Author Archives: AJ Schenkman

Dutch-Style Kasten

  NEW PALTZ, NY (February 18, 2015) – Historic Huguenot Street seeks documentation of fine examples from private and museum collections of 18th-and early 19th-century Dutch-style cupboards known as grote kasten (singular kast). The documentation and study of these kasten will ultimately be part of an exhibit, symposium, and fully-illustrated compendium planned for 2016. Although variations exist, [...]

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Arson in the “Gunks”

Every day I drive through the Minnewaska State Preserve where the great fire of 2008 burned thousands of acres. It was one of the most spectacular natural events I have ever witnessed and helped contain as a firefighter. While driving that stretch of the mountains, I sometimes start to think about past fires such as [...]

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Celebrate Washington’s Birthday

NEWBURGH, NY – Depending on where you are or who you talk to, the third Monday in February represents either Presidents’ Day or Washington’s Birthday. At three Revolutionary War historic sites in the Hudson Valley, the third Monday is one day of a three day celebration of our beloved Commander-in-Chief, George Washington. The Friends of [...]

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Author Vernon Benjamin to speak in Ellenville

Ellenville, NY: On Thursday, February 12, 6:30pm, local history lecturer and former journalist Vernon Benjamin’s will discuss the remarkable history of our Hudson River Valley from the first Native Americans to the Civil War, based on his new book.“The History of the Hudson River Valley”. From ancient geology to historic figures, this comprehensive book includes [...]

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  (Newburgh, NY … February 3, 2015)  Historian/author Willa Skinner is this year’s recipient of the Martha Washington Woman of History  Award. This award is given by Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site each year to a woman who has made a contribution to the history of the Hudson Valley through education, promotion, or preservation. The [...]

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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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    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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