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.

Deepest History of the Hudson Valley From 15,000 b.c.e. to 1830 c.e

Historian and member of the New Paltz Historical Society, Dr.Thomas Mounkhall will talk about the role World History played in the Hudson Valley. World history (not to be confused with diplomatic or international history) is a field of historical study that emerged as a distinct academic field in the 1980s. It examines history from a [...]

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Runaways from Slavery in New York’s Hudson River Valley, 1735–1831

In Defiance: Runawys from Slavery in New York’s Hudson River Valley is a new release by authors Susan Stessin-Cohn and Ashley Hurlburt-Biagini. It documents 607 fugitives from slavery in the 18th and 19th-century Hudson River Valley region of New York State through the reproduction and transcription of 512 archival newspaper notices for runaway slaves placed by their [...]

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Lost Rondout: A Story of Urban Removal

Lost Rondout: A Story of Urban Removal is a film about the growth, destruction, and rebirth of the Rondout District in Kingston, to be presented by the Town of Lloyd Historical Preservation Society at its upcoming public program on Monday, December 5, 2016 at 7 pm at the Vineyard Commons Theater in Highland. Urban Removal? No, it’s [...]

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Kickstarting Hugo the Huguenot*

Obsessively checking Kickstarter is something that I have tried not to do over the past week.  But I admit, it has been hard not to.  Ever since I launched the campaign to raise funds to publish the book, Hugo the Huguenot, I have wondered, how will it go?  Will I really get to make this [...]

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A Holiday on Huguenot Street

NEW PALTZ, NY (November 14, 2016) – Historic Huguenot Street and the Reformed Church of New Paltz present A Holiday on Huguenot Streeton December 2 and 3, featuring holiday tours, a craft fair, horse-drawn wagon rides, farm animals, and more. The series of events will begin at 4 pm on Friday, December 2, with Historic [...]

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2016 Annual Candlelight Tour

This year’s Candlelight Tour, sponsored by the Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands, is getting ready for its big day this coming December, with interesting and historic houses on board for viewing by the public. As usual, the tour will commence with the beautiful historic headquarters of the Historical Society, the Captain David [...]

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A Wicked Thanksgiving

It has been a while since I last posted. I would say almost 6 months. My father was killed riding his bicycle this past August. So I took a little break from posting to reflect. However, writing is my therapy, local history my healing and my readers like a family. I could not let a [...]

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Slavery in New Paltz

NEW PALTZ – To coincide with The Slave Dwelling Project’s Joseph McGill and Terry James, Historic Huguenot Street (HHS) has recently curated a new exhibit to explore the topic of slavery in New Paltz. This exhibit centers around wills and other documents dating from the late 17th century through the early 19th century from the [...]

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The Colden Mansion approaches its 250th Anniversary*

Next year marks the 250th anniversary of a Montgomery landmark. The Colden mansion, along with its surrounding land, was originally the home of Cadwallader Colden, Jr., his wife Elizabeth Ellison, and their large family. The stone structure, remnants of which are still visible on Route 17K, dates to 1767. A stone from the house, which [...]

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The Guilford Church in Gardiner, New York

Guilford was a hamlet that existed prior to the formation of Gardiner in 1853. It was named for the patent that had been granted to Graham and Delavel. Joseph Hasbrouck and his wife Elise Schoonmaker purchased 2,000 acres from James Graham and John Delavel in 1706. During this time if residents of Guilford wanted to [...]

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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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