"Wicked Ulster County: Tales of Desperadoes, Gangs, and More," a lecture by A.J. Schenkman

  • LeFevre House (1799 House) 54 Huguenot St New Paltz, NY, 12561 United States

Situated in the scenic Hudson Valley, Ulster County is a lovely location to make a home and raise a family, but it wasn't always so pleasant. Unsavory characters and immoral events have sullied its name. In the 1870s, the Shawangunk Mountains inspired fear rather than awe, as groups like the Lyman Freer and Shawangunk gangs robbed and terrorized locals, descending from the protection of the wooded peaks. Kingston was torched, arson blazed in Kerhonkson, and even the Mohonk Mountain House was threatened by flames. In 1909, the Ashokan Slasher's bloody crimes and sensational trial captured headlines across the country. Discover these and other salacious stories buried in Ulster County's history.

A book signing will follow the presentation.

Members, seniors, and military $5. Non-members $8. Students free with ID. Become a New Friend member at the door for $15 for complimentary entry.

A.J. Schenkman, Historic Huguenot Street’s Consulting Historian, teaches history in the Lower Hudson Valley. He is the author of numerous books and articles. His most recent books include "Murder and Mayhem in Ulster County," "Wicked Ulster County: Tales of Desperadoes, Gangs & More," and "Washington's Headquarters Newburgh: Home to a Revolution."  A.J. has columns in both The New York History Blog, and is a history blogger for The Times Herald Record. He is also a VIP for Teaching the Hudson Valley. He has been featured in numerous publications, venues , radio, and television.