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Historic Huguenot Street Hires Executive Director

NEW PALTZ, NY (March 24, 2017) – Concluding a national search, Historic Huguenot Street is pleased to announce the hiring of its new Executive Director, Marybeth De Filippis. Ms. De Filippis is an award-winning museum professional and scholar specializing in the material culture and history of early New York.She served for eight years at the [...]

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Speaker Bill Birns focuses on Burroughs

The Town of Lloyd Historical Preservation Society  provides a new look at the life of the region’s favorite naturalist, John Burroughs.  Speaker Bill Birns focuses on Burroughs’ philosophy of life and appreciation of nature, reflected in the title Birns has given his presentation: “‘I Go To Nature To Be Soothed and Healed:’ John Burroughs & [...]

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Hidden Treasures of the Hudson Valley

On Saturday, March 18th at 1 PM, the Plattekill Historical Preservation Society is pleased to welcome Tony Musso, author of Hidden Treasures of the Hudson Valley Volumes 1 & 2. Each of these feature 55 sites throughout the local upstate New York region that, while not widely known, boast significant ties to, among other things [...]

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  HYDE PARK, NY — The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum will present LISTENING TO THE ROOSEVELTS: ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, “FIRST LADY OF RADIO” at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, in the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home. Hosted by Library Director Paul Sparrow — in conversation with Anya [...]

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The Making of New Paltz: A History Series by  Carol Johnson, with Margaret Stanne

  This eight-week course will cover the development of the town and village of New Paltz from 1678 to the present. Did you know that the introduction of public services led to the creation of the Village? Or that the borders with the neighboring towns changed the geography of New Paltz? Discover how the development [...]

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“A History of American Women in Song”

NEW PALTZ, NY (February 27, 2017) – On Saturday, March 11, Historic Huguenot Street will host a performance by Linda Russell in honor of Women’s History Month in the Crispell Memorial French Church. Russell’s performance, “A History of American Women in Song,” will explore the role of women’s lives in society from the 18th century [...]

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The Grange

Did you ever wonder when and why the organization for GRANGES was started and what drew so many people to join them? The Grange was founded as an agricultural organization in 1873, at a time when agriculture was the primary occupation of rural citizens. Agriculture is still important to the Grange and its members know [...]

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HRMM Celebrates Black History

  KINGSTON, NY – The Hudson River Maritime Museum is pleased to announce a special lecture celebrating Black History Month on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at 2:30 pm in the museum’s Riverport Wooden Boat School classroom. “Black Maritime Workers in Early America: Challenging Slavery and Shaping Freedom Then and Now” is open to the public [...]

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HYDE PARK, NY — On February 19, 2017 — the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 — the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum will open a new photographic exhibition entitled, IMAGES OF INTERNMENT: THE INCARCERATION OF JAPANESE AMERICANS DURING WORLD WAR II, with over 200 photographs including the work of Dorothea [...]

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“The History of the Hudson River Valley: From Wilderness to the Civil War”

As historian Vernon Benjamin chronicles, the Hudson River Valley has been a place of contradictions since its first settlement by Europeans. Discovered by an Englishman who claimed it for the Dutch, the region soon became home to the most vibrant trading outpost for the New World colonies―the Island of Manhattan―even as the rest of the [...]

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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

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    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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    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

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    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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