Tag Archives: New York

Old Town’s Notable Residents

One of my favorite burial grounds/cemeteries is the Old Town Cemetery in the city of Newburgh. One of the many reasons it is a favorite destination is because of the notable people interred within its bounds. Two such notables are congressmen, Thomas McKissock and Jonathan Fisk. McKissock was born in Montgomery, New York on April 17, 1790. [...]

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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 [...]

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The judge peered down at the defendant, cleared his throat, and said, “the jury has found you guilty of bigamy. Have you anything to say before I pass sentence upon you?” “Yes sir!” Responded the defendant. “Well, judge, I’ll leave it to you if havin’ two wives ain’t punishment enough.” In the early 1900s readers [...]

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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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A Great Resource for Maps of Ulster County

I receive many emails, by way of the this column, asking me for help on local history research. Many of the emails are just asking me for helpful resources they can use in locating long-lost ancestors or simply finding out more information about them. An often overlooked place is the map room in the Ulster County Clerk’s Office [...]

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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 Revisited: Cornelius Hasbrouck, Stolen Cattle and Newburgh, NY Part I

Intrigue surrounds the oldest surviving son of Colonel Jonathan Hasbrouck of Newburgh. He has been labeled by local historians from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as a Tory. The Hasbrouck Family histories are silent or repeat that he fled to Canada as a Tory in 1776. Even his Uncle Abraham Hasbrouck(1707-1791) who kept a diary [...]

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The Death of Colonel Hasbrouck

During my twenty years of research, two books, and many articles about Colonel Jonathan Hasbrouck, there seems to finally be a renewed interest in his life. Sometimes while I am lecturing, individuals want to talk to find out more information about him. The most frequently asked questions are what he looked liked? Are there any surviving portraits?  How did [...]

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Ulster County’s Finest Brings Home The Gardiner Desperado

          When still a boy living in Kew Gardens Hills in Queens, New York, I fondly remember a police officer whose beat was my neighborhood. Time has erased his name from my memory, but I see him in his uniform, twirling his nightstick. He knew most of the residents by name [...]

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Blind Murder

Horace F. Pritchard left E.M. Pritchard and Sons, the business his father had started, located on 462 Mott Ave. in New York City on September 27, 1897. His destination was Wurtsboro in Sullivan County where he arrived aboard the Ontario and Western Railroad’s Day Express shortly before noon. Once he had disembarked from the train, [...]

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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

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    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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