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

View Event →
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 Paltz.

View Event →
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!

View Event →
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.

View Event →
"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.

View Event →
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.

View Event →
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.

View Event →
Cider Market & Tasting
Oct
6
12:00 PM12:00

Cider Market & Tasting

Historic Huguenot Street will host its fourth annual hard cider market and tasting on Saturday, October 6. This year’s market will feature over a dozen New York State cideries, wineries, and breweries, plus food trucks, and live music. In addition to ciders, vendors will be selling other products from their orchards and farms as well, including fresh cut flowers, local apples, apple cider donuts, and more.

Sponsored by Ulster Savings Bank.

View Event →
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
View Event →
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.

View Event →
Little Huguenots After-School Program
Nov
13
to Dec 18

Little Huguenots After-School Program

  • Historic Huguenot Street (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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 - 5
Dates: November 13, 20, 27, December 6, 13 (2018)
Tuesdays 3:45 – 5:00 pm
Location:  Deyo Hall, 6 Broadhead Avenue, New Paltz

View Event →

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.

 

View Event →
"The Huguenot Silversmiths of London," a lecture by Dr. Tessa Murdoch
May
10
4:00 PM16:00

"The Huguenot Silversmiths of London," a lecture by Dr. Tessa Murdoch

From the mid-16th century French protestant refugee craftsmen settled in London where they enjoyed freedom of worship and the opportunity to practise their skills. The patronage of goldsmiths in war-torn France in the late 17th century was forbidden by the French King Louis XIV. Renewed persecution of the Huguenots, as French protestants were known, resulted in an increased exodus of talent that joined already established networks of craftsmen in London. Although in the late 17th century the first generation silversmiths introduced new forms of secular plate and high quality workmanship, the second generation craftsmen, Paul de Lamerie and Paul Crespin achieved an even greater reputation. Their skills appealed to a wide range of contemporary patrons. 

Whereas first generation smiths made for aristocratic patrons including George Booth, 2nd Earl of Warrington and William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Devonshire, the second generation craftsmen made for a wider circle including their fellow craftsmen. The network which the Huguenot silversmiths maintained amongst their own community and the care with which they nurtured their patrons, created a monopoly which provoked a hostile reaction from native silversmiths. In order to sustain their own business, the native smiths often employed Huguenot journeymen who gradually infiltrated the London workforce. The remarkable three generation dynasty of Courtauld family silversmiths is a tribute to the tenacity with which the Huguenot craftsmen and women maintained their place at the centre of this skilled workforce.

Tessa Murdoch’s PhD "Huguenot artists, designers and craftsmen in Great Britain and Ireland, 1680-1760," University of London, 1982, fed into the Museum of London exhibition The Quiet Conquest: The Huguenots 1685-1985. Elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1988, she joined V&A Furniture and Woodwork in 1990 assisting with research for the acclaimed British Galleries. In 2002 she was appointed Deputy Keeper, Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics and Glass and Head of Metalwork.

She was lead curator for the V&A’s 2005 Sacred Silver and Stained Glass Galleries and the 2009 Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Galleries. Publications include Noble Households: Eighteenth Century Inventories of Great English Houses (2006) and Beyond the Border: Huguenot Goldsmiths in Northern Europe and North America (2008). For the 2012/2013 exchange of exhibitions between the V&A and the Moscow Kremlin Museums she co-edited The Golden Age of the English Court from Henry VIII to Charles I, Moscow, 2012, and London, 2013, Treasures of the Royal Courts:Tudors, Stuarts & the Russian Tsars. Going for Gold: Craftsmanship and Collecting of Gold Boxes (2014), the proceedings of a V&A/Wallace Collection conference held in 2010, was co-edited with Heike Zech. In September 2015, she co-edited and contributed on sculpture and clocks to Burning Bright: Essays in honour of David Bindman published by UCL Press and available for download. She curated an exhibition of Musical Clocks in 2013 for Handel House Museum. Recent acquisitions by Huguenot craftsmen include for the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection include a royal Christening gift purchased at TEFAF Maastricht in 2014 and for the V&A a royal mantel clock, purchased at Masterpiece, London, 2016.

Pictured: Tureen (Detail), 1751-52, Samuel Courtauld I, The Courtauld Gallery

View Event →
“Sex and the City: The Early Years,” presented by author Bill Greer
May
5
2:00 PM14:00

“Sex and the City: The Early Years,” presented by author Bill Greer

“Sex and the City: The Early Years” looks at the bawdy world of Dutch New York from 1624 to 1664. Through anecdotes of real people and events, the talk examines the rather libertine culture Europeans brought to the Hudson Valley and how that culture engendered an independent streak that fueled a rebellion of the common people against their rulers. This conflict, many historians argue, laid the foundation for the pluralistic, freedom-loving society that America became.

Bill Greer has spent much of his working life in the heart of New Amsterdam.  He was a trustee of the New Netherland Institute from 2008 to 2015 and received the Institute’s Howard G. Hageman award for his contributions to launch the New Netherland Research Center in the New York State Library. His novel of New Amsterdam, The Mevrouw Who Saved Manhattan, paints a real and humorous portrait of Dutch life on the Hudson through the eyes of a sharp-tongued bride who comes among the first settlers.

$10 general admission
$9 for for seniors, students, members, and members of the armed service

View Event →
Opening Day
May
5
10:00 AM10:00

Opening Day

Regularly-scheduled tours will resume and the DuBois Fort Visitor Center and Museum Shop will re-open for the season. Ninety-minute tours of the site will take place hourly on the hour, beginning at 10 am, with the final tour starting at 4 pm, every day except Wednesdays.

Sponsored by Ulster Savings Bank.

View Event →
Pinkster
Apr
28
4:00 PM16:00

Pinkster

Historic Huguenot Street’s Spring Celebration Pinkster Festival will include a mix of the traditional Dutch and African customs that made this event so popular in early America.

The celebration of Pinkster was brought to what would become the Northeastern United States by Dutch colonists in the 17th century. Pinkster was a religious holiday celebrated on the seventh Sunday after Easter (Pentecost), and was typically recognized by a day of rest, church services, and important religious ceremonies such as baptisms and confirmations. For the Africans enslaved by these Dutch settlers, this day also became a day of rest and celebration for them. 

For the Africans in America, Pinkster reached its peak of popularity between 1790-1810. By this time, the celebration had become primarily African in culture and tradition. Both free and enslaved individuals would travel long distances to attend Pinkster festivals, where they would camp for many days and engage in sports, drinking, music and dance, and other activities that reflected their West African roots, including the election of a Pinkster King and council. This tradition replicated the ceremonies that took place in the prosperous kingdoms of Africa prior to the establishment of the slave trade. 

Historic Huguenot Street’s Spring Celebration Pinkster Festival will highlight the ways in which the free and enslaved Africans in New York and Ulster County transformed this traditionally Christian holiday into a festival that evoked and embraced their West African roots. 

Visitors can expect to experience West African inspired cuisine, traditional African drumming and dance, as well as African games, tours, and more.

View Event →
“That class of people called Low Dutch,” African Enslavement Among the Dutch Reformed Churches of Ulster County and New Jersey's Raritan Valley
Apr
7
4:00 PM16:00

“That class of people called Low Dutch,” African Enslavement Among the Dutch Reformed Churches of Ulster County and New Jersey's Raritan Valley

Drawing upon a variety of resources from research facilities in Ulster County and New Brunswick, NJ, Wendy E. Harris and Helene van Rossum will discuss aspects of African enslavement among the Dutch Reformed congregations of Marbletown, Rochester, Wawarsing, and Shawangunk, churches with historic ties to congregations in New Paltz and Kingston. In her memoirs, Sojourner Truth referred to the Dutch communities in Ulster county—to whom her first owner, Colonel Johannes Hardenbergh belonged—as “that class of people called Low Dutch.” The speakers will highlight enslavement among the powerful Hardenbergh family, as well as connections between Dutch Reformed congregations in Ulster County and those in Central New Jersey’s Raritan Valley, traceable through the ministries of Theodorus Jacobus Frelinghuysen (1691–1747), Johannes Frelinghuysen (1727–1754), and Jacob Rutsen Hardenbergh (1736–1790), the first president of Queen’s College (presently Rutgers University).

Wendy E. Harris is an Ulster-born archaeologist and historic preservation consultant. In 2002 she and fellow archaeologist Arnold Pickman formed Cragsmoor Consultants. Unexpected findings from recent projects conducted for the Cragsmoor Conservancy, the Cragsmoor Historical Society and the Village of Ellenville/Town of Wawarsing Joint Historic Preservation Commission led to Harris’s current interest in the history of African enslavement in what were once the Ulster County hinterlands. In June 2016 she and Pickman presented a joint talk at the Cragsmoor Historical Society entitled “Where Slavery Died Hard, The Forgotten History of Ulster County and the Shawangunk Mountains Region.”

Helene van Rossum, a Dutch-born archivist and writer, is the Public Services and Outreach archivist at Rutgers University Special Collections and University Archives. Among the repository’s Dutch holdings she found the farm ledgers of major slave holder Johannes G. Hardenbergh (1731-1811), cousin of Jacob Rutsen Hardenbergh and Colonel Johannes Hardenbergh, which led to her interest in Dutch communities in Ulster County. In June 2017 she presented a joint talk with Thomas Frusciano (Rutgers University Archivist) and John Coakley (Feakes Professor of Church History, Emeritus, at New Brunswick Theological Seminary) in the “Dutch Parsonage,” Somerset, NJ, entitled “Land, Faith, and Slaves. The shared heritage of the Hardenbergh family, Rutgers University, and the Dutch Reformed Church.”

$15 general admission
$13.50 for seniors, members, and members of the armed service

View Event →
HYPE Mixer
Apr
4
5:30 PM17:30

HYPE Mixer

Huguenot Young Professionals & Entrepreneurs (HYPE) will meet in the DuBois Fort, and then take a guided tour* through the wigwam, Abraham Hasbrouck House, and Deyo House (5:45-6:35pm; tour led by an HHS guide). Following the tour, Tim Dressel of Kettleborough Cider House will be in the Dubois Fort for a Huguenot Cider tasting (6:45-7:30pm).

Registration is required to attend this event

*Suggested donation of $10 will go directly to HHS to support their upcoming tour season.

Please park in the Reformed Church parking lots (closest to the Visitor Center).

View Event →
New Paltz Youth Program 31st Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Mar
24
12:00 PM12:00

New Paltz Youth Program 31st Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Children ages 1 to 12 are invited to participate in the annual hunt for 5,000 eggs. The hunt begins at 1 pm. There will be a bouncy house for the kids to enjoy and the Easter Bunny will be stopping by for a visit. This event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the New Paltz Youth Program and the New Paltz Police Department.

View Event →
"In Her Words," a lecture and performance
Mar
10
4:00 PM16:00

"In Her Words," a lecture and performance

Following the successful 2017 run of Historic Huguenot Street’s In Her Words: A Women’s History Tour, HHS will host a lecture and performance focusing on the lives of several women who helped shape local history. This lecture will feature actors who will portray these remarkable women, and perform creative monologues written by HHS staff.

Visitors will hear stories and watch performances about an Esopus Munsee woman who signed the 1677 Indian Deed; Catherine Blanchan (1629 – 1713), one of the original New Paltz Huguenot settlers; Rachel, an enslaved African woman; Wyntje Hasbrouck (1708 – 1787), a colonial woman who managed her own estate; Julia “Aunt Judy” Jackson (ca. 1800 – 1898), a freed slave and choir singer; Eliza 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.

Light refreshments will be served.

$20 general admission
$18 for seniors, members, and members of the armed service

View Event →
Screening and Discussion of "Historic Preservation and the Village of New Paltz"
Mar
4
4:00 PM16:00

Screening and Discussion of "Historic Preservation and the Village of New Paltz"

Historic Huguenot Street and the Village of New Paltz Historic Preservation Commission will co-sponsor a public screening of the Historic Preservation Commission's new informational video "Historic Preservation and the Village of New Paltz" on Sunday, March 4, at 4:00 pm at Deyo Hall (6 Broadhead Avenue, New Paltz). 

The video, created with the support of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Village of New Paltz, is about 25 minutes long. It explains the principles of historic architectural preservation and applies them to the local context. Immediately following the screening, the sponsors will invite public comment on any aspect of historic preservation, planning, and development in the community of New Paltz.

The event is free and open to the public. All are warmly welcome to attend.

View Event →
Mapping the Patent - 340 years later
Feb
17
4:00 PM16:00

Mapping the Patent - 340 years later

On Saturday, February 17, Historic Huguenot Street will host “Mapping the Patent,” a presentation of the first land survey of the New Paltz patent and its early divisions.

On May 26, 1677, 12 Huguenot refugees signed an agreement with sachems of the Esopus Munsee tribe for approximately 39,683 acres of land that would be called New Paltz. On September 15, 1677, New York Governor Edmund Andros confirmed the purchase, and on September 29, 1677, Governor Andros issued a patent for the land and made the tract an official township. For 340 years, the tract of land was never officially surveyed – until now.

Working with Carol Johnson and Margaret Stanne from the Haviland-Heidgard Historical Collection, SUNY New Paltz geography student Gregory Krupp has mapped the land of the original patent and its early divisions as they coincide with the modern landscape. Krupp was able to identify old boundary and plot lines by applying today’s technology to the information provided by old deeds, maps, town records, and stone walls, which still exist today.

On Saturday, February 17, at 4:00 PM, Krupp will present his new map to the public for the second time in Deyo Hall at 6 Broadhead Avenue (his first presentation took place at the Elting Memorial Library in November 2017). A Q&A portion will follow the presentation and light refreshments will be served.

$10 general admission
$9 for seniors, members, and members of the armed service

View Event →
Little Huguenots After-School Program
Feb
13
to Mar 13

Little Huguenots After-School Program

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: K - 2 (Ages 5-8)
Dates: February 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13 (2018)
Tuesdays 3:45 – 5:00 pm
Location:  Deyo Hall, 6 Broadhead Avenue, New Paltz
Price: $95/5 week session

View Event →
Tea Time with Author/Illustrator Barbara Bash
Jan
13
2:00 PM14:00

Tea Time with Author/Illustrator Barbara Bash

Author/illustrator Barbara Bash will talk about the process of creating her children's book on the Little Brown Bat, and how she became fascinated with this mysterious and often misunderstood creature. She will show images from her sketchbooks and do live illustrating.

Bash has written and illustrated a number of award winning books on natural history for children for Sierra Club and Greenwillow Books, among them Urban Roosts: Where Birds Nest in the City and In the Heart of the Village: The World of the Indian Banyan Tree.

$25 for adults
$20 for children under 13 years of age
$18 for children under 6 years of age

Click here to pre-order Bash’s book, Shadows of Night: The Hidden World of the Little Brown Bat, for pick-up at the event. Please be sure to select “Customer Pick-Up” at check-out. You may also purchase your very own Archie the Archives Bat plush toy for pick-up by clicking here.

For a chance to win your very own Archie the Archives Bat plush toy, we invite you to illustrate your own Huguenot Street mascot. All illustrations can be submitted at the event, during which we will announce the winner! (All who submit an illustration will receive a prize.)

The event will also include raffling of a Felicity Merriman American Girl® Doll. Single raffle tickets will be available for $3, 2 for $5, or 5 for $10.

This event will be catered by Main Course Catering. Tea will be provided by PositiviTeas, and guests can purchase their products at the event.

(Snow date: February 10)

View Event →
"Kasten from Mid-Hudson Valley Collections" Tour with Sanford Levy
Dec
16
2:00 PM14:00

"Kasten from Mid-Hudson Valley Collections" Tour with Sanford Levy

SOLD OUT

Take a special tour of the exhibition Kasten from Mid-Hudson Valley Collections, led by Sanford Levy.

Over a dozen American-made kasten from the HHS Permanent Collection and selected loans are featured in the Jean Hasbrouck House and the Abraham Hasbrouck House.

Although variations exist, the typical kast (plural kasten) is a large, free-standing cupboard or wardrobe with two paneled doors surmounted by an over-scaled, molded cornice. The cupboard usually sits on a base with a single drawer or drawers and ball-shaped feet. Some simpler versions made by country craftsmen feature cut-out or stylized feet and may or may not have drawers.

Historic Huguenot Street houses one of the largest collections of Hudson Valley kasten in the country. This focused exhibition gathers these unique cupboards from several prominent regional public and private collections, highlighting the historical uses, design, and construction of these important pieces of material culture.

Sanford Levy is currently Vice President of the Board of Trustees, Chair of the Collections Committee, and the owner of Jenkinstown Antiques, which he opened in 1974. Mr. Levy has a particular love and knowledge of items from the Hudson Valley, and is a well-known dealer in regional artists such as D.F. Hasbrouck, T. B. Pope, Michael Kelly, Joseph Tubby, and Julia Dillon. He also specializes in furniture from the Valley, including kasten and country pieces.

The tour will depart from the DuBois Fort at 2 pm.

Light refreshments will be served at the DuBois Fort following the tour.

General admission $20.
10% off for seniors, members of the armed service, and Friends of Historic Huguenot Street (those who have given more than $50 within the calendar year)

View Event →
"Living in Style" Tour with Collector George Way
Dec
9
2:00 PM14:00

"Living in Style" Tour with Collector George Way

Take a special tour of the exhibition Living in Style: Selections from the George Way Collection of Dutch Fine and Decorative Art, led by George Way. 

Featuring over 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. 

George Way has been a collector of fine Dutch 16th- and 17th-century furniture, paintings, and decorative arts for over fifty years. He began his collection as a teenager; today, it is recognized as one of the finest private collections of Dutch and English furniture, artifacts, and fine arts in the country. As one of America’s leading experts in 17th-century furniture, Mr. Way served as a consultant for Christie’s New York, and has made guest appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Today Show, among others. He was named one of the top 100 collectors in America by Art & Antiques for four consecutive years (1989–92).

The tour will depart from the DuBois Fort at 2 pm.

Light refreshments will be served at the DuBois Fort following the tour.

General admission $20.
10% off for seniors, members of the armed service, and Friends of Historic Huguenot Street (those who have given more than $50 within the calendar year)

View Event →
Community Tree Lighting
Dec
1
7:00 PM19:00

Community Tree Lighting

Join us for our annual Community Tree Lighting on the Deyo House lawn (74 Huguenot Street) and meet Santa and Mrs. Claus!

The Paper Lantern Light Parade kicks off at 6:45 pm, and the tree will be lit at 7:00 pm by Village Mayor Tim Rogers, Deputy Mayor KT Tobin, Town Supervisor Neil Bettez, and Deputy Supervisor Daniel Torres.

Paper lanterns will be available for purchase at the Museum Shop in the DuBois Fort (81 Huguenot Street).

Sponsored by The 1850 House Inn & TavernAmericas Best Value Inn of New Paltzthe DuBois Family Association, and Ulster Savings Bank

View Event →
A Holiday on Huguenot Street
Dec
1
to Dec 2

A Holiday on Huguenot Street

Join us December 1-2 to celebrate the season with Historic Huguenot Street and the Reformed Church of New Paltz.

Friday, December 1

3:30 pm    Holiday themed tours of the Abraham Hasbrouck House and the Deyo House begin. Tours depart from the DuBois Fort Visitor Center (81 Huguenot Street) every hour on the half hour, with the last tour beginning at 8:30 pm. Please note, there will be no 6:30 pm tour. Click here to register for a holiday tour.

4:00 pm    Pet and family portraits by Duetimage Photography in the Wullschleger Education Building (92 Huguenot Street) until 6:00 pm. All proceeds go to the Humane Society of Walden.

5:00 pm    Local at Heart Cookie Walk in the DuBois Fort Visitor Center (81 Huguenot Street) until 7:00 pm

5:00 pm    Reformed Church's Craft Fair in the Wullschleger Education Building (92 Huguenot Street) until 8:00 pm

6:00 pm    Reformed Church's Soup on the Stoop on the steps of the Church (92 Huguenot Street)

6:45 pm    Paper Lantern Parade down Huguenot Street (paper lanterns will be available for purchase at the Museum Shop in the DuBois Fort)

7:00 pm    Historic Huguenot Street Community Tree Lighting on the Deyo House lawn (74 Huguenot Street) with Village Mayor Tim Rogers, Deputy Mayor KT Tobin, Town Supervisor Neil Bettez, and Deputy Supervisor Dan Torres

7:15 pm    Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus on the Deyo House porch

7:45 pm    Uptown Lowdown Swing performance outside the Reformed Church (92 Huguenot Street)

8:00 pm    Big Blue Big Band free holiday concert at the Reformed Church (92 Huguenot Street)

Saturday, December 2

9:00 am    Reformed Church's Craft Fair in the Wullschleger Education Building (92 Huguenot Street) until 2:00 pm

10:00 am    Holiday themed tours of the Abraham Hasbrouck House and the Deyo House begin. Tours depart from the DuBois Fort Visitor Center (81 Huguenot Street) every hour on the hour, with the last tour beginning at 3:00 pm. Click here to register for a holiday tour.

10:00 am    Local at Heart Cookie Walk across the street from the Roosa House Schoonmaker Library (88 Huguenot Street) until 3:00 pm

10:00 am    Pet and family portraits by Duetimage Photography in the Wullschleger Education Building (92 Huguenot Street) until 6:00 pm. All proceeds go to the Humane Society of Walden.

10:00 am    Teddy bear building workshop in the Wullschleger Education Building (92 Huguenot Street) until 2:00 pm. $15 to participate.

10:30 am    Petting zoo with miniature donkeys outside the Wullschleger Education Building (92 Huguenot Street) until 12:30 pm

11:00 am    Petting zoo with goats, ducks, chickens, and homing pigeons, presented by members of our local 4-H Club at the DuBois Fort Visitor Center (81 Huguenot Street)

11:00 am    Meet and greet with a family of sheep outside the Bevier-Elting House (84 Huguenot Street)

11:00 am    Reformed Church's Christmas Café in the Social Hall (92 Huguenot Street) until 2:00 pm (Click here to view the menu.)

11:00 am    Horse-drawn wagon rides with caroling depart regularly from the DuBois Fort Visitor Center (81 Huguenot Street) until 2:00 pm ($5 per person, children 3 and under free)

Sponsored by The 1850 House Inn & TavernAmericas Best Value Inn of New Paltzthe DuBois Family Association, and Ulster Savings Bank. Special thanks to The Department of Theatre Arts at SUNY New Paltz for loaning period costumes to Historic Huguenot Street for this program.

View Event →
"Huguenot Cider: European Heritage in a Glass," a talk and tasting with Tim Dressel
Nov
18
4:00 PM16:00

"Huguenot Cider: European Heritage in a Glass," a talk and tasting with Tim Dressel

Join us for a talk and hard cider tasting with Tim Dressel of Dressel Farms and Kettleborough Cider House. The Dressel family has been growing apples in New Paltz for four generations, beginning with Tim's great grandfather Fred Dressel in 1923. In 2017, Kettleborough Cider House released Huguenot Cider, its first cider made exclusively from heirloom apple varieties. More than 20 Old World and American apple varieties are blended together to create the rustic, farmhouse-style cider.

Made in a French style, Huguenot Cider is created using a long, slow fermentation employing only natural wild yeast. The distinctive cider is non-sparkling, unfiltered, and hand-bottled. The tannic Old World fruit impart a complex flavor and body that is impossible to accomplish with modern "dessert" apples.

When most people think of French agriculture, the obvious association is grapes and wine; but if you travel to the Normandy region in the northwest part of the country you won't find grapes - you'll find apples. While French cider doesn't command the pomp and grandeur that French wine enjoys, its traditions and quality are just as impressive.  When French settlers found their way to the Hudson Valley, they brought their cider with them.  Huguenot Cider celebrates this heritage using heirloom European apple varieties and French cider-making techniques.  This lecture will present a detailed explanation of cider-making traditions and show how the recent hard cider resurgence is reviving these ancient practices.

Guests must be 21 and over with ID to participate in the tasting. 

View Event →
Behind the Scenes, in partnership with Greater Hudson Heritage Network (GHHN)
Nov
17
5:30 PM17:30

Behind the Scenes, in partnership with Greater Hudson Heritage Network (GHHN)

Historic Huguenot Street staff members will present their experiences and lessons learned through the 2016-17 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections project. The project involved working with preservation experts Michael C. Henry and Richard Kerschner to explore practical ways to improve environmental climate for both historic houses and the collections displayed within, while reducing reliance on non-renewable fossil fuels and cutting their associated costs through the implementation of passive and other sustainable methods appropriate to the historic structures. The presentation will also include HHS's implementation of eClimateNotebook and other upgrades to environmental monitoring.  The event will include tours of the Jean Hasbrouck House and the Bevier-Elting House. The reception will be held at the DuBois Fort Visitor Center.

Space is limited. Registration is $15.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this presentation do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 
neh_logo_horizlarge.jpg
 
View Event →
"Kasten from Mid-Hudson Valley Collections" Tour with Sanford Levy
Nov
9
3:00 PM15:00

"Kasten from Mid-Hudson Valley Collections" Tour with Sanford Levy

Take a special tour of the exhibition Kasten from Mid-Hudson Valley Collections, led by Sanford Levy.

Over a dozen American-made kasten from the HHS Permanent Collection and selected loans are featured in the Jean Hasbrouck House and the Abraham Hasbrouck House.

Although variations exist, the typical kast (plural kasten) is a large, free-standing cupboard or wardrobe with two paneled doors surmounted by an over-scaled, molded cornice. The cupboard usually sits on a base with a single drawer or drawers and ball-shaped feet. Some simpler versions made by country craftsmen feature cut-out or stylized feet and may or may not have drawers.

Historic Huguenot Street houses one of the largest collections of Hudson Valley kasten in the country. This focused exhibition gathers these unique cupboards from several prominent regional public and private collections, highlighting the historical uses, design, and construction of these important pieces of material culture.

Sanford Levy is currently Vice President of the Board of Trustees, Chair of the Collections Committee, and the owner of Jenkinstown Antiques, which he opened in 1974. Mr. Levy has a particular love and knowledge of items from the Hudson Valley, and is a well-known dealer in regional artists such as D.F. Hasbrouck, T. B. Pope, Michael Kelly, Joseph Tubby, and Julia Dillon. He also specializes in furniture from the Valley, including kasten and country pieces.

The tour will depart from the DuBois Fort at 3 pm.

Light refreshments will be served at the DuBois Fort following the tour.

General admission $20.
10% off for seniors, members of the armed service, and Friends of Historic Huguenot Street (those who have given more than $50 within the calendar year)

Tours are also available on Saturday, December 16, at 2 pm.

View Event →
In Her Words: A Women's History Tour
Nov
5
11:00 AM11:00

In Her Words: A Women's History Tour

In honor of the 2017 centennial of the ratification of women’s suffrage in New York, Historic Huguenot Street has developed “In Her Words,” a monthly women’s history tour. The tour begins at 11 am at the DuBois Fort Visitor Center.

Developed by HHS’ 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. 

This is the last offering of the "In Her Words" tour this year.

View Event →
"Living in Style" Tour with Collector George Way
Nov
4
4:00 PM16:00

"Living in Style" Tour with Collector George Way

Take a special tour of the exhibition Living in Style: Selections from the George Way Collection of Dutch Fine and Decorative Art, led by George Way. 

Featuring over 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. 

George Way has been a collector of fine Dutch 16th- and 17th-century furniture, paintings, and decorative arts for over fifty years. He began his collection as a teenager; today, it is recognized as one of the finest private collections of Dutch and English furniture, artifacts, and fine arts in the country. As one of America’s leading experts in 17th-century furniture, Mr. Way served as a consultant for Christie’s New York, and has made guest appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Today Show, among others. He was named one of the top 100 collectors in America by Art & Antiques for four consecutive years (1989–92).

The tour will depart from the DuBois Fort at 4 pm.

Light refreshments will be served at the DuBois Fort following the tour.

General admission $20.
10% off for seniors, members of the armed service, and Friends of Historic Huguenot Street (those who have given more than $50 within the calendar year)

The tour is also available on Saturday, December 9, at 2 pm.

View Event →
Trick-or-Treat on Huguenot Street
Oct
31
4:00 PM16:00

Trick-or-Treat on Huguenot Street

Following three 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 4 pm to 6 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 Americas Best Value Inn of New Paltz, the DuBois Family Association, and Ulster Savings Bank

View Event →
Haunted Huguenot Street
Oct
27
to Oct 28

Haunted Huguenot Street

  • Historic Huguenot Street (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Historic Huguenot Street's 2017 Haunted Huguenot Street tours will feature the mysterious history of New Paltz, including the hauntings, legends, and evolution of spiritualism through the ages. The tours will take guests through four historic structures and the burial ground. Come hear centuries-old Lenape legends in the replica Esopus Munsee Native American wigwam, meet past residents of Huguenot Street who experienced paranormal activity in their homes, learn about the rise of spiritualism and séances, and witness the fixation with the “Mysterious Talking Board” that mystified the country in the 19th and 20th centuries. Haunted Huguenot Street tours will begin Friday, October 13th, and run from 5pm-9pm every Friday and Saturday through the end of October.

View Event →
Haunted Huguenot Street
Oct
20
to Oct 21

Haunted Huguenot Street

  • Historic Huguenot Street (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Historic Huguenot Street's 2017 Haunted Huguenot Street tours will feature the mysterious history of New Paltz, including the hauntings, legends, and evolution of spiritualism through the ages. The tours will take guests through four historic structures and the burial ground. Come hear centuries-old Lenape legends in the replica Esopus Munsee Native American wigwam, meet past residents of Huguenot Street who experienced paranormal activity in their homes, learn about the rise of spiritualism and séances, and witness the fixation with the “Mysterious Talking Board” that mystified the country in the 19th and 20th centuries. Haunted Huguenot Street tours will begin Friday, October 13th, and run from 5pm-9pm every Friday and Saturday through the end of October.

View Event →
"Kasten from Mid-Hudson Valley Collections" Tour with Sanford Levy
Oct
14
3:00 PM15:00

"Kasten from Mid-Hudson Valley Collections" Tour with Sanford Levy

Take a special tour of the exhibition Kasten from Mid-Hudson Valley Collections, led by Sanford Levy.

Over a dozen American-made kasten from the HHS Permanent Collection and selected loans are featured in the Jean Hasbrouck House and the Abraham Hasbrouck House.

Although variations exist, the typical kast (plural kasten) is a large, free-standing cupboard or wardrobe with two paneled doors surmounted by an over-scaled, molded cornice. The cupboard usually sits on a base with a single drawer or drawers and ball-shaped feet. Some simpler versions made by country craftsmen feature cut-out or stylized feet and may or may not have drawers.

Historic Huguenot Street houses one of the largest collections of Hudson Valley kasten in the country. This focused exhibition gathers these unique cupboards from several prominent regional public and private collections, highlighting the historical uses, design, and construction of these important pieces of material culture.

Sanford Levy is currently Vice President of the Board of Trustees, Chair of the Collections Committee, and the owner of Jenkinstown Antiques, which he opened in 1974. Mr. Levy has a particular love and knowledge of items from the Hudson Valley, and is a well-known dealer in regional artists such as D.F. Hasbrouck, T. B. Pope, Michael Kelly, Joseph Tubby, and Julia Dillon. He also specializes in furniture from the Valley, including kasten and country pieces.

The tour will depart from the DuBois Fort at 3 pm.

Light refreshments will be served at the DuBois Fort following the tour.

General admission $20.
10% off for seniors, members of the armed service, and Friends of Historic Huguenot Street (those who have given more than $50 within the calendar year)

View Event →
Haunted Huguenot Street
Oct
13
to Oct 14

Haunted Huguenot Street

  • Historic Huguenot Street (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Historic Huguenot Street's 2017 Haunted Huguenot Street tours will feature the mysterious history of New Paltz, including the hauntings, legends, and evolution of spiritualism through the ages. The tours will take guests through four historic structures and the burial ground. Come hear centuries-old Lenape legends in the replica Esopus Munsee Native American wigwam, meet past residents of Huguenot Street who experienced paranormal activity in their homes, learn about the rise of spiritualism and séances, and witness the fixation with the “Mysterious Talking Board” that mystified the country in the 19th and 20th centuries. Haunted Huguenot Street tours will begin Friday, October 13th, and run from 5pm-9pm every Friday and Saturday through the end of October.

View Event →
In Her Words: A Women's History Tour
Oct
8
11:00 AM11:00

In Her Words: A Women's History Tour

In honor of the 2017 centennial of the ratification of women’s suffrage in New York, Historic Huguenot Street has developed “In Her Words,” a monthly women’s history tour. The tour begins at 11 am at the DuBois Fort Visitor Center.

Developed by HHS’ 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. 

View Event →