Ulster County Transportation Council (UCTC), in partnership with the Village of New Paltz, Wallkill Valley Land Trust, and Historic Huguenot Street, has announced the beginning of a planning and community engagement process addressing the future use and design of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail in the Village of New Paltz. [Read more…] about Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Meetings Planned
Historic Huguenot Street (HHS) is set to present the exhibit “’Never Was a Slave’: Jacob Wynkoop, Free and Black in 19th-Century New Paltz” at the DuBois Fort Visitor Center, June 1 through July 14, 2019. [Read more…] about Exhibit on Black Builder Jacob Wynkoop in New Paltz
Historic Huguenot Street is set to host a special revival of Stone House Day, a formerly annual tradition, on Saturday, September 8, from 11 am to 4 pm. Old New Paltz Stone House Day will celebrate the 340th anniversary of the settling of New Paltz by twelve French Huguenots in 1678.
This Old New Paltz Stone House Day will focus on the diversity of Hudson Valley history by highlighting the many cultures that impacted New Paltz and Ulster County including African, Dutch, English, Esopus Munsee, and French. [Read more…] about Old New Paltz Stone House Day Sept 8th
As part of a $59,966 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Humanities Collections and Reference Resources planning grant for the preservation and digitization of collections awarded to Historic Huguenot Street (HHS) in April, historians and authors Firth Haring Fabend and David William Voorhees have begun a scholarly evaluation of historical New Paltz documents at HHS and partner institutions: the Town of New Paltz, the Reformed Church of New Paltz, and the Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection at the Elting Memorial Library. [Read more…] about Scholars Assessing Historical New Paltz Documents
Historic Huguenot Street (HHS) has extended the exhibition Living in Style: Selections from the George Way Collection of Dutch Fine and Decorative Art until December 16, 2018.
Featuring more than one hundred 17th and 18th Century Dutch items from the Netherlands — including 22 oil paintings, a rich diversity of interior furnishings, and decorative and utilitarian objects — the exhibition is installed in a period room in the historic Jean Hasbrouck House (ca. 1721) and celebrates the Dutch culture that flourished in the 1600s and 1700s in New York State’s New Netherland Colony. [Read more…] about Living in Style: Dutch Fine and Decorative Art Exhibit
Wendy E. Harris and Helene van Rossum are set to give a lecture on African enslavement among the Dutch Reformed Churches of New York’s Ulster County and New Jersey’s Raritan Valley on Saturday, April 7th at 4 pm at Deyo Hall, 6 Broadhead Avenue, New Paltz. [Read more…] about New Paltz: Enslavement Among Dutch Reformed Churches
Stone House Day, a former annual tradition in New Paltz is set to return on Saturday, September 8th, 2018, celebrating the 340th anniversary of the settling of New Paltz by twelve French Huguenot refugees in 1678.
Seven historic stone houses will be open for public tours or viewing, two of which have been closed for many years. Performances, skits, and vendor demonstrations will take place throughout the day while artisans and craftspeople sell handmade goods. Members of the 5th NY Regiment will bring reenactors from multiple time periods, engaging in musket firing, candle making, sewing, blacksmithing, and other activities. [Read more…] about Old New Paltz Stone House Day Set For September
On Saturday, February 17, at 4 pm, Historic Huguenot Street (HHS) will host “Mapping the Patent,” a presentation of the first land survey of the New Paltz patent and its early divisions.
On May 26, 1677, 12 Huguenot refugees signed an agreement with sachems of the Esopus Munsee tribe for approximately 39,683 acres of land that would be called New Paltz.
On September 15, 1677, New York Governor Edmund Andros confirmed the purchase, and on September 29, 1677, Governor Andros issued a patent for the land and made the tract an official township. For 340 years, the tract of land was never officially surveyed – until now. [Read more…] about Historic Huguenot Street Hosts ‘Mapping the Patent’
Historic Huguenot Street has curated a new exhibit entitled John Hasbrouck, “A Most Estimable Citizen,” now on display at the DuBois Visitor Center, 81 Huguenot Street, through June 27, 2017.
John Hasbrouck was born to an enslaved woman in New Paltz in 1806 and, later, as a freeman, was able to purchase land in the town. He is commonly believed to be the first African American eligible to vote in New Paltz. The exhibit features original records; two account books in John’s own hand, listing work he did for white farmers and how he was compensated; as well as personal notes, letters, and receipts. The exhibit is accompanied by a full-length, biographical essay written by Josephine Bloodgood, Director of Curatorial and Preservation Affairs. [Read more…] about Exhibit: Freed Slave, New Paltz Landowner John Hasbrouck
Historic Huguenot Street has announced that it is constructing a replica Munsee Native American wigwam to celebrate the 340th anniversary of the signing of the 1677 land agreement between the Munsee Esopus sachems and the Huguenot Refugees.
The land agreement provided for the 12 Huguenot founders to “purchase” nearly 40,000 acres of land in the lower Wallkill Valley. The village that developed within the borders of this land is now known as New Paltz. [Read more…] about 340th Anniversary of New Paltz Land Agreement