Author Archives: AJ Schenkman

Wine Tasting & Art History Tour with Millbrook Winery & Artist Kevin Cook

NEW PALTZ, NY (May 18, 2015) – Historic Huguenot Street is pleased to announce its upcoming Fourth Saturday event, an art history tour with local artist Kevin Cook accompanied by a wine tasting by Millbrook Winery. The tour and tasting will begin at the 1799 LeFevre House (54 Huguenot Street) on Saturday, May 23, at [...]

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Gardiner’s Desperado

During the summer of 1908, Monroe walked onto the Deyo farm at the corner of Route 44/55 and Route 208 in Ireland Corners, a hamlet in Gardiner, looking for work. He had worked for Abram Deyo before, and even recognized his brother Jonathan (who was a prominent lawyer). Because of his explosive temper, Monroe was [...]

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Historic Huguenot Street Welcomes Renowned Curator and Author

NEW PALTZ, NY – Historic Huguenot Street is pleased to announce an upcoming lecture with renowned museum curator Dr. Tessa Murdoch, co-author of The French Hospital in England: Its Huguenot History and Collections (John Adamson Books, 2009) and author of The Quiet Conquest: The Huguenots 1685-1985 (Museum of London, 1985). On Saturday, May 16, Dr. [...]

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One Grave at a Time

  Recently old, sometimes forgotten, cemeteries and burial grounds have received renewed attention by not only historians, but local civic groups. One such cemetery is the Old Town Cemetery situated between Grand, Liberty, and South Streets. It is over 200 years old and has borne witness to an ever-changing Newburgh, from a sleepy village to [...]

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Thank You New Paltz First Responders

NEW PALTZ, NY (April 13, 2015) – Historic Huguenot Street will launch its 2015 Spring Season on Saturday, May 2 from 10 am – 5 pm. To recognize the role the community plays in the success of Historic Huguenot Street’s tours and programming, the Grand Opening will feature a variety of free activities for all [...]

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Weatherman Abraham Hasbrouck

A frequent refrain in my household is, “when will the cold and the snow end!” Weather forecasters proclaimed this winter to be the worst in the history of the Hudson valley. A bold claim for sure. Though unofficial, Abraham Hasbrouck recorded in his diary winters that seemed to be as bad if not worse during [...]

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Historic Huguenot Street Launches “Stories From Stones”

NEW PALTZ, NY (April 6, 2015) – Historic Huguenot Street has announced an upcoming local oral history project, “Stories From Stones.” The purpose of this project is to collect and preserve the stories of the New Paltz Huguenots, their descendants, the community, and all who have been impacted by Historic Huguenot Street. Documented stories will [...]

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“ Colden Day” at the Ruins

The Coldengham Preservation and Historic Societyis announcing their third Annual “ Colden Day” at the Ruins on Sunday April 26, 2015 from 1 to 4 pm. It will be held at the site of the ColdenMansion at the corner of Stone Castle Road and Rt. 17K inColdenham,NY. (Rain date is Sun. May 3) The public [...]

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Museum Village and the Great War

Museum Village located in Monroe, New York is a unique experience. It is a recreated 19th century village offering the visitor a chance to explore 19th century life in the United States. The visitor to this site is “transported” back in time to a typical 19th century village.This could not have happened without the vision of Roscoe William [...]

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The Keeper of Secrets:A View into the World of a Woman of History

NEWBURGH, NY – Each year, Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site sets out to recognize one woman’s demonstration of the character traits of Martha Washington. Throughout the American Revolution, including the time she spent with her husband at Headquarters, Newburgh, Martha Washington partook in activities displaying a myriad of traits that would cement her unique position [...]

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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

    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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