Tag Archives: New Paltz

Eli Hasbrouck Part I

When people visit Washington’s Headquarters in Newburgh, New York  they are also visiting a Hasbrouck house. This home and farm, from the 18th century to the mid -19th century, belonged to the Hasbrouck Family until New York State acquired it. The home would become the first historic site of it kind in 1850. Some of what we know about [...]

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John Lennon’s Travels in Ulster County, New York (Revisited with Christine)

It has been almost 40 years since John Lennon was shot and killed by a crazed fan in front of his home in New York City. Many fans still gather at Strawberry Fields to remember “the day the music died.” Many people do not realize that John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono loved the Hudson [...]

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Slavery in New Paltz

NEW PALTZ – To coincide with The Slave Dwelling Project’s Joseph McGill and Terry James, Historic Huguenot Street (HHS) has recently curated a new exhibit to explore the topic of slavery in New Paltz. This exhibit centers around wills and other documents dating from the late 17th century through the early 19th century from the [...]

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Why the name Gardiner?

Since being appointed Town of Gardiner Historian, I have been asked many questions about Gardiner History. The most common question is, why the name Gardiner? Perhaps the second most frequently asked question is, when did Gardiner come into existence? Since Robert DeNiro moved to Gardiner, there have been few questions asking me where Gardiner is located. [...]

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Great Resource Part III: The New York State Historic Newspaper Project

Recently there has been a lot of attention focused on the Old Huguenot Burying Ground located on Historic Huguenot Street in New Paltz. This burying ground is one of the oldest in Ulster County. It has intact graves dating back to the early 18thcentury. The burying ground was “closed” in in the 1860s. Since then [...]

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The Ulster County Fair: A Look Back

In celebration of the Ulster County Fair, which runs through this Sunday, here are a few highlights from the fair’s lengthy history. The first Ulster County Fair was held in 1886 in Ellenville, thanks to the planning of the newly formed Southern Ulster Agricultural Society. The fair was held at the Ellenville Driving Park, 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

    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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