Author Archives: AJ Schenkman

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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History 101: HABS/HAER

During the Great Depression, a remarkable archive was created by the Federal Government. In 1933 the Historic American Buildings Survey was created, which is more simply known by the acronym HABS. According to the HABS website located on the Library of Congress’s website, Charles E. Peterson of the National Park Service proposed that 1,000 out-of-work [...]

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Industrial Age Comes to Life in Kingston

For one night the year will be 1880. Cornell Street Studios and Theatre on the Road present an evening as a partial benefit for Friends of Historic Kingston. The evening will include appetizers, desserts and non-alcoholic beverages provided by Stone Soup of Kingston, live music by classical flutist Monica Lewin and a performance by local [...]

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Arson in the “Gunks”

Every day I drive through the Minnewaska State Preserve where the great fire of 2008 burned thousands of acres. It was one of the most spectacular natural events I have ever witnessed and helped contain as a firefighter. While driving that stretch of the mountains, I sometimes start to think about past fires such as [...]

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“Til Death Do Us Part”

NEW PALTZ, NY – Historic Huguenot Street has announced an upcoming fundraiser, “’Til Death Do Us Part,” a Murder Mystery dinner event. Guests will be transported back in time to 1928 to attend the wedding reception of two famous silent film stars. The dinner will begin at Deyo Hall (6 Broadhead Avenue, New Paltz) at [...]

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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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