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.

Guest Blog:Black Mariners in the Atlantic World PT.3

Finally, in my talk I highlighted the actions of David Walker. This free black man, born in the South and well traveled, eventually settled in Boston where he opened a used clothing store. Spurred on by the atrocities he had witnessed in and around the plantation system, Walker became a forceful advocate for the abolition [...]

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Guest Blog:Black Mariners in the Atlantic World PT. 2

After this introduction to enslaved maritime workers and some of the ramifications of the existence of such a group on a somewhat localized level, I typically turn to some examples of maritime workers, enslaved and free, to begin working out larger implications. As I did in my talk, I like to give examples of maritime [...]

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Guest Blog:Black Mariners in the Atlantic World PT. 1

February 26, 2017 Position: 18˚ 47’ N x 68˚ 05’ W Sailing through the Mona Passage between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic As I write this guest blog entry for the Hudson River Maritime Museum, I am tucked away in the aft cabin of the SSV Corwith Cramer, a 134-foot brigantine, nearing the end [...]

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Historic Huguenot Street Constructing Replica Native American Wigwam

NEW PALTZ, NY (April 7, 2017) – Historic Huguenot Street is pleased to announce that it is constructing a replica Munsee Native American wigwamto celebrate the 340th anniversary of the signing of the 1677 land agreement between the Munsee Esopus sachems and the Huguenot Refugees.  The land agreement provided for the 12 Huguenot founders to [...]

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Historic Huguenot Street Hires Executive Director

NEW PALTZ, NY (March 24, 2017) – Concluding a national search, Historic Huguenot Street is pleased to announce the hiring of its new Executive Director, Marybeth De Filippis. Ms. De Filippis is an award-winning museum professional and scholar specializing in the material culture and history of early New York.She served for eight years at the [...]

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Speaker Bill Birns focuses on Burroughs

The Town of Lloyd Historical Preservation Society  provides a new look at the life of the region’s favorite naturalist, John Burroughs.  Speaker Bill Birns focuses on Burroughs’ philosophy of life and appreciation of nature, reflected in the title Birns has given his presentation: “‘I Go To Nature To Be Soothed and Healed:’ John Burroughs & [...]

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Hidden Treasures of the Hudson Valley

On Saturday, March 18th at 1 PM, the Plattekill Historical Preservation Society is pleased to welcome Tony Musso, author of Hidden Treasures of the Hudson Valley Volumes 1 & 2. Each of these feature 55 sites throughout the local upstate New York region that, while not widely known, boast significant ties to, among other things [...]

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  HYDE PARK, NY — The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum will present LISTENING TO THE ROOSEVELTS: ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, “FIRST LADY OF RADIO” at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, in the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home. Hosted by Library Director Paul Sparrow — in conversation with Anya [...]

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Old Town’s Notable Residents

One of my favorite burial grounds/cemeteries is the Old Town Cemetery in the city of Newburgh. One of the many reasons it is a favorite destination is because of the notable people interred within its bounds. Two such notables are congressmen, Thomas McKissock and Jonathan Fisk. McKissock was born in Montgomery, New York on April 17, 1790. [...]

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The Making of New Paltz: A History Series by  Carol Johnson, with Margaret Stanne

  This eight-week course will cover the development of the town and village of New Paltz from 1678 to the present. Did you know that the introduction of public services led to the creation of the Village? Or that the borders with the neighboring towns changed the geography of New Paltz? Discover how the development [...]

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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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