Family Day: Free Admission
Jun
16
10:00 AM10:00

Family Day: Free Admission

Enjoy free admission to Historic Huguenot Street on June 16. This includes access to the historic houses and exhibits. Bring a blanket and bagged lunch and have a picnic on our grounds. Enjoy a day with the family as you learn about the families who founded New Paltz.

This event is part of New York State's Path Through History Weekend. Tours have a max capacity of 12 guests at a time and that they fill up quickly, so visitors should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of their desired tour time. 

60-minute tours are available every half hour beginning at 10:30 AM, with the last tour departing from the DuBois Fort Visitor Center at 3:30 PM.

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Cider & Spirits: A Haunted Walking Tour of Historic Huguenot Street
Jun
22
7:30 PM19:30

Cider & Spirits: A Haunted Walking Tour of Historic Huguenot Street

Ghost stories, old stone houses, unsolved mysteries, and hard cider—what better way to spend an evening on Huguenot Street? Join us at the DuBois Fort Visitor Center for a taste of delicious locally-made hard cider from Kettleborough Cider House, then take an exterior walking tour down one of the oldest streets in America to explore the thrilling, eerie, and mysterious tales of New Paltz. Hear the stories of past residents who lived in the stone homes and experienced terrible tragedies, encountered apparitions, and held paranormal investigations. Each ticket comes with a glass of hard cider, and additional drinks will be available for purchase. Be sure to pour one out for the spirits on the street, because we all know a ghost’s favorite beverage is boo-ze.


General admission $15

Discounts are available for HHS members, seniors, students, active military members, veterans, and children under 13

Additional glasses of cider for $3; bottled water for $1.50

Please note that all ticket sales are final and non-refundable.

Sponsored by Ulster Savings Bank.

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New Paltz in the War For Independence
Jul
6
10:00 AM10:00

New Paltz in the War For Independence

Historic Huguenot Street will host a Revolutionary War encampment on Saturday, July 6, with the 5th New York Regiment. Reenactors will set up camp on the DuBois Fort lawn (81 Huguenot Street) and will perform a number of demonstrations throughout the day on Saturday, beginning at 10 AM. The original 5th New York Regiment included many soldiers from Orange and Ulster counties.

At the camp site, living historians from the 5th New York Regiment will demonstrate marching and drilling, showing how arms at the time were handled and fired. An armament demonstration will display various types of muskets and weaponry while members of the regiment explain how they were used, fired, and maintained. Bayonet target demonstrations will take place as well. 

Wedge-style tents and a dining “fly” will serve as the backdrop on the Huguenot Street grounds. Additional demonstrations and displays will reveal aspects of civilian life, including candle making, blacksmithing, woodworking, musket ball and cartridge manufacturing, and colonial cooking. 

Children can participate in reenactment military drills and various colonial games, including an 18th century game called Trap Ball, which can be described as a combination of baseball, cricket, golf, and horseshoes.


This event is free and open to the public.

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Cider & Spirits: A Haunted Walking Tour of Historic Huguenot Street
Jul
19
7:30 PM19:30

Cider & Spirits: A Haunted Walking Tour of Historic Huguenot Street

Ghost stories, old stone houses, unsolved mysteries, and hard cider—what better way to spend an evening on Huguenot Street? Join us at the DuBois Fort Visitor Center for a taste of delicious locally-made hard cider from Kettleborough Cider House, then take an exterior walking tour down one of the oldest streets in America to explore the thrilling, eerie, and mysterious tales of New Paltz. Hear the stories of past residents who lived in the stone homes and experienced terrible tragedies, encountered apparitions, and held paranormal investigations. Each ticket comes with a glass of hard cider, and additional drinks will be available for purchase. Be sure to pour one out for the spirits on the street, because we all know a ghost’s favorite beverage is boo-ze.


General admission $15

Discounts are available for HHS members, seniors, students, active military members, veterans, and children under 13

Additional glasses of cider for $3; bottled water for $1.50

Please note that all ticket sales are final and non-refundable.

Sponsored by Ulster Savings Bank.

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Camp Huguenot
Jul
22
to Jul 26

Camp Huguenot

At Camp Huguenot, you won’t just learn about archaeology – you’ll do it!

Campers will work with others, alongside real archaeologists, searching for artifacts left behind by the original Huguenot settlers and the Native Americans who came before them.

Campers will spend time conducting a live dig by excavating, cleaning, and cataloging their archaeological finds. Through these activities they will learn the basic principles and practices of archaeology, as well as its modern day significance and relation to the understanding of past cultures.

Additional time will be spent on historic crafts, indoor and outdoor games, related educational activities, local field trips, and tours of the historic site. The week concludes with a camper-created exhibit of the artifacts found during their dig, which all participants and family members are invited to attend.

Campers are invited to discover, explore, and experience Historic Huguenot Street, where they will learn about the site, its unique history, and the individuals who settled New Paltz over 300 years ago. 

Dates for the 2019 Camp season are July 22 to 26.

Camp runs 9 AM to 3 PM, Monday through Friday.

Camp Huguenot is perfect for children ages 9 to 12.


Tuition & Fees

General                    $300
Members                 $270

Camp is limited to 12 registrants per week.

Click here for the 2019 parent information packet.

All Camp Huguenot counselors have passed criminal and child safety background clearances. Each camp week has a maximum enrollment of 12 campers, and Historic Huguenot Street employs 2 full-time camp counselors. The minimum ratio of counselors to campers is 1:4.

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Native American Crafts Demonstrations
Jul
25
7:00 PM19:00

Native American Crafts Demonstrations

Historic Huguenot Street is happy to announce the return of Native American crafts expert and museum consultant Barry Keegan for an evening demonstration of traditional flint knapping, fire making, basket weaving, canoe hollowing, and more at the site’s replica Esopus Munsee wigwam, which was constructed by Keegan in 2017. 

Keegan is the former Supervisor of Native American Programs at the New York State Historical Association and Farmer’s Museum in Cooperstown, NY.  He has constructed over 80 wigwams and longhouses for museums, nature centers, and educational institutions, and regularly demonstrates early technologies for these organizations, as well as others such as the History Channel.

Cold beverages will be available for attendees.


$12 General Admission

$10 Discounted Ticket for HHS members, seniors, students, active military members, and veterans

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Write Then, Write Now
Jul
29
to Aug 2

Write Then, Write Now

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Led by the region's finest teachers, the Hudson Valley Writing Project Young Writers Program offers children and teens unique learning experiences at local cultural and historic sites, nature preserves, and college campuses.

Now in its fifth year, young writers ages 10 to 14 will discover their creativity and voice as a writer as they travel between the past and the present, exploring colonial-era stone houses and artifacts, a working community farm, and a magical wildlife sanctuary. 

Register online through the Hudson Valley Writing Project website.

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"Summers of Growth: Fruits, Greens, and Sun," a nature walk with Justin Wexler
Aug
10
11:00 AM11:00

"Summers of Growth: Fruits, Greens, and Sun," a nature walk with Justin Wexler

The third in a series of four seasonal nature walks being led by Justin Wexler through the Nyquist-Harcourt Wildlife Sanctuary titled, Everywhere at Home: How Local Native People Once Lived With The Land

Local native peoples once made annual, seasonal trips to the habitats where the land had the most to share. For example, in the Hudson Valley indigenous calendar, springtime was spent along the tributary streams of the Hudson River to catch spawning fish. Summer was spent in floodplain villages adjacent to the maize crops. Autumn was a time when people collected nuts and set brush fires to hunt game in the hills. And early winter was a time for a special extended stay in nearby mountain valleys for trapping. These are only a few of the many ways in which the Esopus people and their neighbors lived off of the land. 

Come join us for one (or all four) seasonal walks with guide Justin Wexler to learn all about how local native people lived off the land. These walks identify local flora and fauna and explain their material uses in native culture while also explaining the species and the surrounding ecosystems through Munsee language and folklore.


Attendees should check in at the DuBois Fort Visitor Center 10 minutes before the start of the tour. The tour will begin at the wigwam. Rain date: Saturday, August 17.


 General Admission $20

Discounts are available for HHS members, seniors, students, active military members, veterans, and children under 13 (with promo code NatureWalk10)

OR purchase a ticket for all four nature walks and receive a $12 reimbursement at the conclusion of the program in November (making the cost of all four walks only $68 in total)

 Please note that all ticket sales are final and non-refundable.

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Cider & Spirits: A Haunted Walking Tour of Historic Huguenot Street
Aug
10
7:30 PM19:30

Cider & Spirits: A Haunted Walking Tour of Historic Huguenot Street

Ghost stories, old stone houses, unsolved mysteries, and hard cider—what better way to spend an evening on Huguenot Street? Join us at the DuBois Fort Visitor Center for a taste of delicious locally-made hard cider from Kettleborough Cider House, then take an exterior walking tour down one of the oldest streets in America to explore the thrilling, eerie, and mysterious tales of New Paltz. Hear the stories of past residents who lived in the stone homes and experienced terrible tragedies, encountered apparitions, and held paranormal investigations. Each ticket comes with a glass of hard cider, and additional drinks will be available for purchase. Be sure to pour one out for the spirits on the street, because we all know a ghost’s favorite beverage is boo-ze.


General admission $15

Discounts are available for HHS members, seniors, students, active military members, veterans, and children under 13

Additional glasses of cider for $3; bottled water for $1.50

Please note that all ticket sales are final and non-refundable.

Sponsored by Ulster Savings Bank.

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Brotherhood and Belonging
Sep
21
4:00 PM16:00

Brotherhood and Belonging

On Saturday, September 21, 2019 Historic Huguenot Street will be hosting an evening program focused on the history and culture of the Munsee and Mohican people. The program will additionally highlight the efforts and accomplishments of Chief Hendrick Aupaumut. The evening will include an exhibit viewing of Munsee artifacts and a letter written by Aupaumut, an opportunity to explore HHS¹s replica wigwam, complimentary tasting of indigenous herbal tea, a reading of Aupaumut¹s letter by a member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Community, an educational lecture presented by Indigenous Studies scholar Dr. Lisa Brooks, and participatory breakout sessions where attendees will be able to discuss specific topics with cultural representatives, researchers, and scholars.

The program will begin at 4:00 PM, at which time attendees will be asked to check-in at the Visitor Center. Here, guests will be able to view the letter written by Chief Hendrick Aupaumut to the New York State Legislature (circa 1790), as well as several cases of Munsee archaeological artifacts. 

Outside of the Visitor Center, an interpreter will provide information about HHS¹s replica Esopus Munsee wigwam, which was constructed in 2017. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about the wigwam¹s construction, as well as the history and cultural of the people who lived here long before the European colonists arrived.

At 4:30 PM attendees will be encouraged to make their way to the outdoor event tent, where they may sample indigenous herbal tea before finding a seat for the program. 

Presentations will begin a 4:45 PM when the Executive Director of HHS, Liselle LaFrance, will gift a reproduction of the Aupaumut letter preserved in the archives of HHS to representatives of the Stockbridge-Munsee Community of Mohican Indians. A representative will then read the letter aloud to the audience, prior to introducing the evening¹s speaker.

Dr. Lisa Brooks, who recently won the Bancroft Award for History, will present her lecture, "Brotherhood and Belonging: Hendrick Aupaumut¹s Assertion of Indigenous Rights and Settler Responsibility,² starting at approximately 5:00 PM. This talk will center around an important document, written by Aupaumut and held by Historic Huguenot Street, to frame a wider context of Indigenous rights, relationships, and writing in the late 18th century. At the conclusion of her lecture, Dr. Brooks will take questions from the audience. 

At approximately 6:00 PM, there will be three breakout sessions which will happen simultaneously. These breakout sessions will take place under the same outdoor event tent and will be hosted by cultural representatives, researchers, and scholars. 

The breakout sessions will last approximately 20 minutes and are as follows:

(1) Session Hosts: Dr. Brooks and HHS Staff 

Attendees can ask Dr. Brooks questions related to her research and the legacy of Hendrick Aupaumut. She will be joined by members of the curatorial team who can speak to the letter¹s significance to HHS¹s collection as well as provide information on how scholars and researchers can use HHS¹s collections.

(2) Session Hosts: Justin Wexler and Anna Plattner, founders of Wild Hudson Valley 

In this session, Justin and Anna will reference where the Munsee may have found the very plants, herbs, and other ingredients used in their traditional footways, including the indigenous herbal tea available to guests.

(3) Session Hosts: Stockbridge-Munsee Community Representative sent by the Tribal Council and Bonney Hartley, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Stockbridge-Munsee Community and an HHS Board Member 

The final session will revolve around the preservation and protection of Munsee and Mohican culture. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask about Bonney's work and her relationship with HHS. Attendees will also be able to ask questions about the Stockbridge-Munsee Community today and the work being done to preserve their cultural past and present. 

Image credit: HHS Archives, Gift of Mary Frances Stokes-Jansen & Richard Stokes


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Sponsored by Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union and Jim DeMaio – State Farm Insurance Agent of New Paltz. Funded in part by Humanities New York with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities

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"The Autumn Harvest: Maize, Nuts, and Venison," a nature walk with Justin Wexler
Nov
9
11:00 AM11:00

"The Autumn Harvest: Maize, Nuts, and Venison," a nature walk with Justin Wexler

The last in a series of four seasonal nature walks being led by Justin Wexler through the Mohonk Preserve titled, Everywhere at Home: How Local Native People Once Lived With The Land

Local native peoples once made annual, seasonal trips to the habitats where the land had the most to share. For example, in the Hudson Valley indigenous calendar, springtime was spent along the tributary streams of the Hudson River to catch spawning fish. Summer was spent in floodplain villages adjacent to the maize crops. Autumn was a time when people collected nuts and set brush fires to hunt game in the hills. And early winter was a time for a special extended stay in nearby mountain valleys for trapping. These are only a few of the many ways in which the Esopus people and their neighbors lived off of the land. 

Come join us for one (or all four) seasonal walks with guide Justin Wexler to learn all about how local native people lived off the land and where visitors can see the reconstructed longhouse on site. These walks identify local flora and fauna and explain their material uses in native culture while also explaining the species and the surrounding ecosystems through Munsee language and folklore.


Attendees should check in at the Spring Farm Trailhead, located at Upper 27 Knolls Rd, High Falls, New York, 10 minutes before the start of the tour. The tour will begin at the wigwam. Rain date: Saturday, November 16.


 General Admission $20

Discounts are available for HHS members, seniors, students, active military members, veterans, and children under 13 (with promo code NatureWalk10)

OR purchase a ticket for all four nature walks and receive a $12 reimbursement at the conclusion of the program in November (making the cost of all four walks only $68 in total)

Please note that all ticket sales are final and non-refundable.

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Juneteenth on Huguenot Street: A Celebration of our Community's Black Veterans
Jun
2
11:00 AM11:00

Juneteenth on Huguenot Street: A Celebration of our Community's Black Veterans

Historic Huguenot Street will be honoring its community’s black veterans with a Juneteenth celebration consisting of live musical performances, a community cookout, educational tours, and a living history program with Civil War era reenactors of the NY US Colored Troops. 

The majority of the event is free and open to the public with the exception of the purchase of food and beverage, and the special tours that will be taking place. Free programming includes performances from professed Southern Gothic, alt-country blues singer/songwriter Amythyst Kiah, living history demonstrations from members of the 20th NY US Colored Infantry, and an exhibit of archival material relating to the life and accomplishments of Jacob Wynkoop and his family, a black Civil War veteran and one of the first black community members born free in New Paltz.

Based in Johnson City, TN, Amythyst Kiah’s commanding stage presence is only matched by her raw and powerful vocals—a deeply moving, hypnotic sound that stirs echoes of a distant and restless past. Accoutered interchangeably with banjo, acoustic guitar, or a full band (Her Chest of Glass), Amythyst’s toolbox is augmented by her scholarship of African-American roots music. Her eclectic influences span decades, drawing heavily on old time music, inspired by strong R&B and country music vocalists from the '50s-‘70s, and influenced by contemporary artists with powerful vocal integrity. Recent tours in Scotland and the U.K. have seen Amythyst performing for audiences at the Americana Music Association UK Showcase, the Southern Fried Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, the Edinburgh Jazz Festival, and SummerTyne Americana Festival. She is a crowd favorite at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in the U.S., has performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, and the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival. Amythyst will perform two sets at Juneteenth at 11:30 AM and 1:15 PM. 

The NY USCT is a fully equipped Civil War living history group that portrays the unique and distinct African heritage soldiers of the USCT. The NY USCT portrays the 20th, 26th, and 31st regiments that fought in the American Civil War. Through a mini-encampment that encompasses period artifacts, weaponry, and accoutrements USCT living history group will take visitors on a spectacular time travel journey into the era of

American Civil War to explore and learn untold stories and the meaning of the history of Juneteenth. Families and children will be able to interact with living historians, hear their stories, and participate in a demonstration of a mock firing of a period naval cannon. For this event, they will be portraying the NY 20th USCT – the same regiment that New Paltz resident Jacob Wynkoop served in for nearly 2 years. 

Jacob Wynkoop, one of the first black community members born free in the town of New Paltz, was also a carpenter and constructed a number of homes on and around Huguenot Street for other members of the black community, which still stand today. He will be honored and highlighted at this event through a free public exhibit, which will be on display in the Visitor Center, and two walking tours that will lead visitors to a number of the homes that he constructed. The Wynkoop Walking Tours will take place at 12:30 PM and 2:00 PM. Tours will begin at the DuBois Fort Visitor.

General admission tickets for the tour are $10. Discounts are available for HHS members, seniors, students, and children under the age of 13. Active military members and veterans may attend the tour for free.

Interested attendees should pre-register for this free event in order to give HHS an approximate head count for catering. Visitors will be able to purchase food at the event. A menu will be posted closer to the date of the event. 

 Made possible by the Robert R. Chapman Fund of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley.


Attendance is free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged.

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"The Springtime Fishing Camps: Shad, Birds, and Flowers," a nature walk with Justin Wexler
May
11
11:00 AM11:00

"The Springtime Fishing Camps: Shad, Birds, and Flowers," a nature walk with Justin Wexler

The second in a series of four seasonal nature walks being led by Justin Wexler through the Nyquist-Harcourt Wildlife Sanctuary titled, Everywhere at Home: How Local Native People Once Lived With The Land

Local native peoples once made annual, seasonal trips to the habitats where the land had the most to share. For example, in the Hudson Valley indigenous calendar, springtime was spent along the tributary streams of the Hudson River to catch spawning fish. Summer was spent in floodplain villages adjacent to the maize crops. Autumn was a time when people collected nuts and set brush fires to hunt game in the hills. And early winter was a time for a special extended stay in nearby mountain valleys for trapping. These are only a few of the many ways in which the Esopus people and their neighbors lived off of the land. 

Come join us for one (or all four) seasonal walks with guide Justin Wexler to learn all about how local native people lived off the land. These walks identify local flora and fauna and explain their material uses in native culture while also explaining the species and the surrounding ecosystems through Munsee language and folklore.


Attendees should check in at the DuBois Fort Visitor Center 10 minutes before the start of the tour. The tour will begin at the wigwam. Rain date: Saturday, May 18.


 General Admission $20

Discounts are available for HHS members, seniors, students, active military members, veterans, and children under 13 (with promo code NatureWalk10)

OR purchase a ticket for all four nature walks and receive a $12 reimbursement at the conclusion of the program in November (making the cost of all four walks only $68 in total)

Please note that all ticket sales are final and non-refundable.

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Opening Day of the 2019 Guided Tour Season
May
4
10:00 AM10:00

Opening Day of the 2019 Guided Tour Season

Explore local history in pre-colonial and colonial America by taking an informative and engaging 60-minute guided tour of Historic Huguenot Street. You will learn about the region’s indigenous peoples, archaeological discoveries and material culture, the early European settlers and the founding of New Paltz, the institution of slavery in New York, women’s history, and so much more. This year’s tour path will take you inside of the replica Esopus Munsee wigwam, the original community burying ground and reconstructed 1717 French Church, and the early-18th century Abraham Hasbrouck House.

Register at the DuBois Fort Visitor Center (open 10 AM to 5 PM), where guided tours will be available Thursday through Tuesday, and will leave every half hour beginning at 10:30 AM, with the last tour of the day leaving at 3:30 PM. Please check our website for tour cancellations prior to your visit. We look forward to seeing you on the street!

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“Where Slavery Died Hard: The Forgotten History of Ulster County and the Shawangunk Mountain Region,” presented by the Cragsmoor Historical Society
Apr
27
7:00 PM19:00

“Where Slavery Died Hard: The Forgotten History of Ulster County and the Shawangunk Mountain Region,” presented by the Cragsmoor Historical Society

This award-winning documentary video grows out of one community’s efforts to reconsider its history and the history of the region that surrounds it. The video originated as a collaboration between the co-authors of a 2016 slide show and talk, archaeologists/historic preservation consultants Wendy E. Harris and Arnold Pickman, and members of the Cragsmoor community who came forward to volunteer their time and talents to transform the talk into a documentary video. Two years in the making, the video delves deeply into the hidden history of southern Ulster County’s rural hinterlands, documenting the experiences of both enslaved and enslavers as well as the present-day landscape that still holds visual evidence of their lives and labors. The information presented draws upon primary documents, archaeological fieldwork, surveys of local historic architecture, as well as the insights of contemporary scholars and researchers such as Dr. A.J. Williams-Myers. For the video’s creators, the goal is to fashion a new and more inclusive narrative about the region’s past. It is their hope that the video’s distribution will help open dialogue on the historical impact of slavery on all parts of our country, including New York State, and that it will serve as a vehicle for understanding and reconciliation.

Archaeologists/Historic Preservation consultants Wendy E. Harris and Arnold Pickman formed Cragsmoor Consultants in 2002. Their clients have included the Open Space Institute, the Nature Conservancy, the Joint Historic Preservation Commission of Wawarsing and Ellenville, the Historical Society of Shawangunk and Gardiner, and the Shawangunk Mountains Scenic Byway. Prior to this Harris served as staff archaeologist for the New York District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. She is also a co-author of Yama Farms: A Most Unusual Catskills Resort (2006) and a contributor to the collection Tales of Gotham: Historical Archaeology, Ethnohistory and Microhistory of New York City (Springer 2013). Pickman served as Principal Investigator and/or Field Investigator at many New York City archaeological projects including the South Street Seaport, Hanover Square, the Morris-Jumel Mansion, the Staten Island Conference House, the Queens County Farm Museum and Sullivan Street in Greenwich Village. Together, Harris and Pickman worked on a series of investigations of the Hudson River ice harvesting industry. The results of their research appear in The Environmental History of the Hudson River (SUNY Press 2011). In 2014 the Cragsmoor Conservancy published Harris and Pickman’s monograph account of their archaeological excavation at the site of what was once the home of Peter P. Brown, a local farmer who is depicted in many works by the well-known nineteenth-century American genre painter, Edward Lamson Henry. Between 2014 and 2015 they produced a series of articles for the Cragsmoor Historical Journal dealing with the early history of Cragsmoor and the Shawangunk Mountain Region. Research for the articles resulted in their discovery of Cragsmoor’s association with Ulster County’s slaveholding past.

“Where Slavery Died Hard: The Forgotten History of Ulster County and the Shawangunk Mountain Region” is the recent recipient of the Museum of Association of New York Award of Merit for Innovation in Collection Access.


General Admission $10

Discounted Tickets for HHS members, seniors, students, active military members, and veterans

Please note that all ticket sales are final and non-refundable.

Sponsored by Ulster Savings Bank.

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"Dressing in the 17th Century," a talk on colonial clothing with researcher and blog writer Tara Mancini
Mar
21
7:00 PM19:00

"Dressing in the 17th Century," a talk on colonial clothing with researcher and blog writer Tara Mancini

Researcher and writer Tara Mancini of Calicos, Camelots and Swords will dive into the wardrobes and hampers of some of our earliest settlers, including the farmer Jan Gerritsen and Goertje Huybertse in 1664, and the Dutch doctor Gysbert van Imbroch and his French wife Rachel Monger de la Montagne in 1665. Mancini explains why Icelandic, Flemish, and Native American stockings were used and why the textiles serge and laken were all-important. She'll also get to describe the Dutch “vlieger,” the fabulous “tabaard” gown, and a surprise garment from the far East that was popular with both the Dutch and French. Mancini uses primary sources from personal probate inventories to bills of lading and even shop and store inventories to uncover how the people of the Hudson Valley dressed from the 1630s to 1700. 

In Mancini’s own words: "I was once told that all colonists dressed, ate, and did things in the English fashion. Living in Buffalo with annual trips to the Hudson Valley, I started on quest to understand if the primary sources backed up this claim when applied to New York. It turned into a specialized study of records and documents including bills of lading, probate, ship, store, and shop inventories. The end result was a database with over a 120 inventories specific to the Province of New York and New Netherland 1630s-1760s with supplemental info from court and journal records.”


General admission $10 

Discounted Tickets for HHS members, seniors, students, active military members, and veterans

Please note that all ticket sales are final and non-refundable.

Sponsored by Ulster Savings Bank.

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"Three Years Inside the Redoubt: Excavations on Huguenot Street, 2016-2018" a lecture with Dr. Joseph Diamond
Mar
2
4:00 PM16:00

"Three Years Inside the Redoubt: Excavations on Huguenot Street, 2016-2018" a lecture with Dr. Joseph Diamond

Three years of excavations within and along the edge of the c. 1678-1680 French Huguenot Redoubt have provided new clues to the size and internal structure of the fortification.  During 2016 -2018 at a depth of over 1 meter, we located evidence for poteaux-en-terre  (post in ground) structures along the inside of the north wall. These may have been built onto the fortification, or they may have been free-standing within the Redoubt. During the 2018 field season, and with help from the SUNY New Paltz Geology Department, we located the southwest corner of the Redoubt. The southwest corner trench contained Dutch majolica, small red Dutch bricks and hand-wrought nails. Excavations inside the north wall of the Redoubt and just south of the DuBois Fort located European ceramics, architectural elements, personal items, military artifacts, and of course food remains.

In addition to being the an Associate Professor in the Anthropology Department at SUNY New Paltz, Dr. Diamond instructs the Archaeology Field School at SUNY New Paltz, which performs annual archeological digs on Huguenot Street. He received his Ph.D. from SUNY Albany.


 General Admission $10

Discounted Tickets for HHS members, seniors, students, active military members, and veterans

Please note that all ticket sales are final and non-refundable.

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Myths, Legends and Stories of the Underground Railroad: The Story From Documents Versus What my Uncle Told Me About our Old House
Feb
17
2:00 PM14:00

Myths, Legends and Stories of the Underground Railroad: The Story From Documents Versus What my Uncle Told Me About our Old House

Paul & Mary Liz Stewart from the Underground Railroad History Project will talk about the Underground Railroad in a way you've probably not heard it presented before, debunking popular myths and comparing them with what we know from documentation and archival research.

Paul & Mary Liz Stewart have been researching the Underground Railroad for the past 20 years. Their work has included publishing articles about the Underground Railroad, forming a non-profit organization around the Underground Railroad story, organizing scores of walking tours in multiple neighborhoods, organizing conferences on the Underground Railroad for 17 years, appearing on TV and radio, identifying a key historic site, getting that site on the National Register and raising over a million dollars for the site's restoration. They have won numerous awards for their work and don't plan to stop any time soon.  


 General Admission $12

Discounts are available for HHS members, seniors, students, active military members, veterans, and children under 13

Please note that all ticket sales are final and non-refundable.

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"The Midwinter Hunt: Bears, Stars, and Snow," a nature walk with Justin Wexler
Feb
9
11:00 AM11:00

"The Midwinter Hunt: Bears, Stars, and Snow," a nature walk with Justin Wexler

The first in a series of four seasonal nature walks being led by Justin Wexler through the Nyquist-Harcourt Wildlife Sanctuary titled, Everywhere at Home: How Local Native People Once Lived With The Land

Local native peoples once made annual, seasonal trips to the habitats where the land had the most to share. For example, in the Hudson Valley indigenous calendar, springtime was spent along the tributary streams of the Hudson River to catch spawning fish. Summer was spent in floodplain villages adjacent to the maize crops. Autumn was a time when people collected nuts and set brush fires to hunt game in the hills. And early winter was a time for a special extended stay in nearby mountain valleys for trapping. These are only a few of the many ways in which the Esopus people and their neighbors lived off of the land. 

Come join us for one (or all four) seasonal walks with guide Justin Wexler to learn all about how local native people lived off the land. These walks identify local flora and fauna and explain their material uses in native culture while also explaining the species and the surrounding ecosystems through Munsee language and folklore.


Attendees should check in at the DuBois Fort Visitor Center 10 minutes before the start of the tour. The tour will begin at the wigwam. Rain date: Saturday, February 16.


 General Admission $20

Discounts are available for HHS members, seniors, students, active military members, veterans, and children under 13 (with promo code NatureWalk10)

OR purchase a ticket for all four nature walks and receive a $12 reimbursement at the conclusion of the program in November (making the cost of all four walks only $68 in total)

Please note that all ticket sales are final and non-refundable.

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"An Artist's Interpretation of New York History," a talk with Len Tantillo
Dec
14
6:30 PM18:30

"An Artist's Interpretation of New York History," a talk with Len Tantillo

Fall Harvest Gala donors receive a free reception and talk with Len.

Reception from 6:00 – 6:30 PM

 "An Artist's Interpretation of New York History"

From the artist: Over the past thirty years I have tried to illustrate aspects of the early history of New York State. The source of my inspiration is derived from the vast and varied knowledge of numerous New York historians along with the study of contemporaneous primary source graphic documents such as maps, drawings and paintings. I believe that picturing the past is one of the most effective ways to engage an audience, pique their interest and hopefully increase their awareness of regional history.

 Len Tantillo (b. 1946 - ) is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. Tantillo is a licensed architect who left the field of architecture in 1986 to pursue a career in the fine art of historical and marine painting. Since that time, his work has appeared internationally in exhibitions, publications and film documentaries. He is the author of four books, and the recipient of two honorary degrees. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Marine Artists. His work is included in the collections of the Fenimore Art Museum, the Minnesota Museum of Marine Art, Albany Institute of History and Art, Noble Maritime Collection at Sailor’s Snug Harbor, numerous historical societies, and corporate and private collections in the USA and abroad. In 2004 he was commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art to create a painting depicting the Daniel Winne house as it may have appeared in 1755.


For more information visit: lftantillo.com

Public Admission to talk - $15 general admission, $13.50 HHS members, seniors, students, active military members, and veterans

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CHOCOLATE: The History of Chocolate in the Hudson Valley
Dec
8
2:00 PM14:00

CHOCOLATE: The History of Chocolate in the Hudson Valley

CHOCOLATE: The History of Chocolate in the Hudson Valley, educational talk with Peter G. Rose

The Hudson Valley’s trading and manufacturing history of what is now our favorite confection, but started as an invigorating and nourishing drink, will be discussed in a PP presentation by Food Historian Peter G. Rose. She will describe the early trade by the Valley’s Dutch settlers in the 17th century and the subsequent manufacturing developments of chocolate through the 18th century into the late 19th century. She will end with some useful facts on working with today’s chocolate. A recipe sheet will be available as a hand-out. Rose was part of a group of more than 100 scholars, who investigated the history of chocolate in America, sponsored by the Historic Division of Mars, Inc., which culminated in a book Chocolate: History, Culture & Heritage (Wiley, 2009). 

Admission comes with one serving of drinking chocolate based on Rose’s recipe, provided by the Village Tea Room.

Culinary historian Peter G. Rose is the author of nine books on the Dutch influence in America and Hudson Valley food. She has lectured on a variety of topics related to Dutch and Dutch-American culinary history recently at: The University of Amsterdam, but also at The National Gallery; The Smithsonian Institute; Harvard University's Fogg Museum;  New York University; the New York State Library; the New York Historical Society; as well as more than a hundred other historical societies and libraries in New York State and various museums in the Netherlands, including the Mauritshuis National Picture Gallery in The Hague.

Tickets are $15 (10% for seniors, students, HHS members, active military members, and veterans.) One serving of drinking chocolate comes with the price of admission.

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A Holiday on Huguenot Street & Community Tree Lighting
Nov
30
to Dec 1

A Holiday on Huguenot Street & Community Tree Lighting

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Historic Huguenot Street and the Reformed Church of New Paltz present A Holiday on Huguenot Street on November 30 and December 1, featuring holiday tours, a craft fair, horse-drawn wagon rides, farm animals, and more. The series of events will begin at 5 pm on Friday, November 30, with Historic Huguenot Street’s special Holiday Tours that last about 45 minutes and will be taking place at 5, 6, and 8 PM.

This year’s A Holiday on Huguenot Street tours will explore seasonal and holiday traditions practiced by different cultures in New Paltz over the centuries. The tour will begin at the replica Esopus Munsee wigwam where an interpreter will share traditional Munsee stories and New Year customs. Next, visitors will watch a vignette in the Abraham Hasbrouck House featuring two actors portraying Hasbrouck children in the mid-18th century as they delve into French Huguenot and Dutch traditions. Finally, tour-takers will become special guests of the Deyo House during an in-the-moment tour with Gertrude Deyo Brodhead, a wealthy Victorian socialite, who will share all of her lavish Christmas plans in her meticulously-decorated home. Tours will run about 45 minutes long.

From 5 to 8 pm, the Misty Mountain Girl Scout Troop will host a cookie walk to support Local at Heart, while working toward their Community Service and Cooking badges. Also at 5 pm, the Reformed Church’s annual Craft Fair will open in the Wullschleger Education Building, followed by Soup on the Stoop on the steps of the Church at 6 pm. Greens, crafts, and ornaments are being sold in the education building Friday 5 to 8 pm and Saturday 9 to 2 pm.

At 7 pm the community will participate in a Paper Lantern Light Parade, beginning at the Reformed Church and proceeding to the Deyo House lawn for Historic Huguenot Street’s annual Community Tree Lighting. Luminaries will line the street and paper lanterns will be available for purchase at the Museum Shop. Paper lanterns may be pre-ordered in advance online at huguenotstreet.org/shop and can be purchased that evening at the Craig House at 18 Broadhead Avenue. During the tree lighting, come listen to festive holiday carols performed by Historic Huguenot Street’s own a cappella choir, the Huguenot Heralds!

Guests are welcome to take free photos with Santa on the Deyo House porch following the tree lighting until 8 PM, at which point the Reformed Church will host a free holiday concert in the sanctuary with local musical group Wind and Stone.  

On Saturday, December 1, Historic Huguenot Street’s Holiday Tours will be leaving from the Museum Shop at 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, and 4 pm. The Misty Mountain Girl Scout Troop will continue their cookie walk from 10 am to 3 pm. 

In the Wullschleger Education Building from 9 am to 2 pm, children can participate in a build a bear workshop.

At 11 am, all are invited to the Church’s Christmas Café in the Social Hall (92 Huguenot Street) until 2 pm. Immediately after, there will be a free holiday concert featuring the Big Blue Big Band in the Church’s sanctuary.

Beginning at 12 pm, Historic Huguenot Street will host horse-drawn wagon rides along the street. Rides will be available every 15 minutes from 12 to 3 pm for $5 (children 3 and under are free), departing from the DuBois Fort. Visitors can also meet and pet local farm animals and learn about these friendly creatures from our local 4-H members.

Sponsored by Americas Best Value Inn of New Paltz, Ulster Savings Bank, Riverside Bank, A Division of Salisbury Bank and Trust Company, Redfin, and Stewart’s Shops.


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Little Huguenots After-School Program
Nov
13
to Dec 18

Little Huguenots After-School Program

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Do you wish you had more time to let your child help you in the kitchen or to create a craft?  Then we have the program for you! Each week kids will have a chance to create something new. Whether it be making their own Dutch Apple Pie or crafting a mini-stone house, kids will have the opportunity to discover, create, explore and more!  

GRADES: 3 to 5 (Ages 8 to 11)
This program is open only to 3rd-to-5th-grade students at Lenape Elementary School

DATES: Tuesdays November 13 to December 11, 4 to 5:30 PM December 18 is a tentative makeup day

LOCATION: Students will take Bus 124 from Lenape Elementary School to Deyo Hall, 6 Broadhead Avenue, New Paltz Parents/guardians must pick students up at Deyo Hall

PRICE: $95 for a 5-week session

Contact Alyssa Bruno, School Programming Coordinator, at alyssa@huguenotstreet.org or (845) 255-1660 ext. 118 with questions

All after-school program staff members and volunteers have passed a background check.

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Van de oude wereld naar de nieuwe: Netherlandish Architecture, its roots, forms, and legacy
Nov
8
6:30 PM18:30

Van de oude wereld naar de nieuwe: Netherlandish Architecture, its roots, forms, and legacy

Members, donors, prospective supporters receive a free reception and talk by Ian Stewart.

Reception from 6:00 – 6:30 PM

"Van de oude wereld naar de nieuwe: Netherlandish Architecture, its roots, forms, and legacy,” lecture with Ian Stewart from 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Ian Stewart will discuss the architecture of the Netherlands, which was imported to the New World, and persisted for two centuries. Drawing from Old World examples, he will compare and contrast building forms and styles between the Netherlandish areas of Europe, and the area formerly known as New Netherland.  He will discuss domestic, agricultural, and industrial construction forms which follow traditional "Dutch" patterns, as well as discussing the various "Anglo Dutch" hybrid buildings which arise in the years after the fall of New Netherland, well into the 19th Century.  This will be followed by a Question and Answer period.

 Ian Stewart has been working the preservation trades field for over a decade.  He is a rare combination of tradesperson and academic. Dedicated to the furtherance of the traditional trades and crafts in America, Ian was the President of the Board of Directors of the Preservation Trades Network, is a member of the Timber Framer’s Guild, and is a member of the Traditional Timber Frame Research Advisory Group (TTRAG).  Ian holds a Master’s degree in Preservation Studies at Boston University’s School of American and New England Studies. His thesis focused on Anglo Dutch houses of the Hudson Valley, particularly those built prior to 1830.  Ian’s primary area of research has been the buildings constructed by Netherlandish immigrants to the United States, as well as the origins of those styles in Belgium and the Netherlands.  His work in this field was recently recognized by the New Netherland Institute, who awarded him the Alice P. Kenney award in 2018.  Ian constantly strives to bring attention to this unique style of construction, which has been greatly overlooked, despite its influence in American architecture.

 Public Admission - $10 general admission, $8 seniors, students

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Nov
7
9:00 AM09:00

Risk Management for Collections

Greater Hudson Heritage Network is offering a special workshop on November 7th on Risk Management for Collections that will take place at Historic Huguenot Street and will guide users smoothly through the steps of the risk management process. The workshop is co-presented by the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands and the NYS Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. Space is limited to 25 people

Risk management is an integral part of the decision-making process for organizational stewardship. It is especially useful for those responsible for the care, survival, and accessibility of our cultural heritage. Risk management not only involves immediate risks to the safety of objects and collections, but also encompasses all the threats to which they are exposed; both events (such as fire, flooding and theft) as well as processes (including fading due to light, cracks from dehydration, and tarnishing caused by pollution). This workshop is intended to guide users smoothly through the steps of the risk management process.  Risk Management for Collections is a strategy developed by the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed, or RCE). The RCE strategy identifies, analyzes, and evaluates risks to collections. 

The Risk Management for Collections program concentrates on the further development of a user-friendly method of risk management. This program, presented by Dr. Bart Ankersmit and Renate van Leijen will make this method accessible to and provide attendees with the necessary information so that small organizations with limited resources may conduct risk assessments and manage relevant risks.

This full-day workshop includes a lite breakfast, networking luncheon, and resource packet.

GHHN Members: $45.00

Nonmembers: $55.00

Workshop Fee includes light breakfast, lunch, and resource packet.

Contact

Kerry Sclafani
Greater Hudson Heritage Network
914.592.6726
info@greaterhudson.org

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Trick-or-Treat on Huguenot Street
Oct
31
3:30 PM15:30

Trick-or-Treat on Huguenot Street

Following four successful years of this annual tradition on Huguenot Street, children and families are welcome to once again walk the street on Halloween night, October 31, trick-or-treating at the historic houses from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm. 

Free and open to the public, a portion of Huguenot Street will be closed to vehicular traffic while children trick-or-treat. Children and adults can expect to meet "residents" that span the National Historic Landmark District's centuries-long history, including colonial-era women, Revolutionary War soldiers, a Victorian-era socialite and her house maid, flappers from the Roaring Twenties, and other costumed interpreters.

Sponsored by Ulster Savings Bank.

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Mold: Prevention, Detection, Recovery (Presented by DHPSNY)
Oct
16
9:00 AM09:00

Mold: Prevention, Detection, Recovery (Presented by DHPSNY)

A workshop presented by Documentary Heritage & Preservation Services for New York (DHPSNY) with speaker Gillian Marcus, Preservation Specialist, DHPSNY.

Mold can stain artifacts and weaken paper, books, textiles, and proteinaceous materials such as leather. It can also cause health problems for staff and visitors. This half-day workshop will discuss how to identify mold, the environmental factors that allow mold to grow and thrive, and how to prevent an outbreak. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and procedures for handling the health risks of a mold outbreak will also be discussed. Attendees will learn best practices for cleaning moldy books and papers, as well as identifying when it’s necessary to call a conservator or a professional mold remediation company.

This is a half-day session, with morning (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM) and afternoon (2:00 - 5:00 PM) sessions. Registration is limited to 20 participants per session.  

Program times:
Choose one when registering
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
OR
2:00 - 5:00 PM

Important Registration Information:

  • The registration deadline for each workshop is two weeks before the workshop date.
  • You must complete a separate registration for each individual attending the workshop. You must complete the entire registration form for each attendee to guarantee a spot at the workshop. 
  • A reminder email will be sent one week prior to each workshop date. If you believe you have registered but have not received a reminder, please contact DHPSNY at info@dhpsny.org to confirm that you are registered.
  • If online registration is inconvenient, you may also call DHPSNY at (215) 545-0613
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Living in Style: A Special Tour With George Way
Oct
14
2:00 PM14:00

Living in Style: A Special Tour With George Way

Historic Huguenot Street (HHS) has extended the special exhibition Living in Style: Selections from the George Way Collection of Dutch Fine and Decorative Art until December 16, 2018. Featuring more than 100 17th- and 18th-century Dutch items from the Netherlands—including 22 oil paintings, a rich diversity of interior furnishings, and decorative and utilitarian objects—the exhibition is installed in a period room in the historic Jean Hasbrouck House (ca. 1721) and celebrates the Dutch culture that flourished in the 1600s and 1700s in New York State’s New Netherland Colony.

George Way will lead a private exhibition tour Sunday, October 14, at 2 PM. Private tours are $20 ($18 for seniors, active military members, veterans, students, and members).

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Haunted Huguenot Street
Oct
12
to Oct 28

Haunted Huguenot Street

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Infection and disease during the colonial period were mysterious and ubiquitous. Eighteenth-century doctors attempted to diagnose and treat these illnesses to the best of their knowledge, but too often, their treatments caused insurmountable pain, and in the worst cases, fatality. During the 2018 Haunted Huguenot Street tours, you will discover some of the dangerous diseases that plagued the early New Paltz community, and witness theatrical demonstrations of the remedies that were used in an attempt to cure them.

Tours begin at 5 PM and leave from the Dubois Fort Visitor Center every hour on the hour, with the last tour of the evening leaving at 9 PM.

Friday, October 12
Saturday, October 13
Thursday, October 18
Friday, October 19
Saturday, October 20
Thursday, October 25
Friday, October 26
Saturday, October 27
Sunday, October 28

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HHS Cider Market & Tasting at Applestock
Oct
6
11:00 AM11:00

HHS Cider Market & Tasting at Applestock

Historic Huguenot Street will host its fourth-annual hard cider market and tasting this year at Applestock on Saturday, October 6, at the Reformed Church of New Paltz, 92 Huguenot Street. This year’s market will feature numerous New York State cideries, wineries, and breweries. In addition to ciders, vendors will be selling other products from their orchards and farms, including fresh-cut flowers, local apples, apple-cider donuts, and more. Tickets to enter the tent are $10 a person. Designated drivers and individuals under the age of 21 may enter for free.

 

The HHS Cider Market & Tasting at Applestock is sponsored by Lothrop Associates, Riverside Bank a Division of Salisbury Bank and Trust Company, and Ulster Savings Bank.

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Fall Harvest Celebration
Sep
22
6:00 PM18:00

Fall Harvest Celebration

Historic Huguenot Street’s Fall Harvest Celebration returns September 22. Come enjoy the region’s agricultural heritage with a delicious farm-to-table dinner amid the site’s historic stone houses. 

Throughout the evening, you’ll celebrate the change of seasons on Huguenot Street’s historic grounds in the company of fellow preservation enthusiasts while benefiting the history that you love. To learn more about the Fall Harvest Celebration, please contact Historic Huguenot Street’s Development Department at 845-255-1660 ext. 104.

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Old New Paltz Stone House Day
Sep
8
11:00 AM11:00

Old New Paltz Stone House Day

HHS is pleased to announce a special revival of Stone House Day, a formerly annual tradition, which will be hosted in partnership with the Town of New Paltz. On Saturday, September 8, the National Historic Landmark District will host Old New Paltz Stone House Day to celebrate the 340th anniversary of the settling of New Paltz.

After nearly ten years, HHS is bringing back Old New Paltz Stone House Day, with a stronger focus on the diversity of Hudson Valley history. It will be a celebration of all the cultures that impacted New Paltz and Ulster County including African, Dutch, English, Esopus Munsee, and French.

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"Moments of Discovery: Research Revelations in Local History," a talk with local author and historian Marc B. Fried
Aug
30
7:00 PM19:00

"Moments of Discovery: Research Revelations in Local History," a talk with local author and historian Marc B. Fried

Ulster County and Shawangunk region historian Marc B. Fried is author of six books of local history and nature writing. In his 50 years perusing Dutch and English colonial manuscripts, court and church records and maps both ancient and modern, and in his extensive interviews with local huckleberry pickers and forest rangers and treks through the Shawangunk Mountains and Rondout and Wallkill valleys, Fried has solved many seemingly intractable historical and geographical mysteries and shed light on local legends and folklore.

In this talk, Fried will discuss some of the more dramatic discoveries he has written about and the sources, methods and perspectives that helped reveal the past and separate fact from fiction. A question and answer period and book signing will follow his talk.

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A Special Archaeology Tour With Professor Joe Diamond
Aug
2
7:00 PM19:00

A Special Archaeology Tour With Professor Joe Diamond

Join SUNY New Paltz Professor Joseph Diamond for a special tour of an archaeological excavation site on the grounds of Historic Huguenot Street and learn about the artifacts left by the original settlers and the Native Americans who came before them. Every summer professor Diamond brings students from his field school to conduct a live archaeology dig on site. Many of the class’s findings over the years are household items most likely left behind by Huguenot settlers or Lenape tribes. However, Diamond and his students have found a number of prehistoric pointed spearheads dating back as far as 5,000 years.

$15 to attend. 10% discounts for member, seniors, students, active military members, and veterans. Beverages, such as cider, beer, and seltzer will be available for visitors to enjoy. Pre-registration is highly encouraged. 

All tours begin at the DuBois Fort Visitor Center (81 Huguenot Street).

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Young Writers Program
Jul
30
to Aug 3

Young Writers Program

Led by the region's finest teachers, the Hudson Valley Writing Project offers children and teens unique learning experiences at local cultural and historic sites, nature preserves, and college campuses.

In one adventurous week, young writers ages 10 - 14 will tour historic stone houses, explore a wildlife sanctuary, and spend time on a working farm as they learn and write about the remarkably rich history of this land and its people.

Register at http://www.newpaltz.edu/hvwp/summercamps.

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In Her Words: A Women's History Tour
Jul
29
to Aug 25

In Her Words: A Women's History Tour

Developed by Historic Huguenot Street's public programming department with the assistance of SUNY New Paltz intern Allison Surgeary, the tour will follow the lives and stories of several women who played a role in local history. Visitors will be guided through four historic buildings and have the opportunity to discover figures from the past through a combination of factual, historical information and cleverly composed monologues written and recorded by HHS staff and volunteers. 

Register for a tour:

General admission is $15. Discounted tickets for members, seniors, students, active military members, and veterans are $13.50. Pre-registration is highly encouraged. 

Sunday, July 29, 11 AM
Saturday, August 25, 11 AM

All tours begin at the DuBois Fort Visitor Center (81 Huguenot Street).

Visitors will hear the stories of the Esopus women who signed the 1677 Indian Deed; Catherine Blanchan (1629 - 1713), one of the original New Paltz Huguenot settlers; enslaved Africans Rachel and Dinah; Wyntje Hasbrouck (1708 – 1787), a colonial woman who managed her own estate; Cornelia Markle VanWagenen (1775 – 1819), a widow who ran her own business in the early 1800s; Julia “Aunt Judy” Jackson (ca. 1800 – 1898), a freed slave; Eliza Varick Silvernail Ackert (1830 – 1916), the first female editor of the original New Paltz Times; Progressive-era artist Julia McEntee Dillon (1834 – 1919); and Mary Jane Snyder Freer (1862 – 1931), the first New Paltz woman to vote in 1918.

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Camp Huguenot
Jul
23
to Jul 27

Camp Huguenot

Campers are invited to discover, explore, and experience Historic Huguenot Street, where they will learn about the site, its unique history, and the individuals who settled New Paltz over 300 years ago!

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Haunted Huguenot Street Walking Tour
Jul
22
4:00 PM16:00

Haunted Huguenot Street Walking Tour

You’ve heard of old haunted houses—but do you know the stories of the spirits who haunt them? Explore the 340-year-old street with a guide who will share thrilling, eerie, and mysterious tales from the darker history of New Paltz and Huguenot Street. Hear stories of past residents who lived in the stone homes and experienced terrible tragedies, encountered apparitions, and held paranormal investigations. New Paltz history is so alive that it even comes back from the dead.

Admission: $10 

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New Paltz in the War for Independence
Jul
7
10:00 AM10:00

New Paltz in the War for Independence

Historic Huguenot Street will host a Revolutionary War encampment on Saturday, July 7, with the 5th New York Regiment. The original 5th New York Regiment included many soldiers from Orange and Ulster counties.

At the camp site, living historians from the 5th New York Regiment will demonstrate marching and drilling, showing how arms at the time were handled and fired. An armament demonstration will display various types of muskets and weaponry while members of the regiment explain how they were used, fired, and maintained. Wedge-style tents and a dining “fly” will serve as the backdrop on the Huguenot Street grounds.

Additional demonstrations and displays will reveal aspects of civilian life, including candle making, woodworking, musket ball and cartridge manufacturing, and colonial cooking. Children can participate in reenactment military drills and various colonial games. 

The encampment is free and open to the public, rain or shine.

Sponsored by Americas Best Value Inn of New PaltzUlster Savings BankRiverside Bank a Division of Salisbury Bank & Trust Company, and Lothrop Associates.

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A Recipe for Disaster: Murder Mystery at the Old Fort Restaurant
Jun
22
to Jun 30

A Recipe for Disaster: Murder Mystery at the Old Fort Restaurant

Friday, June 22
Saturday, June 23
Friday, June 29
Saturday, June 30 - SOLD OUT

Experience a special two-weekend revival of the Old Fort Restaurant on Huguenot Street with actors portraying characters inspired by historic New Paltz figures such as Elsie Oates, the proprietor of the Old Fort (1938–1972); Alice Crans, the cook; and many others. There will be four opportunities to attend this dinner-theater performance: Friday, June 22; Saturday, June 23; Friday, June 29; and Saturday, June 30; all at 6 PM.

The year is 1958, and Elsie Oates has invited you to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the opening of her restaurant. However, the pleasant evening is derailed when a mysterious visitor arrives and causes quite a stir. Help the Old Fort staff and its neighbors uncover the truth in this whodunit immersive dinner-theater experience.

Come dressed in your best midcentury attire and enjoy a meal inspired by classic Alice Crans recipes. When you arrive at the DuBois Fort Visitor Center for the event, you may also have the opportunity to play a role in the evening and portray a 1958 New Paltz resident. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early, as the performance will begin promptly at 6 PM.

General Admission: $65
HHS Members: $60 + one additional raffle ticket

Admission will include:
An immersive dinner-theater experience
One three-course meal (family-style)
Soft drinks, wine, and beer
One raffle ticket

MENU

Relish Tray: Preserved lemon whipped ricotta, pickled red onions, and croutons

Entree: Pot roast of beef or zucchini & eggplant au gratin, parsley potatoes, and buttered green beans

Dessert: Date nut pudding with hard sauce

Catering by Duo Bistro, duo bistro.com

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Family Day: Free Admission
Jun
17
10:00 AM10:00

Family Day: Free Admission

Enjoy free admissions to Historic Huguenot Street on June 17. This includes admissions into the historic house tours and exhibits. Bring a blanket and bagged lunch and have a picnic on our grounds. Enjoy a day with the family as you learn about the families who founded New Paltz.

This event is part of New York State's Path Through History Weekend.

 

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