Author Archives: AJ Schenkman

William and Sarah Osterhoudt

The Osterhoudt house, located on a dead-end street in Lake Katrine, NY, is one of the oldest in Ulster County. It’s about five miles from the Stockade District of Kingston where Sarah’s eldest brother Abraham Hasbrouck lived. A considerable amount of information is known about the home Osterhoudt, but little is known about the lives [...]

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Tap into History

NEW PALTZ, NY (August 14, 2015) – Historic Huguenot Street is pleased to announce the debut of “1677 Huguenot Wheat,” a strong wheat ale inspired by the beers of the early 18th century. Brewed by The Gilded Otter brewmaster Darren Currier, the ale recipe was researched by beer scholar Craig Gravina, co-author of Upper Hudson [...]

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3rd Annual Artists on the Street Returns to Historic Huguenot Street

NEW PALTZ, NY (July 24, 2015) – 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, which is taking place for the third time on August 8, is an opportunity for the public to [...]

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Great Resource: The Ulster County Historical Society

Located on Route 209 in North Marbletown is the Bevier House. It is within the walls of this structure that the Ulster County Historical Society has made its home. The Ulster County Historical Society has existed for over one hundred and fifty years. The Ulster County Historical Society was founded by New York State Senator [...]

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FDR and His Connection to New Paltz

NEW PALTZ, NY (July 13, 2015) – Historic Huguenot Street Director of Strategy and Historic Interpretation Thomas Weikel will give a lecture at Deyo Hall on Saturday, July 25, on President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Huguenot Street ancestry and stories of his visits to the street. Weikel previously presented this lecture in Hyde Park in March [...]

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A Great Resource

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. One of the best places to begin is Ulster County Surrogate’s Court in Kingston, New York. [...]

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Historic Huguenot Street Expands Popular Summer Camp

NEW PALTZ, NY – Historic Huguenot Street has added an additional week in July to its summer Camp Huguenot schedule, which features week-long summer camps on archaeology and colonial history.Campers between the ages of 9 and 12 are invited to discover, explore, and experience the National Historic Landmark District, where they will learn about the [...]

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July 4 Revolutionary War Reenactment

NEW PALTZ, NY (June 19, 2015) – Historic Huguenot Street will host a Revolutionary War reenactment on July 4, “New Paltz in the War for Independence.” Featuring members of the 5thNew York Regiment (, reenactors will camp on the DuBois Fort lawn (81 Huguenot Street) and perform a number of demonstrations throughout the day. At [...]

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St. George’s of Newburgh

There is a frequently overlooked historic cemetery in Newburgh named St. George’s Cemetery. This cemetery, founded by the Dr. Rev. John Brown in 1838, “is bound by Washington, Federal, South William, and Clark Streets,” in the historic East End of the City of Newburgh. It was created in part because more burial plots were needed [...]

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Local Cider Market & Tasting, Introduces Historic Crab Apple Cider

NEW PALTZ, NY (May 29, 2015) – As part of both New York State’s Path Through History Weekend and Hudson Valley Cider Week, Historic Huguenot Street will host a local cider market and tasting on Saturday, June 20. The market will feature 9 Hudson Valley cider makers, including: Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider (produced at Breezy [...]

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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 is the Director of the Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands. He has interpreted the American Revolution at Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site since 2009. He currently assists other history focused volunteer ... Read Full
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