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.

Show and Tell!

The first Plattekill Historical Society meeting of the year will take place on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 1 p.m. All are welcome to join us at the Modena Memorial United Methodist Church’s Hasbrouck Hall for a “Show and Tell.” Bring an item of historical interest to share with the group and learn more about [...]

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HYDE PARK, NY — Saturday, January 28, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Hudson Valley Tech Meetup and AT&T will present A DAY OF WOMEN IN TECH in the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home. This program is a celebration and showcase of [...]

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Show us your Antiques

The Town of Lloyd Historical Preservation Society (TOLHPS)  starts the New Year in its traditional manner – with its popular annual Antiques Show Us Your Antiques Night on Monday, January 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the Vineyard Commons Theater in Highland.  Anyone with a favorite item they would like to know more about is [...]

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The Shawangunk Mountains (The Gunks) are renowned for stunning landscapes on and off the ridge in a region that has remained a favorite destination for visitors since the middle of the 19th century. A highlight of the book are nearly a hundred pairs of photographs taken approximately a century apart.   In addition to presenting information [...]

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A Wicked Christmas

If you can believe it, History & Heritage has been around for three years. During that time our readership has continued to grow. We have expanded in ways that we could not imagine when  first starting this blog. During this season, we, here at History and Heritage  would like to thank our readers, for without you this blog [...]

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The Curious Case of Pvt. David L. Wells

There is an interesting headstone in the Pine Bush Cemetery in Rochester, N.Y. on Route 209. If you are not looking for it, you will definitely miss it. It is unassuming, and partially overshadowed by the gas station next door. A closer look  reveals a remarkable story and the Civil War solider who lived it. His name was [...]

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The Light Shines Bright again this December in Ellenville!

Ellenville Public Library & Museum proudly presents The Vanaver Caravan, Arm-of-the-Sea Theater, Barely Lace Singers and local youth performing “Into the Light!”, a beautiful holiday pageant with live music, festive dance, and puppetry for the 4th year running. “Into the Light!” tells the story of  young Lucia, who journeys through the world’s communities to learn [...]

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Historic Huguenot Street Receives Major Grant

NEW PALTZ, NY (December 12, 2016) – Historic Huguenot Street has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections Planning Grant for 2016-2017 in the amount of $49,170. The purpose of this federally-funded grant is to support a team of experts in collections preservation and environmental management to comprehensively review twelve [...]

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The judge peered down at the defendant, cleared his throat, and said, “the jury has found you guilty of bigamy. Have you anything to say before I pass sentence upon you?” “Yes sir!” Responded the defendant. “Well, judge, I’ll leave it to you if havin’ two wives ain’t punishment enough.” In the early 1900s readers [...]

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John Lennon’s Travels in Ulster County, New York (Revisited with Christine)

It has been almost 40 years since John Lennon was shot and killed by a crazed fan in front of his home in New York City. Many fans still gather at Strawberry Fields to remember “the day the music died.” Many people do not realize that John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono loved the Hudson [...]

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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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