She has also interpreted the Senate House State Historic Site in Kingston New York. Read Full
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