Author Archives: AJ Schenkman

“Santa Paws” Arrives on Huguenot Street

NEW PALTZ, NY – Historic Huguenot Street will open its doors on Small Business Saturday, November 29, for a dog-friendly holiday sale in the Museum Store. Throughout the day, doggy daycare will be available for those with furry friends, and dogs are invited to take a photo with Santa from 10 am – 12 pm [...]

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Wildmere and Cliff House

A couple of weeks ago I went for a relaxing walk around Lake Minnewaksa. It is a favorite destination for me. Half way around the lake I decided to sit on a rock and eat a sandwich that I had packed. While sitting there I remembered as a child coming up to Lake Minnewaska before [...]

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Historic Huguenot Street to Host SUNY New Paltz Ceramics Program Exhibit

NEW PALTZ, NY (November 14, 2014) – Historic Huguenot Street has collaborated with the Ceramics program at SUNY New Paltz to present “Insight/On Site,” an exhibit of student artworks, on Saturday, November 22, from 3 pm to 6 pm. Inspired by the structures and collections of Historic Huguenot Street, works will be displayed throughout the [...]

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An Unforgiving Land: Hardscrabble Life in the Trapps Lecture on November 9

Marbletown, New York (November 8 ) Authors Josephson and Larsen present their newest book, an illustrated history of a small, hardscrabble community in the Shawangunk Mountains of Ulster County where today’s Mohonk Preserve and Minnewaska State Park Preserve now lie. From early post-Revolutionary days through World War II, a few hardy families scratched out a [...]

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Historic Huguenot Street Vandalized on Halloween Night

NEW PALTZ, NY (November 7, 2014) – The board and staff of Historic Huguenot Street are saddened to report that on Halloween night, the Nations Historic Landmark District’s burial ground was vandalized. Photos of the destruction were taken and a police report has been filed with the New Paltz Police Department. Historic Huguenot Street is now [...]

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“Mama, Tell Sam Who Hurt You….” Part II

Mrs. Rogers recounted to the detectives that not only did her husband know Ingerick, but Ingerick told Mr. Rogers that the two brothers kept large sums of money in the house. Mrs. Rogers also remembered seeing her husband with a gas pipe 2′ long when he left that morning, and when he came back he had [...]

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“Mama, Tell Sam Who Hurt You….” Part I

“Mama tell Sam who hurt you!” Charles pleaded with his mother who laid motionless in her hospital bed. There was nothing but silence. The Middletown Chief of Police stood in the corner nervously biting his lip. He stood looking at the only survivor of a horrible crime. Sam looked over at the chief and spoke again, [...]

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“France in the Americas,” a lecture by David Bell

New Paltz, NY (11/01/2014)-Princeton Professor of History David Bell will give a lecture on French exploration and settlement in the Americas in the 17th and 18th centuries, starting with the founding of colonies in Acadia and Québec, as well as the founding of Louisiana at the turn of the 18th century. Bell will also discuss [...]

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NEWBURGH, NY – On November 9, 2014, the Friends of the State Historic Sites of the Hudson Highlands will host a talk on Newburgh’s manufacturing history at Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site. Industrial Historian Russell Lange, former President of the Newburgh Historical Society, will deliver his popular talk titled, “Made in Newburgh”. For 150 years [...]

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There are Ghosts on the Street

NEW PALTZ, NY (October 20, 2014) – Historic Huguenot Street has announced the return of its signature Halloween event, Haunted Huguenot Street. This year will feature fresh interpretations and interactive activities for guests rooted in the legends and history behind Historic Huguenot Street. Haunted Huguenot Street programming will run for two weekends, October 24 – [...]

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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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