Preserving Your Heritage
In 1894, descendants of the Huguenot founders of New Paltz established what was the fifth preservation organization in America. If not for them, Old New Paltz and the nation’s foremost examples of original, late 17th- and early 18th-century stone houses might not be here today. Since its founding over 120 years ago, Historic Huguenot Street has evolved into much more than a historical preservation society.
Here is some of what your generosity recently accomplished …
A Year-Round Community Gathering Place
- Offered over 20 public programs, including lectures, discussions, vignettes, books signings, and our first ever Cider Market.
- Hosted community events free to the public, including New York State’s Path Through History Weekend, New Paltz Youth Program’s annual Easter egg hunt, a picnic honoring New Paltz first responders, a Revolutionary War reenactment, as well as the annual Signature events of Artists On The Street, Trick-Or-Treat On Huguenot Street, and the Community Tree Lighting.
Research Collaborations From Books to Food
- Contributed to The Gunks Ridge and Valley Towns by Ronald G. Knapp and Michael Neil O’Donnell, and the article “Some Ancestors of Nelly Jane LeFevre: an African-American of the Mid-Hudson Valley” by Joan Kelley.
- Featured Huguenot Ginger Snaps in our Museum Shop, researched by food historian Peter G. Rose and baked by New Paltz chef Agnes Devereaux.
- Collaborated on an historically-inspired apple cider produced by Kettleborough Cider House and a wheat beer researched by scholar Craig Gravina and brewed by The Gilded Otter.
Education & Preservation
- Engaged over 1,000 school children in ‘hands-on’ history programming.
- Awarded $14,500 of scholarships to college students.
- Hosted a two-day gravestone preservation workshop led by preservationist Jonathan Appell—cleaning, repairing and resetting historic gravestones.
Historic Huguenot Street is an innovative museum, educational institution, research center, and community gathering place. Most of all, we are a community of descendants, scholars, neighbors, and friends—dedicated to preserving your heritage.