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Friends of Historic Kingston 2018 Season Events


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Fred J. Johnston HouseFriends of Historic Kingston (FHK) is set to reopen its doors for the 2018 season beginning Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5.

This season celebrates Kingston’s landmarks and local history with an exhibit in the FHK Gallery entitled, “Charles Keefe, Colonial Revival Architect, Kingston and New York,” the Fred J. Johnston House Tour, and monthly guided walking tours of the Stockade and Rondout National Historic Districts. Continue reading

Black History in the Hudson Valley Conference Planned


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Conference on Black History in Hudson ValleyA conference on Black History in the Hudson Valley has been set for Saturday, July 14th, from 9 am to 5:30 pm, in Kingston.

Hosted by the Hudson River Maritime Museum and The Library at the A.J. Williams-Myers African Roots Center, the focus of this conference is the history of Black and African-American residents in the Hudson Valley, including communities and work along the canals and tributaries of the Hudson River. Continue reading

Kingston’s Stockade: New Netherlands’ Third City Lecture


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1695 Kingston Stockade AreaThe Senate House Museum in Kingston is planning a discussion of their newest exhibit, “Kingston’s Stockade: New Netherlands’ Third City”, on Thursday February 8, 2018 at 7 pm.

The program will be presented by Travis Bowman, Curator at the New York State Bureau of Historic Sites in Waterford. He will discuss the research and translations that were conducted in preparation for the new exhibit, giving a more in-depth glimpse to everyday life in late 17th century Kingston. Continue reading

Friends of Historic Kingston Noontime Conversation Series


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Sharpe Family PortraitsThe Friends of Historic Kingston (FHK) has announced their upcoming Noontime Conversation Series will begin on Friday, September 15th, 2017.

The half-hour talks begin at noon in the Friends of Historic Kingston Gallery. The focus of these informal conversations is FHK’s acquisition of noteworthy portraits – one pair by John Vanderlyn, and one pair by his nephew, John Vanderlyn, Jr. Continue reading

Rondout National Historic District Walking Tour Planned


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Rondout Walking TourThe walking tour of the Rondout National Historic District, offered by Friends of Historic Kingston, will take place on Saturday, July 29, departing at 1 pm from the Kingston Visitors Center, 20 Broadway.

The one-hour tour focuses on the rise of Rondout in the nineteenth century as a thriving maritime village during the era when the village was the terminus for the Delaware and Hudson Canal. The rich legacy of commercial buildings, cast-iron storefronts, homes, and churches built by the various nationalities who emigrated to Rondout is viewed.

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Kingston’s Part in World War I Noontime Conversation


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kingston in wwiPete Roberts, member of Friends of Historic Kingston (FHK), will host the last of three noontime conversations in the FHK gallery June 16.

The conversations will honor the centennial commemoration of World War I and Kingston’s part in it. Memorabilia from the FHK Archives, the William Anderson Carl Collection, and the Samuel Bernstein Collection are featured including photographs and related materials that depict Kingston’s role in 1917-1918. The American Legion (Post 150) made a special loan of the iconic artwork Columbia by Edwin Howland Blashfield (1919). Continue reading

Kingston’s Stockade: New Netherlands’ Third City


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kingstons stockadeThe Senate House State Historic Site recently unveiled an new permament exhibit,  Kingston’s Stockade: New Netherlands’ Third City interprets the earliest period of colonial settlement in the city, the stockade era. The stockade was built for protection from the Esopus Indians. Governor Stuyvesant ordered the building of the stockade in the spring of 1658.

The original order is owned by Ulster County, and County Clerk Nina Postupack’s office has loaned the order for the unveiling of the new exhibit. In adition, there are other 17th century documents and objects to explore including Native American artifacts, farming implements, and actual pieces of the stockade. Artist Len Tantillo painted a view of what the area may have looked like in the late 17th century. Continue reading

A Short History Of The Hudson River Day Line


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the-hudson-river-paddlewheel-towboat-oswegoAbraham Van Santvoord, a descendent of one of the earliest Dutch settlers in Albany, was born in Schenectady on December 18, 1784. At the age of 14, he worked with his granduncle John Post who owned a shipping business in Utica. Since, at the time, there were few roadways, and the ones they had were snow covered in the winter and mud bogs in the spring, most shipping was done by water.

Van Santvoord successfully ran a shipping business on the Mohawk River. During the War of 1812, he contracted with agents of General Stephen Van Rensselaer of Albany to store and ship provisions westward on the Mohawk to support Van Rensselaer’s troops planning to invade Canada. Continue reading