Historic Huguenot Street Collections


Explore portions of the permanent collection, including pieces relating to African American history, Native Americans in the Hudson Valley, the Civil War, historic clothing and textiles, colonial manuscripts, and more.


Thanks to a partnership with Southeastern New York Library Resources Council, Historic Huguenot Street is able to exhibit a growing number of our collections online at NYHeritage.org. HHS online exhibits may be viewed through Hudson Valley Heritage Network through links below.

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Kasten from Mid-Hudson Valley Collections

Kasten from Mid-Hudson Valley Collections features over one dozen 18th-century American cupboards. Based on a furniture form popular in the Netherlands, kasten were adapted in the Hudson Valley for over a century. Although variations exist, the typical kast (plural kasten) is a large, free-standing cupboard with two paneled doors surmounted by an over-scaled 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.


Object of the Week

Our blog featuring objects from the Historic Huguenot Street Collections, curated by Collections interns.


The Colonial Manuscript Collection

The archives at Historic Huguenot Street contain wills, legal papers, letters, receipts and additional documents dating back to the mid 1600s.  They are an excellent resource for those seeking to learn more about the earliest years of an immigrant community such as New Paltz. Viewed together, these documents also offer a window into colonial New York.


I Regret to Inform You: The Civil War Letters of Johannes Lefevre

This collection of letters reveals the story of young Civil War soldier Johannes Lefevre. While mustered in with the 156th New York Volunteer Army, Johannes fights in many battles including the famous Battle of Winchester. His letters cover many topics, from concern for girls to discussion of camp life and the horrors of war.

The Missing Chapter: Untold Stories of the African American Presence in the Mid-Hudson Valley

This online exhibit contains images of historic documents and descriptive text concerning the African American presence in the Mid-Hudson Valley. Images include historic photographs, bills of sale, last wills of testament, estate inventories, runaway slave notices, court cases, slave laws, journals, ledgers, and correspondences.

Browse the Before Hudson: 8000 years of Native American History and Culture

This exhibit illustrates the history of the people living in this area prior to European contact. Based on archaeological finds from Historic Huguenot Street, this exhibit demonstrates that the history of this area did not start with Henry Hudson. Rather that for thousands of years prior to "discovery", the people who inhabited this land had a developed, fascinating culture. More than eighty projectile points, pottery fragments, trade beads and other artifacts have been unearthed and cataloged into the collection at Historic Huguenot Street.

Binary Visions: 19th-Century Woven Coverlets from the Collection of Historic Huguenot Street

This online exhibit builds upon the exhibition entitled, Binary Visions: 19th-Century Woven Coverlets from the Collection of Historic Huguenot Street, a collaboration between the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at the State University of New York at New Paltz and Historic Huguenot Street. Featured here is a selection of 19th century woven coverlets, along with photographs and historical documents from the Permanent Collection of Historic Huguenot Street, that provides additional information about woven coverlets and carpet weaving.

Education in a Valley Fair

This exhibit explores the growth of education in the New Paltz area from the early Huguenot days through the twentieth century. It is a collaborate effort of the Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection at Elting Library, Historic Huguenot Street and the Sojourner Truth Library at the State University of New York at New Paltz, and is based on materials from their respective collections.

A Notion to Sew: The 19th century Needlework of Hylah Hasbrouck and Her Daughters at Locust Lawn

Locust Lawn, a sprawling farm complex featuring the Federal era house of Josiah Hasbrouck, became the home of Levi and Hylah Hasbrouck and their five children. Using photographs, letters and other archival materials, this exhibit examines a group of talented and energetic women whose family history goes back to the earliest days of settlement in New Paltz and offers viewers a glimpse of their handiwork.


Around the Table: Early Cooking in the Hudson Valley

In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the kitchen was not only the physical center of the household, but also the social center of the home. The hearth was used for warmth, cooking and as a place for the older generation to teach skills to the younger generation. Food served as the bond between family, friends, and neighbors making it’s preparation very important.

As the Seasons Turn: A Greeting Card Collection

As the Seasons Turn is an exhibit of greeting cards from the late 19th to early 20th century, a collaboration between Historic Huguenot Street and Locust Lawn Farm, owned by Locust Grove. The collection contains Valentines, Easter, Christmas, New Years, and Birthday cards along with gift calendars, most of which were donated by Annette Innis Young. Several of the greeting cards are addressed to members of the Hasbrouck, Innis, and Young families, with their original envelops and personal notes from the sender. The exhibit also includes four handmade Valentines, from the Dingman family and from the personal collection of Hitchock-Kelley Family and Mary Etta Schneider. The HHS and Locust Lawn Farm greeting card collection contains over 400 cards – a selection has been chosen for this exhibit.