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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 Mayhem in Ulster County (History Press 2013), co-authored with A.J. Schenkman. In addition, she has published numerous articles on history pertaining to the Hudson Valley and volunteers time as a board member and researcher to several Hudson Valley organizations devoted to the preservation of local history.

Plattekill Historical Society to Present Informal Antiques Appraisal on June 18, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: On Saturday, June 18, the Plattekill Historical Society will welcome back antiques experts Walter Marquez, owner of the Antiques Barn at Water Street Market and Sanford Levy, owner of Jenkinstown Antiques. Members and guests are encouraged to bring an item or two of interest for Mr. Marquez and Mr. Levy to informally [...]

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Celebrate 100 Years of the National Parks Service with the Plattekill Historical Society

On Saturday, May 21, 2016, the Plattekill Historical Society will welcome back postcard expert John Duda, coordinator of the Katterskill Postcard Club, for a special presentation on the National Parks System Centennial. The Centennial celebrates a century of stewardship of America’s national parks and engaging of communities through recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs. Mr. [...]

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Wallkill Valley Land Trust’s 6th Annual Historic House Tour

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Vals Osborne Phone: 845-255-6133 Email: vosborne@stribling.com Houses on the Land: Sherwood’s Forest – Rural Lloyd from the Wetlands to the River The Wallkill Valley Land Trust’s 6th annual Houses on the Land tour will take place on Saturday, June 4th, 2016. This year’s tour explores the fascinating legacy of the Town [...]

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Callahan’s Final Jump

Feeling invincible after successfully leaping from the Brooklyn in the summer of 1895, Patrick Callahan, the self-proclaimed “King of Bridge-jumping,” set his sights on an even riskier prize – the newly constructed Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge. Callahan, an Irish immigrant living in New York City, was a twenty-seven-year-old bartender who had found that he could earn [...]

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Historic Ulster County in Gingerbread

A Holiday Display at Bevier House Museum December 5 and 12, 2015 (Marbletown, NY) – A delightful holiday season exhibition of historic Ulster County buildings, created from gingerbread, will be on display at the Bevier House Museum in Marbletown during two consecutive Saturday open house celebrations. The gingerbread house exhibition will take place on Saturday, [...]

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Opportunity for Escape

Owing to lax security and an aging facility, a number of escapes were attempted by inmates in the Ulster County Jail during its early history. (See “Breaking the Law,” by AJ Schenkman, http://blogs.hudsonvalley.com/hudson-valley-history/2015/10/21/breaking-the-law/) A few efforts were so successful that they could have cleared the jail of its entire population, if not for the intervention [...]

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The 1883 Milton on Hudson Train Station

Along the Hudson River shoreline in the town of Marlborough, the 1883 Milton Railroad Station stands as a reminder of the vital role the railroad played in the development of the town. The land on which the station is located was once actively used by Native Americans, with archeological evidence suggesting that at least two [...]

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Spring in Balmville

The blog post below first appeared in 2014 and I thought it fitting to run it again today, August 5, 2015, as the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation takes down the damaged remains of this historic tree. (See today’s related article by Michael Randall and video regarding the removal at  http://www.recordonline.com/article/20150805/NEWS/150809741/-1/breaking_ajax)   (April 18, [...]

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African Contributions to the Hudson Valley – A Bevier House Museum Lecture

(Marbletown,  NY) – Africans brought to the Hudson Valley as slaves played a significant role  in the development of this region, and their contributions continued as freed  people. This significant but classically neglected chapter in local history is  the subject of a powerful lecture on Saturday, August 15. The lecture, titled “There is a River – [...]

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Houses on the Land: A Historic House Tour in Marlborough

Houses on the Land: The Fruits of Marlborough, From the Highlands to the Hudson Saturday, May 30, 2015 – 11:00 am – 4:30 pm The Wallkill Valley Land Trust’s Fifth Annual Historic House tour celebrates the rich and enduring cultural history, architectural traditions and agricultural heritage of Marlborough’s hamlets – Milton, Marlboro and Lattingtown, a region [...]

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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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