NEWS RELEASE: Historic Huguenot Street Welcomes Back Genealogist Jane Wilcox for An Enlightening Discourse and Luncheon
NEW PALTZ, NY (February 15, 2016) – History is imperative to the mission statement of Historic Huguenot Street, but the stories of individual people are often the hardest to uncover. This is especially true of women, as their narratives were eschewed or cast aside over the trying course of time. This Women’s History Month, join professional genealogist and host of the Forget Me Not Hour, Jane Wilcox, for a revealing presentation, “Finding American Women’s Voices through the Centuries: Letters, Journals, Newspapers, and Court Records,” sponsored by Woodland Pond at New Paltz.
At 12 pm on March 2 in Deyo Hall (6 Broadhead Avenue), Wilcox will explore forgotten voices of women through documents that were likely their only forms of expression, ranging from the humble 17th century all the way through the progressive 20th century. Not only will this event celebrate the strength of women throughout the centuries, but also highlight the long and arduous journey American women undertook to arrive at the present day.
“We are pleased to host Ms. Wilcox again, as genealogical history is incredibly important to us here at Historic Huguenot Street,” said Director of Public Programming, Kara Gaffken. “Ms. Wilcox’s research and presentation will shed light on those voices lost to history and underline the importance of American women throughout time.”
The event will feature the headlining presentation and a brief Q&A. Joining the talk is Historic Huguenot Street’s very own Librarian & Archivist Carrie Allmendinger who will showcase pieces from HHS’s own collection which signify evidence of women’s voices over the course of the region’s history.
A National Historic Landmark District, Historic Huguenot Street is a 501(c)3 non-profit that encompasses 30 buildings across 10 acres that was the heart of the original 1678 New Paltz settlement, including seven stone houses that date to the early eighteenth century. It was founded in 1894 as the Huguenot Patriotic, Historical, and Monumental Society to preserve the nationally acclaimed collection of stone houses. Since then, Historic Huguenot Street has grown into an innovative museum, chartered as an educational corporation by the University of the State of New York, that is dedicated to protecting our historic buildings, conserving an important collection of artifacts and manuscripts, and promoting the stories of the Huguenot Street families, from the sixteenth century to today.
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