Category Archives: City of Kingston

Guest Blog:Black Mariners in the Atlantic World PT.3

Finally, in my talk I highlighted the actions of David Walker. This free black man, born in the South and well traveled, eventually settled in Boston where he opened a used clothing store. Spurred on by the atrocities he had witnessed in and around the plantation system, Walker became a forceful advocate for the abolition [...]

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Guest Blog:Black Mariners in the Atlantic World PT. 2

After this introduction to enslaved maritime workers and some of the ramifications of the existence of such a group on a somewhat localized level, I typically turn to some examples of maritime workers, enslaved and free, to begin working out larger implications. As I did in my talk, I like to give examples of maritime [...]

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The Curious Case of Pvt. David L. Wells

There is an interesting headstone in the Pine Bush Cemetery in Rochester, N.Y. on Route 209. If you are not looking for it, you will definitely miss it. It is unassuming, and partially overshadowed by the gas station next door. A closer look  reveals a remarkable story and the Civil War solider who lived it. His name was [...]

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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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Hudson River Maritime Museum Digitization Project*

Earlier in March, the New York Times wrote an article about the digitization effortsof large museums across the globe. Dramatic increases in visitor traffic have endangered some collections and digitizing them – taking high-resolution photos or scans of documents, images, and objects – is one way of protecting the collections. But digitization is also about [...]

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History for Sale, Part II

During this time of his expanding family, Abraham Hasbrouck was becoming active in the political affairs of Kingston as well as Ulster County. Hasbrouck ran unsuccessfully for the General Assembly in 1737. However, a year after his marriage, he was elected to the General Assembly. A post he would hold from 1739-1752 and again from [...]

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History for Sale, Part I

It is not every day that a house so connected to Hudson Valley history goes up for sale. This is just the case with the Abraham Hasbrouck house located on Greene Street in the Stockade District of Kingston, New York. Abraham Hasbrouck’s house was not only burned by the British in 1777, he is also [...]

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A Mystery Solved: Cornelius Hasbrouck, Stolen Cattle and Newburgh, NY Part III

Judge Robert Yates penned a letter dated January 13, 1781, to Governor George Clinton. It included the sworn examinations of John Stillwell, and John Simpson. He alerted the Governor that Cornelius Hasbrouck had been tried and convicted in the theft of Continental Army Cattle. Governor Clinton no doubt was also made aware of the examinations [...]

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A Mystery Revisited: Cornelius Hasbrouck, Stolen Cattle and Newburgh, NY Part II

John Stillwell, a local inn keeper, was also employed as a butcher for the Continental Army, when he was approached by Cornelius Hasbrouck. Hasbrouck complained to Stillwell that an ox kept escaping from his pasture He asked Stillwell, if he saw it roaming, to just kill it. If he did to kill it he could [...]

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A Day of Information About the Nathaniel Booth House

An important media event will take place Saturday, March 26th, in the Council Chamber of Kingston City Hall. “A Day of Information About the Nathaniel Booth House,” is scheduled to begin at 1:00 pm. Written in Stone, Ulster County’s Historic Legacy, an on-line group, has invited Professor Stuart M. Blumin, Cornell University, to speak about [...]

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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

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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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