Author Archives: AJ Schenkman

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.

Slavery in New Paltz

NEW PALTZ – To coincide with The Slave Dwelling Project’s Joseph McGill and Terry James, Historic Huguenot Street (HHS) has recently curated a new exhibit to explore the topic of slavery in New Paltz. This exhibit centers around wills and other documents dating from the late 17th century through the early 19th century from the [...]

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The Colden Mansion approaches its 250th Anniversary*

Next year marks the 250th anniversary of a Montgomery landmark. The Colden mansion, along with its surrounding land, was originally the home of Cadwallader Colden, Jr., his wife Elizabeth Ellison, and their large family. The stone structure, remnants of which are still visible on Route 17K, dates to 1767. A stone from the house, which [...]

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The Guilford Church in Gardiner, New York

Guilford was a hamlet that existed prior to the formation of Gardiner in 1853. It was named for the patent that had been granted to Graham and Delavel. Joseph Hasbrouck and his wife Elise Schoonmaker purchased 2,000 acres from James Graham and John Delavel in 1706. During this time if residents of Guilford wanted to [...]

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Why the name Gardiner?

Since being appointed Town of Gardiner Historian, I have been asked many questions about Gardiner History. The most common question is, why the name Gardiner? Perhaps the second most frequently asked question is, when did Gardiner come into existence? Since Robert DeNiro moved to Gardiner, there have been few questions asking me where Gardiner is located. [...]

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The Gardiner Library will be holding a free Ancestry Research Workshop on Monday August 1 from 7 to 9 PM. Pre-registration is required by July 25th. Led by Town Historian A.J. Schenkman, the workshop is geared for people who want to learn more about their ancestors but are not sure where to begin. This workshop [...]

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The Slave Dwelling Project

Joseph McGill, founder of the Slave Dwelling Project, travels the country spending the night in historic slave dwellings to bring awareness to their existence, history, and need for preservation. On Friday, September 9, he will spend the night at Historic Huguenot Street in the Bevier-Elting House cellar, marking his first visit to the Hudson Valley. [...]

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A Great Resource for Maps of Ulster County

I receive many emails, by way of the this column, asking me for help on local history research. Many of the emails are just asking me for helpful resources they can use in locating long-lost ancestors or simply finding out more information about them. An often overlooked place is the map room in the Ulster County Clerk’s Office [...]

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Newburgh, a Presidential City

Newburgh, during its long history, has been the destination for the rich, famous and powerful. This has included future U.S. Presidents as well as past presidents. Some of these visitors have included George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, Ulysses S. Grant, Gerald Ford, John F. Kennedy, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Grover Cleveland, and most recently Bill Clinton. Although [...]

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4th Annual Artists on the Street Returns to Historic Huguenot Street

NEW PALTZ, NY (July 15, 2016) – Historic Huguenot Street has announced the return of Artists on the Street, an all-day plein air event showcasing the talents of over 20 renowned Hudson Valley artists. The annual event takes place on the second Saturday in August each year, this year on August 13 from 11 am [...]

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Hudson River Maritime Museum Digitization Project*

Earlier in March, the New York Times wrote an article about the digitization effortsof large museums across the globe. Dramatic increases in visitor traffic have endangered some collections and digitizing them – taking high-resolution photos or scans of documents, images, and objects – is one way of protecting the collections. But digitization is also about [...]

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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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