Author Archives: AJ Schenkman

Jonathan Hasbrouck and the Family Account Ledger

Colonel Jonathan Hasbrouck was born two hundred and ninety three years ago this spring. His life is as intriguing to me as it was over twenty years ago when I first started researching his life. During that time I have uncovered many aspects of his life, as well as those of his immediate family, that [...]

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NEWBURGH, NY – The Newburgh Historical Society’s annual Candlelight Tour will take place this year on Sunday, December 14th. The self-guided tour takes place between 12:00 P.M. and 5:00 P.M. and includes over a dozen decorated homes. The authentically decorated 1830 Captain David Crawford House is the starting place for the Tour. The house circuit [...]

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Historic Huguenot Street Holiday Exhibit Features Classic Toys

NEW PALTZ, NY – The Historic Huguenot Street Curatorial Department has developed a new exhibit in honor of the winter holiday season. On display now in the DuBois Fort Visitor Center, “Gifts of the Past” features a selection of historic children’s toys from the Historic Huguenot Street Permanent Collection. Holiday gift giving has been a [...]

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The Cantonment at New Windsor

After the Siege of Yorktown and the victory over the British, George Washington eventually decided to move the Northern Wing of the Continental Army to New Windsor, New York in October 1782. It was in New Windsor that the Continental Army would winter in what is known as a cantonment. A cantonment is a semi-permanent [...]

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“Santa Paws” Arrives on Huguenot Street

NEW PALTZ, NY – Historic Huguenot Street will open its doors on Small Business Saturday, November 29, for a dog-friendly holiday sale in the Museum Store. Throughout the day, doggy daycare will be available for those with furry friends, and dogs are invited to take a photo with Santa from 10 am – 12 pm [...]

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Wildmere and Cliff House

A couple of weeks ago I went for a relaxing walk around Lake Minnewaksa. It is a favorite destination for me. Half way around the lake I decided to sit on a rock and eat a sandwich that I had packed. While sitting there I remembered as a child coming up to Lake Minnewaska before [...]

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Historic Huguenot Street to Host SUNY New Paltz Ceramics Program Exhibit

NEW PALTZ, NY (November 14, 2014) – Historic Huguenot Street has collaborated with the Ceramics program at SUNY New Paltz to present “Insight/On Site,” an exhibit of student artworks, on Saturday, November 22, from 3 pm to 6 pm. Inspired by the structures and collections of Historic Huguenot Street, works will be displayed throughout the [...]

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An Unforgiving Land: Hardscrabble Life in the Trapps Lecture on November 9

Marbletown, New York (November 8 ) Authors Josephson and Larsen present their newest book, an illustrated history of a small, hardscrabble community in the Shawangunk Mountains of Ulster County where today’s Mohonk Preserve and Minnewaska State Park Preserve now lie. From early post-Revolutionary days through World War II, a few hardy families scratched out a [...]

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Historic Huguenot Street Vandalized on Halloween Night

NEW PALTZ, NY (November 7, 2014) – The board and staff of Historic Huguenot Street are saddened to report that on Halloween night, the Nations Historic Landmark District’s burial ground was vandalized. Photos of the destruction were taken and a police report has been filed with the New Paltz Police Department. Historic Huguenot Street is now [...]

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“Mama, Tell Sam Who Hurt You….” Part II

Mrs. Rogers recounted to the detectives that not only did her husband know Ingerick, but Ingerick told Mr. Rogers that the two brothers kept large sums of money in the house. Mrs. Rogers also remembered seeing her husband with a gas pipe 2′ long when he left that morning, and when he came back he had [...]

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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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