Category Archives: Picturing the Past

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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The Shawangunk Mountains (The Gunks) are renowned for stunning landscapes on and off the ridge in a region that has remained a favorite destination for visitors since the middle of the 19th century. A highlight of the book are nearly a hundred pairs of photographs taken approximately a century apart.   In addition to presenting information [...]

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Eleanor Roosevelt and her love of Christmas

Eleanor Roosevelt with her daughter Anna and grandchildren

There are many facts about Eleanor Roosevelt that everyone knows. She was our longest serving First Lady, a UN diplomat, a Civil Rights activist, a writer, and a champion for all people in need everywhere. But one fact that we might not consider when thinking of Eleanor Roosevelt is that she loved Christmas! This time [...]

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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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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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Hudson Valley K-9 in The White House

  They say that if you want a friend in Washington, get a dog. All but 10 of our Presidents took that advice seriously. Over the past two centuries of White House history there have been over 100 dogs that have made 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue their home. One of the most famous of these dogs [...]

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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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A Look at Christmas Past

Subscribe to Hudson Valley History Blog by Email So it is the holiday season again. A time for shopping, cooking, and to make New Year’s Resolutions. Historically speaking, it feels as if it is a ritual as old as time itself.  It made me want to reflect on yesteryear, and what newspapers were reporting on this time about [...]

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A Note to Our Readers

Subscribe to Hudson Valley History Blog by Email As the year comes to a close, History & Heritage would like to take this opportunity to thank our readers for another good year! We have seen the interest in this site continue to grow. We look ahead to 2016 with more coverage of local history events, [...]

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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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