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Historic Huguenot Street Appoints Prestigious Scholarly Advisory Board

NEW PALTZ, NY (January 29, 2015) – Historic Huguenot Street, one of the first organizations dedicated to preservation and education in the country, is pleased to announce that eleven historians have chosen to be part of its newly formed Scholarly Advisory Board. Their individual commitment to history and education will aid them in guiding the [...]

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NEWBURGH, NY – The Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands is pleased to announce that a $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to an eligible student who shows an interest in history and related fields of study. Applicants must be deserving college bound high school seniors or college students from the Hudson Highlands region [...]

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Historic Huguenot Street Announces Local History Lecture Series

NEW PALTZ, NY – Historic Huguenot Street has announced its first events of the new year: a three-part lecture series with Ulster County Historian Anne Gordon. A resident of the Hudson Valley for over 30 years, Gordon has been the Ulster County Historian for seven years and was recently named a New York Registered Public [...]

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From Isabella to Sojourner: A Slave in Ulster County

One of the most famous residents of Ulster County was a slave born Isabella. She was born in the last years of the 18th century. We know Isabella by the name she later took which was Sojourner Truth. She adopted this name after gaining her freedom.  Truth would spend a large part of her life campaigning for the end of slavery in the United States. [...]

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The Coldens

Some years ago I drove past the remains of the Colden Mansion at the intersection of Stone Castle Road and Route 17K in the Town of Montgomery. I made  a mental note to return to investigate this interesting site where a beautiful mansion once stood. All that remained to remind the passerby were some walls. Recently I had [...]

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Historic Huguenot Street Awards $14,500 in 2015 Scholarships

NEW PALTZ, NY (January 13, 2015) – As a demonstration of its ongoing commitment to academic achievement, Historic Huguenot Street is pleased to announce the 10 recipients of a total of $14,500 in scholarships for 2015. In collaboration with the Hasbrouck Family Association, Historic Huguenot Street has now provided nearly $140,000 to further the education [...]

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The President Visits New Paltz

Several months ago I published a piece about President Franklin Delano Roosevelt visiting New Paltz in 1943 with the Princess of Norway. It was a small part of a larger article about archives. After that article was published I received quite a few requests for more information about this visit. While researching the 1943 visit in the Huguenot Street archives, I found that it was [...]

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Damm Bears

Bears have become a part of our local scenery, like it or not. Years ago it was uncommon to see a bear; in fact, I lived here for many years and had never seen one. I saw my first black bear outside of New York. Today however, it is becoming more common to see them [...]

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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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    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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