Religion played an important role in the lives of the early settlers of New Paltz: it not only motivated them to leave France and ultimately settle in America, it also influenced their views on education, architecture, and the legal system.
This presentation traces the development of Calvinist beliefs from the birth of the Reformation, through the political/religious turmoil in France, the dispersion of Huguenots throughout Europe, and the establishment of the community in New Paltz. Images of 16th and 17th century documents, maps and paintings will augment the presentation.
Joan de Vries Kelley is the archivist/historian of the Reformed Church of New Paltz. She is a graduate of Calvin College.
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