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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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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 President Visits New Paltz

Several months ago I published a piece about President Franklin Delano Roosevelt visiting New Paltz in 1943 with the Princess of Norway. It was a small part of a larger article about archives. After that article was published I received quite a few requests for more information about this visit. While researching the 1943 visit in the Huguenot Street archives, I found that it was [...]

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President Roosevelt and Local History

There is an old story I used to tell when I was a docent on Huguenot Street in New Paltz. It took place in 1943, and is attributed to Bob Lasher. The story goes that Bob Lasher, when a boy, escorted President Roosevelt to New Paltz. He suggested that an excellent Dutch style house to [...]

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Father Divine

A version of this article previously appeared in The Times Herald Record in 1997. Some 85 years ago when the nation was on the eve of what would be known as the Great Depression, all regions including Ulster County, would experience severe economic hardships. It was during this time that a middle aged black man, [...]

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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

    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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