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.

A Poor Excuse for the Letter You are too Lazy to Write.

Mother’s Day seems to have been around forever. It is fitting that this holiday be celebrated during the time of year where birth as well as renewal is all around us. Many histories give the credit to the holiday we celebrate today to Anna Jarvis. The holiday dates to 1908  when Jarvis organized the first [...]

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The Gunks-Ridge and Valley Towns Through Time

Gardiner, NY ( April 20, 2016)-Ron Knapp and Michael Neil O’Donnell will present a program on The Gunks-Ridge and Valley Towns Through Time at the Historical Society of Shawangunk-Gardiner on Monday, May 2 at 7 pm in Gardiner at the Gardiner Town Hall, Route 44/55 Gardiner NY. Their new book The Gunks-Ridge and Valley Towns Through [...]

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The Beekman Boys Join Historic Huguenot Street

NEW PALTZ, NY – After its annual winter “refresh” period, Historic Huguenot Street and its Museum Shop will re-open for 2016 on Saturday, May 7. The organization has spent the last several months revamping its entire guest experience, including the tour format, collections pieces displayed, Museum Shop offerings, and more. In honor of Opening Day, [...]

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Historic Huguenot Street Upgrades 2016 Tours With Renowned Interpretive Specialist Bill Weldon

NEW PALTZ, NY (April 15, 2016) – Historic Huguenot Street will officially launch its 2016 season on Saturday, May 7 from 10 am – 5:30 pm. The organization has spent the last 6 months working with Bill Weldon, former director at the National Association of Interpretation (NAI) and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, to develop a [...]

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History for Sale, Part II

During this time of his expanding family, Abraham Hasbrouck was becoming active in the political affairs of Kingston as well as Ulster County. Hasbrouck ran unsuccessfully for the General Assembly in 1737. However, a year after his marriage, he was elected to the General Assembly. A post he would hold from 1739-1752 and again from [...]

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Caught in a Bar with a Stolen Horse

Accord, New York is a hamlet located in southwestern Ulster County. At one time, it was a stop on the Delaware and Hudson (D&H) Canal known as Port Jackson. When the D&H Canal ceased operating, trains took its place. It is because it was such a hub of activity that hotels began to open. There [...]

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Las Villas of Plattekill and Ulster County

On Saturday, April 16th, at 2 p.m., the Plattekill Historical Society will introduce Ismael “Ish” Martinez Jr., the author of the newest Arcadia book “Las Villas of Plattekill and Ulster County,” which will be released the end of July 2016.  This program will be held at the society’s headquarters, 127 Church Street (off Route 32) [...]

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Did George Washington Eat Beaver Tail in Newburgh?

It has been over two centuries since George Washington rode into Newburgh, New York to take up his headquarters in the Hasbrouck house. “Situated at the southern end of King’s Street,” he used the Hasbrouck house as his military headquarters from 1782-1783. While headquartered in Newburgh, Washington used the room of seven doors and one [...]

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History for Sale, Part I

It is not every day that a house so connected to Hudson Valley history goes up for sale. This is just the case with the Abraham Hasbrouck house located on Greene Street in the Stockade District of Kingston, New York. Abraham Hasbrouck’s house was not only burned by the British in 1777, he is also [...]

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A Mystery Solved: Cornelius Hasbrouck, Stolen Cattle and Newburgh, NY Part III

Judge Robert Yates penned a letter dated January 13, 1781, to Governor George Clinton. It included the sworn examinations of John Stillwell, and John Simpson. He alerted the Governor that Cornelius Hasbrouck had been tried and convicted in the theft of Continental Army Cattle. Governor Clinton no doubt was also made aware of the examinations [...]

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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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