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NEWBURGH, NY – On November 9, 2014, the Friends of the State Historic Sites of the Hudson Highlands will host a talk on Newburgh’s manufacturing history at Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site. Industrial Historian Russell Lange, former President of the Newburgh Historical Society, will deliver his popular talk titled, “Made in Newburgh”. For 150 years [...]

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There are Ghosts on the Street

NEW PALTZ, NY (October 20, 2014) – Historic Huguenot Street has announced the return of its signature Halloween event, Haunted Huguenot Street. This year will feature fresh interpretations and interactive activities for guests rooted in the legends and history behind Historic Huguenot Street. Haunted Huguenot Street programming will run for two weekends, October 24 – [...]

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The John Ellison House in Vails Gate

Perched at the end of a rolling lawn, in Vails Gate, is an often overlooked historic site that played a significant role in the American Revolution. This home not only hosted many notable officers during the Revolution, but it was also possibly where the famous Newburgh Letters originated. Once the home of a successful area merchant named John [...]

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Shooting Dice at the Primrose Social Club

A well dressed man entered the Primrose Social Club located at 11 Railroad Avenue in Kingston at 1:00 in the morning on October 12, 1931. The club, which occupied the 2nd floor of the Cook Building, was for members only. William “Chuck” Connors, who was president of the Primrose stopped the man. He asked him his business. The man explained that he was [...]

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Haunted Huguenot Street

New Paltz, NY-October 24 – 26 and October 31 – November 2, Historic Huguenot Street will transform into Haunted Huguenot Street with special interpretations of the Jean Hasbrouck House, the burial ground, the Deyo House, and the Abraham Hasbrouck House. Guests will hear legends of hauntings, participate in Mrs. Gertrude Deyo-Brodhead’s infamous Conundrum Party, and explore [...]

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Enterprise and Courage:The Civil War Years at Lake Mohonk

While tensions brew between North and South during the 1850s, an idea brews in the mind of an Ulster County farmer.  His idea is simple yet grand:  establish a must-see destination at a remarkable lake high atop the Shawangunk Mountains.  Discover how it all began at Mohonk Lake as local author Robi Josephson presents this [...]

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“Wicked Ulster County: Tales of Desperadoes, Gangs, and More,” a lecture by A.J. Schenkman

Situated in the scenic Hudson Valley, Ulster County is a lovely location to make a home and raise a family, but it wasn’t always so pleasant. Unsavory characters and immoral events have sullied its name. In the 1870s, the Shawangunk Mountains inspired fear rather than awe, as groups like the Lyman Freer and Shawangunk gangs [...]

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John B. Krom, Civil War Veteran

Captain John B. Krom rose early on the morning of April 7th, 1908. He exited the Hotel Belmont, in High Falls, which he had owned since the 1860s, making his way from the hotel he had once shared with his late wife Elizabeth, to the barn a short distance away. He had no way of knowing [...]

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A Civil War Grave in Kerhonkson

  Every morning on my way to get a cup of coffee I pass the Old Log Cabin restaurant on 44/55. One particular morning I noticed the early morning sun’s rays streaking through the trees. I admired this scene for a few minutes until my gaze shifted to the forest floor. Illuminated by the sun were three [...]

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Orange County Mastodon

In 2009 Tunkamoose Mastodon tusks that were 14,000 years old were exhumed from the Wallkill River.  Gary Keeton was instrumental in this successful recovery.  In fact, his son, an archaeologist, was one of the two men who spotted the mastodon tusks exposed in the river bank while canoeing at the convergence of the Wallkill River [...]

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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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