The Ghost of Sam Kettle Part I

Bruin House in Wawarsing HABS HAER

I like a good story and one of my favorites is the ghost story involving Sam Kettle. The first time I heard this story was while on stand-by in the Kerhonkson fire house where I was a firefighter for many years. Many people living in Ulster County do not realize that during the American War for Independence Western Ulster County was considered the frontier. It was not only vulnerable to attacks by Tories, but also by their Native American allies. Sam Kettle, according to C.G. Hine in his book on the Old Mine Road, was murdered in one such raid.

Sam Kettle was killed in the raid of August 12, 1781. A force of 300 Iroquois and, according to the Brigade of the American Revolution’s April 2006 newsletter, 90 of Butler’s Rangers raided Wawarsing. This raiding party from Fort Niagara was led by Captain William Caldwell. “They had marched for 18 days.” One of the first individuals to apprise New York State Governor Clinton of the attack was Colonel Levi Pawling from the 3rd Ulster County Militia. A letter, written by the colonel, contained in Clinton’s papers, arrived from Marbletown. It occurred, according to the letter, at 9:00 in the morning. He continued that Colonel Cantine, also of the 3rd Ulster County Militia, was at “mumbakers.” This is probably a reference to Mombaccus which is the present day Town of Rochester. He explained as events unfolded that Cantine sent an express letter to Colonel Albert Pawling to alert him that the enemy was at Wawarsing. Cantine reported that there was lots of gunfire and that smoke was coming from several houses. Albert Pawling, hurried to the relief of Wawarsing. He also sent a letter asking Levi Pawling to contact Major Adrian Wynkoop.

The attack was over by 10:00 in the morning. Soldiers that were stationed to defend the settlement were no match for the superior force. In a letter, two days after the attack, Clinton wrote to General Philip Schuyler, that the soldiers took to the houses to defend the settlement. It was this maneuver he felt that saved the settlement from complete destruction.

It was not until noon, that Major Wynkoop finally assembled troops to march to the relief of Warwarsing. Once the Tory led raiding party retreated, a Tory deserter was captured. He was identified as Vroom, and told his captors all the information that he knew. This included the size of the war party including they were in desperate need of supplies. He confirmed that the war party had originated in Niagara. When asked how they attacked Wawarsing, the prisoner informed them that they had captured two scouts posted near the Delaware River. These scouts, named Burgher and Hine, gave the leaders of the party the “strength and disposition” of the troops at Wawarsing.  The party“quietly slipped past the Patriot post at Lackawack and arrived undiscovered.” In addition to the valuable intelligence from the deserter it became apparent that the raid was quite destructive. A letter by express to Levi Pawling from Albert Pawling confirmed a lot of what would later be learned about the size and purpose of the raid on Wawarsing.

Among the houses that had been torched were the homes of Johannes G. Hardenbergh, as well as, “Benjamin Bruyn, 2 other Bruyn houses, Rubin DeWitt and several others.” There was only one known casualty on the Wawarsing side. It was John Tuttle who was killed and scalped. However, several dead and wounded were the casualties on the other side. The party was able to make off with many horses and other livestock.

Although urged to pursue the raiding party, Colonels Cantine and Albert Pawling decided that it would be prudent to wait for reinforcements. Instead Albert Pawling sent a letter asking Levi Pawling to use his influence to convince Colonel Snyder to send his regiment marching without delay.  According to Clinton’s papers, Cantine and Albert Pawling also wrote to area officers, including “Colonel Elvindorph,” asking them for help. If Elvindorph could march quickly enough, the soldiers would leave “about the rising of the moon.” Although some planned on pursuing the war party, they were delayed because night of the attack it rained heavily. It was also quite a dark night.

Bruin House Wawarsing Route 209 HABS HAER

In his letter to Governor Clinton Levi Pawling complained about the lack of help from Elvindorph and Snyder. Some help had arrived but it was not enough and he was not sure if those soldiers who did arrive were actually planning to march in pursuit. This prompted Levi Pawling to write, “such Deadness of Military Spirit I never saw before. I think an Inquiry into such conduct ought to be made.”




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HRMM Celebrates Black History


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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 with a suggested donation of $5; HRMM members are free.

Dr. Craig Marin, Assistant Professor of Maritime Studies at SEA or Sea Education Association in Woods Hole, MA, will be connecting Early American history experiences for black maritime workers to modern accomplishments and continued challenges for African Americans. Dr. Marin will use maritime stories uncovered in his research that will further illuminate the circumstances of Africans and African Americans in the maritime world during the age of sail.

For more information about the lecture, please contact Lana Chassman,, call 845.338.0071 ext. 15, visit our website or like us on Facebook.

About the museum: Located along the historic Rondout Creek waterfront in downtown Kingston, NY, the Hudson River Maritime Museum is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the maritime history of the Hudson River, its tributaries, and related industries. In 2016, HRMM opened the Riverport Wooden Boat School.

HUDSON RIVER MARITIME MUSEUM 50 Rondout Landing ▪ Kingston, NY 12401 ▪ 845.338.0071


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Japanese Relocation Center at Manzanar NARA-1942

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 Lange and Ansel Adams. Signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Executive Order 9066 led to the incarceration of 120,000 people of Japanese descent — including approximately 80,000 American citizens — during World War II. The exhibit will be on display in the Library’s William J. vanden Heuvel Gallery through December 31, 2017. Regular hours and admission apply.


In the tense weeks after Japan’s December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, many Americans — particularly those on the Pacific Coast — feared enemy attack and saw danger in every corner. Rumors and sensational media reports heightened the climate of fear. Under pressure from military and political leaders, President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942. It is widely viewed today as a serious violation of civil liberties.

IMAGES OF INTERNMENT begins with a small document-focused display that briefly introduces the context behind FDR’s decision to issue Executive Order 9066. It includes the role of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who disagreed with FDR’s decision. In April 1943, the First Lady visited an internment camp. Shortly after that the Japanese American Citizens League presented her with a painting of the Topaz camp by Chiura Obata (1885-1975), a Japanese American artist who was confined there. Mrs. Roosevelt displayed the painting in her New York City home until her death in 1962. It is included in the exhibition.


Visitors then enter the exhibition’s main gallery where they will encounter over 200 photographs (including some reproduced in dramatically large formats) that provide a visual record of the forced removal of Japanese Americans and their lives inside the restricted world of the remote government camps operated by the War Relocation Authority (WRA). Most of these images were shot by skilled photographers hired by the WRA. The WRA visual records (held at the National Archives and Records Administration in College Park, Maryland) include the work of Dorothea Lange, Clem Albers, Francis Stewart, and Hikaru Iwasaki. IMAGES OF INTERNMENT also features photographs taken by Ansel Adams at the Manzanar camp and a selection of photos shot by George and Frank Hirahara, who were held at the Heart Mountain camp in Wyoming.
The exhibit includes a short film that features excerpts from oral history accounts of Japanese Americans in which they describe their experiences. There is also a video presentation of President Ronald Reagan’s remarks when he signed the 1988 bill that provided an official government apology and cash payment to each surviving person covered under Executive Order 9066.
Please contact Cliff Laube at (845) 486-7745 or email with questions about the exhibition.
The National Archives holds hundreds of thousands of records relating to the internment, including the personal records of those detained, films of life in the camps, and documentation of the administration of the camps.


Related Online Resources:
FDR Library Online Exhibit/Virtual Tour
FDR Library – Japanese-American Internment: World War II “Teachable Moment”


Japanese-American internment video, from the FDR Library’s Pare Lorentz Center


FDR and Japanese American Internment


Japanese Relocation During World War II
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
Designed by Franklin Roosevelt and dedicated on June 30, 1941, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum is the nation’s first presidential library and the only one used by a sitting president. Every president since FDR has followed his example and established a presidential library administered by the National Archives and Records Administration to preserve and make accessible to the American people the records of their presidencies. The Roosevelt Library’s mission is to foster a deeper understanding of the lives and times of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and their continuing impact on contemporary life. This work is carried out through the Library’s archives and research room, museum collections and exhibitions, innovative educational programs, and engaging public programming. For more information about the Library or its programs call (800) 337-8474 or visit

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An American Paradox: “Enslavement on the Hudson”

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HYDE PARK, NY — The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and the Mid-Hudson Antislavery History Project — in commemoration of African American History Month — will present ”An American Paradox: Enslavement on the Hudson” with Associate Director of Content Development at Historic Hudson Valley Michael A. Lord on Thursday, February 2, 2017. The program will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center. This event is free and open to the public.

Although the history of enslavement in the Hudson River Valley is well documented and researched, its existence and significance to the development of New York’s commercial and cultural development continues to be obscured, ignored, or misunderstood by many. In ”An American Paradox: Enslavement on the Hudson,” Michael A. Lord, examines the issues, events, and individual choices surrounding enslavement in the Hudson Valley from the perspective of the enslaved. Using the historic site of Philipsburg Manor as a focal point, Lord’s presentation traces the development of slavery throughout the Hudson River Valley, and why this most-American of stories continues to be relevant.

A magna cum laude graduate of Amherst College with degrees in History and Black Studies, Michael A. Lord was introduced to living history as a graduate student at the College of William and Mary. He began his work at Historic Hudson Valley in 1998 as the Associate Director for Reinterpretation, working to create and implement Philipsburg’s story of northern colonial enslavement. Currently the Associate Director of Content Development, Lord trains staff at all five Historic Hudson Valley historic sites to tell the story of the Hudson Valley. He also writes, produces, and directs museum theatre presentations for Historic Hudson Valley and other institutions.

Please contact Cliff Laube at or (845) 486-7745 with questions about the event.

The Mid-Hudson Antislavery History Project (MHAHP) is a non-profit group created in 2006 to bring together researchers, educators, community leaders, and members of the public to: conduct and synthesize research on the history of antislavery in the Mid-Hudson Valley, with special emphasis on the Underground Railroad; interpret this history and share these interpretations with a wide array of residents and visitors in our area, with particular attention to students and youth; and place this local history in the broader contexts of racial slavery in the New World, the African-American experience, and antislavery legacies today, including the impact of this historic grassroots movement on subsequent struggles for racial and social justice. For information visit

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
Designed by Franklin Roosevelt and dedicated on June 30, 1941, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum is the nation’s first presidential library and the only one used by a sitting president. Every president since FDR has followed his example and established a presidential library administered by the National Archives and Records Administration to preserve and make accessible to the American people the records of their presidencies. The Roosevelt Library’s mission is to foster a deeper understanding of the lives and times of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and their continuing impact on contemporary life. This work is carried out through the Library’s archives and research room, museum collections and exhibitions, innovative educational programs, and engaging public programming. For more information about the Library or its programs call (800) 337-8474 or visit

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A Roadside Murder

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“How long will peaceable people consent to being shot down, clubbed, or choked to death is a question not much longer to remain unanswered.” The New Paltz Independent of March 1873, continued, “if the present plan of uncertain and dilatory punishment is continued, quick death will overtake the murderer by summary process.” This was an obvious reference to vigilante justice.

Ulster County, more specifically New Paltz, had, had enough of what it perceived as an escalation in grisly murders. The populace read in dismay as each murder was more violent and sensational than the one before it. The latest was the ax killing of Daniel A. Hasbrouck, by Levi Bodine. Prior to this murder, Ulster County read with horror about the roadside murderer.

 “A loafing, shifting vagabond, too worthless to work…” is how The Monticello Watchman described forty-two year old Jeremiah Smith. He was a native of Neversink in Sullivan County when he met Sophia Tompkins who hailed from Olive in neighboring Ulster County. She had four children 5, 9, 12, with a daughter already grown and married. All her children were from a previous marriage. When Smith met Tompkins she was the widow of Private Jacob Hornbeck. Private Hornbeck had enlisted in the 143rd Regiment, Company C, in Sullivan County during the Civil War. Her husband was killed in 1864 during Sherman’s March to the Sea.

 Smith, a farmer, was about 6’ tall with a light complexion. Those who knew him believed he slept with 2 loaded pistols and an axe in case anyone tried to give him trouble. He trusted no one, not even his prervious wife, who, according The New York Times, was locked in a room at night while Smith slept. His neighbors described him as “very intemperate in his habits.” Tompkins and Smith were wed in September 1867. Tompkin’s family was doubtful that her new husband could be of any benefit. Some believed he was only after her late husband’s military pension which she had been collecting since his death. In addition, she also collected a pension for the three children who were still minors.

Wurtsborough Sullivan County Atlas, F.W. Beers-Library of Congress

The family eventually ended up near 3 miles west of Wurtsboro in late 1867 on the road to Monticello.  It was here that the new Mrs. Smith put down $125 with the intent to buy a place to live. The money according to newspapers came from her late husband’s pension as well as a bounty paid to her husband.

On Saturday November 14, 1868, Smith left home to rent a wagon and a horse from the Mansion House Livery. When he returned, about 1:00 pm, he greeted his wife. He explained to her that he had rented a horse and wagon to take her to Olive. His wife’s eldest daughter, he explained, had been in a terrible accident. Smith continued that she had been thrown from a wagon, and could die.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith climbed into the wagon, and made the journey towards Olive making one stop in Ellenville. It was at the stable of E.D. Terwilliger. The couple continued their journey in the evening. However, the couple never arrived at their destination. Police later determined that they only got as far as Accord.

As the wagon approached Accord, Smith pulled out one of the pistols he kept with him when he slept. He fired a shot point blank range at his wife, followed by a second shot. She tumbled out of the wagon. Smith stopped the wagon, hopped out, and found a rock.  He proceeded to pound his wife’s head until he was sure she was dead. Smith buried her in a shallow grave on the side of the road, and then turned the wagon around. As he neared home he saw a local boy walking along the road. He asked the boy to take his horse and wagon back to where he had rented it. His only comment to the boy was that the horse gave out, and could not continue the trip. He explained that he sent his wife on to Olive with a passerby. It was Sunday, November 15. Smith walked back home where his wife’s three children waited. He arrived Monday, November 16 leaving the next day with the children after cleaning out the house of everything but a small trunk.

When the horse and wagon arrived, the owner of the stable found a pillow, according to The New York Times, covered in blood. Citizens became suspicious at this point and went to the Smith house. After repeatedly knocking, they forced the door. What they found was an empty house with only a trunk belonging to Mrs. Smith. Later when they located her body the dress she was wearing at the time of the murder, would match fabric in the trunk.

 Smith took the children with the intention of going fleeing towards Otisville. Newspapers reported that he stayed one night there. Some believed he was on his way to Newburgh, one paper stated, when a local resident felt something was amiss and alerted authorities.

 Authorities retraced the route taken by Smith with his wife. In a shallow grave they found the remains of Smith’s murdered wife. District Attorney Wesbrook, Coroner Bogardus, a police officer, and the late woman’s daughter as well as husband were summoned to the scene. They positively identified the body.

A 1,000 dollar was offered for the capture of Jerimiah Smith. Sam Gumaer, a hotel keeper in Wurtsboro, hoped to make his fortune. He followed the trail until it went cold. The last time anyone saw Smith would be on November 24, heading towards Port Jervis. He resurfaced briefly abandoning the children with a local charity. 

Frustrated, the reward was increased to $3,000. A break in the case finally came in December 1868.   A thief was picked up by police in Kingston, and reported having known Smith. H believed that Smith was still in a jail out west. in Clyde, OhioThe New York Herald reported the following year, that Smith, committed a robbery in order to “get incarcerated in an out of the way jail.” Smith wanted to avoid being convicted for the death of his wife. What jail he was being in housed in, was never mentioned. It was described as off the beaten path.

Jeremiah Smith was never brought to justice.  As late as February 11, 1870, Detective Harrison of Ohio, had traced Smith to Clyde, Ohio with the help of Sam Gumaer. Harrison felt that Porter Smith had travelled to Ohio to help Jeremiah, and he felt that Gumaer should question a Peter Smith of Hasbrouck. Once again, the trail went cold. Some believe after serving his time, Jeremiah Smith moved to California where he died.


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

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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 valley retained the native beauty that would inspire artists from James Fenimore Cooper to Thomas Cole. Because of its unique geography and proximity to Canada, the Hudson Valley became the major theater for the battle between empires in the French and Indian War. When the colonists united in rebellion against the British several decades later, conflict came to the region once again, with decisive military engagements from Saratoga to West Point to the occupied New York Harbor. In the aftermath, New York emerged as the capital of a new nation, and wealth from the city flowed north to the burgeoning Valley, leading to a renaissance of culture and commerce that is still evident today.

Vernon Benjamin has lectured on the history of the Hudson Valley at Marist College and Bard College since 2003. He holds a Masters in Literature from Long Island University and a Bachelors in Sociology from Siena College. A former editor of the New Saugerties Times, he has written extensively on the Hudson Valley for various publications and has appeared on C-SPAN. He lives in Saugerties, NY.

Saturday, January 28, 2017
2:00pm 3:00pm
Deyo Hall in New Paltz, New York

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Gilded Age Tea & Talk Series

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Staatsburg, N.Y., January 3, 2017) – This winter, Staatsburgh State Historic Site, the former Hudson River estate of Ogden Mills and Ruth Livingston Mills, will offer an elegant and entertaining refuge from the cold by presenting its third Gilded Age Tea & Talkseries of programs. The series this winter features a new lineup of speakers and topics.

On Sunday, January 29, at 1 p.m., the first talk in the series presents curators from the New York State Bureau of Historic Sites, speaking on how the collections of Staatsburgh and Olana State Historic Sites were created. “What’s Worth Collecting? Exploring the Collections of Staatsburgh and Olana,” presented by Valerie Balint, Curator at Olana, and Amanda Massie, Curator for the Bureau of Historic Sites, will focus on why the families who lived in these exceptional 19th-century homes chose particular decorative objects and how they obtained the pieces that still grace these historic homes today.

Guests enjoy scones, tea sandwiches and the site’s unique and delicious tea, blended by renowned tea purveyors, Harney & Sons, while listening to a brief talk on a Gilded Age history theme, delivered by staff and guest presenters.  Each program in the Gilded Age Tea & Talk series begins at 1pm on a Sunday (in case of bad weather, the tea program will be postponed to the following Sunday).  Individual tea programs are $30 per person (or $25 per person for Friends of Mills Mansion members).  Reservations are required so please call 845-889-8851 or email to reserve.


The site and the Ogden Mills & Ruth Livingston Mills Memorial State Park are located on Old Post Road in Staatsburg, off Route 9 between Rhinebeck and Hyde Park. The historic site is one of six sites and 15 parks administered by the Taconic Region of New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. For more information please call 845-889-8851 or visit our websites at, and .

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Show and Tell!

M.E. Church Modena, NY-PHS

The first Plattekill Historical Society meeting of the year will take place on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 1 p.m. All are welcome to join us at the Modena Memorial United Methodist Church’s Hasbrouck Hall for a “Show and Tell.” Bring an item of historical interest to share with the group and learn more about the Historical Society’s extensive collection. In addition, PHS officers and board members will discuss upcoming projects and programs for the year. 

The Modena Methodist Church Hall (Hasbrouck Hall) is located on Route 44-55, just east of the intersection of Route 32 and Route 44-55. Program is free and refreshments will be served.

For more information, please call (845)883-6118 or visit the Plattekill Historical Society page on Facebook. 

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HYDE PARK, NY — Saturday, January 28, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Hudson Valley Tech Meetup and AT&T will present A DAY OF WOMEN IN TECH in the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home. This program is a celebration and showcase of women in New York’s Hudson Valley who are making significant contributions in the field of technology. A DAY OF WOMEN IN TECH, which welcomes everyone regardless of gender identity, will feature speakers and discussions on a diverse number of timely tech topics as well as Eleanor Roosevelt’s own use of technology to reshape the role of First Lady.

Admission is free. Lunch and a light breakfast will be provided by AT&T. Registration is required. Visit to register. Please respond by Wednesday, January 25, 2017.

Confirmed distinguished speakers and topics of discussion include New York State Senator Sue Serino delivering opening remarks; Manuela Roosevelt, editorial director at Callaway Arts & Entertainment, presenting on Eleanor Roosevelt as a technology pioneer and champion of women’s leadership; Marissa Shorenstein, New York president, AT&T, discussing AT&T’s ongoing efforts to help bridge the gender gap in the tech industry and what needs to be done on a global level — as well as thoughts about AT&T’s long standing commitment to a diverse workforce and dedication to providing tech related education and resources to high school aged girls to help ensure they are prepared to compete in the future innovation economy; Kate Bradley Chernis, Founder & CEO of Lately speaking on the launch of a new tech startup in the Hudson Valley — from an idea to recently closing their first major round of investment; Eileen Uchitelle, Senior Systems Engineer at Github discussing performance, Active Record, and contributing to Rails; Teresa Garrett, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Vassar College with Ariane Garrett, Engineering Student, University of Connecticut speaking on attracting and retaining diverse talent in STEM fields; and Amanda Kievet, Software Engineer & Consultant at Stride Consulting sharing her journey into the tech industry after she finished college and the mentors and role models that helped and motivated her along the way.

Organized and created by Hudson Valley Tech Meetup – a monthly meetup that supports, promotes and creates community around “all things tech” in the Hudson Valley of New York — A DAY OF WOMEN IN TECH will be hosted by Sabrina Schutzsmith, co-founder of Hudson Valley Tech Meetup and Digital Empire and Shauna Keating, Co-Organizer, Hudson Valley Tech Meetup.

AT&T’s support for A DAY OF WOMEN IN TECH is part of the company’s legacy of supporting educational programs focused on STEM disciplines in New York through AT&T Aspire, the company’s signature $350 million philanthropic initiative that drives innovation in education by bringing diverse resources to bear on the issue including funding, technology, employee volunteerism and mentoring. Aspire is one of the nation’s largest corporate commitments focused on school success and workforce readiness by creating new learning environments and educational delivery systems to help students succeed and prepare them to take on 21st century careers. The event also aligns with AT&T’s commitment to closing the gender gap in the technology industry by supporting education and community based programming and events that encourage both girls and women to study STEM related fields and peruse technology related jobs, while celebrating women that are and have left their mark on technology and innovation.

For more information and to register for this event, please visit or contact Sabrina Schutzsmith at (914) 629-1405 or Shauna Keating at (201) 669-1525.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
Designed by Franklin Roosevelt and dedicated on June 30, 1941, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum is the nation’s first presidential library and the only one used by a sitting president. Every president since FDR has followed his example and established a presidential library administered by the National Archives and Records Administration to preserve and make accessible to the American people the records of their presidencies. The Roosevelt Library’s mission is to foster a deeper understanding of the lives and times of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and their continuing impact on contemporary life. This work is carried out through the Library’s archives and research room, museum collections and exhibitions, innovative educational programs, and engaging public programming. For more information about the Library or its programs call (800) 337-8474 or visit

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Show us your Antiques

The Town of Lloyd Historical Preservation Society (TOLHPS)  starts the New Year in its traditional manner – with its popular annual Antiques Show Us Your Antiques Night on Monday, January 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the Vineyard Commons Theater in Highland.  Anyone with a favorite item they would like to know more about is invited to bring it for an expert opinion of its background and current value.  Even if you have nothing you want appraised, the evening is always fun, watching as others offer up their treasures, sometimes beautiful and valuable and sometimes curiosities.

NEW: Attendance is free, but there will be a charge of $3 for each item reviewed.  All money supports the ongoing conservation of the old Deyo homestead on Vineyard Avenue in Highland into an historical museum.  It’s helpful  if you can send a picture of your item in advance to 

Last year, two audience members brought dishes that they learned were excellent examples of very valuable dinnerware produced in the mid-1800’s.  Others found out their items were out of fashion to collectors now so had primarily sentimental value.  When that’s the case, the appraisers break the news gently, calling such an item “invaluable.” After all, it could become a sought-after collectible a few decades from now.

TOLHPS’ team of appraisers includes antiques dealers Charles Glasner and Walter Marquez and collector Vivian Wadlin.  They will do their best to review every item brought, as time allows.  If you want an appraisal, it’s helpful to send a picture of your item in advance to  That will give the appraisers more time to research your piece.

Glasner, who is president of TOLHPS, has been a Hudson Valley antiques dealer for 35 years. He has a strong knowledge of local vernacular antiques and fine arts, with a passion for Hudson River paintings.  Marquez owns the Antiques Barn at the Water Street Market in New Paltz, which has been named “Best Antiques Center” by Hudson Valley Magazine.

Wadlin has been a collector of antique toys and post cards for more than 30 years. She has organized antique and collectibles shows at the former Vintage Village in Highland.  She is vice president of TOLHPS. Vineyard Commons, where the January program will take place, is at 300 Vineyard Avenue, about a mile and a quarter from the Hamlet of Highland on Route 44/55, just south of the Hudson Valley Rehabilitation Center.  To reach the theater, turn into Vineyard Commons and follow signs to Building 6.  Early arrivers get the best parking spaces.  Free refreshments will be available.

For more information, call 845-255-7742, visit the TOLHPS website at, or look for Town of Lloyd Historical Preservation Society on Facebook.

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