"New Paltz In The Civil War," a Performance Based on the Civil War Letters of Johannes LeFevre

  • Deyo Hall 6 Broadhead Ave New Paltz, NY, 12561 United States

Originally performed at the Elting Memorial Library in September 2014, the production features original letters, photos, and newspaper items from the Library’s Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection and the Historic Huguenot Street Collections. These documents provide a glimpse into the Civil War experience; as Johannes wrote to his dear friend Sol Dubois in January 1863, “I suppose you people around the Paltz are real inquisitive to know how we live ‘a way down south in Dixie.’”

“We found the original performance at Elting Memorial Library last year to be very inspiring,” said Kara Gaffken, Director of Public Programming. “We’re so pleased to host this production for the public again. Special thanks to the Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection for sharing their historic primary documents.”

Scripted and directed by New Paltz’s Anne Wandres, the production is performed by all local volunteers, with music arranged and performed by Shirley Hoffman Warren and Sherry Kitay. The readings will be performed by: Mark Grunblatt as Johannes LeFevre; Andrew Benedict as Peter LeFevre; Sherry Kitay as Jenny LeFevre, Ken Thompson as Sol Dubois, Pip (Mathias Euen), and Josiah LeFevre; and Al White as New Paltz Times editor Charles Ackert, A.M. Hasbrouck, and Dr. West. Cathy Agnew Steinbach of Batavia, IL - descendent of Louis DuBois, Abraham DuBois, and Christian Deyo - will play an antique flute before the performance and during intermission.

The performance includes two 45 minute acts and an intermission, during which cider and donuts will be available. Members $10, seniors and military $12, general admission $15.

Special thanks to the Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection at the Elting Memorial Library for making available original letters, photos, and newspaper items that compose the script.

Pictured: studio portrait of Johannes LeFevre, ca. 1860