NEWS RELEASE: Historic Huguenot Street Announces Local History Lecture Series With Ulster County Historian Anne Gordon

NEW PALTZ, NY (January 23, 2015) – Historic Huguenot Street has announced its first events of the new year: a three-part lecture series with Ulster County Historian Anne Gordon. A resident of the Hudson Valley for over 30 years, Gordon has been the Ulster County Historian for seven years and was recently named a New York Registered Public Historian. Her background in library and archival work for the City of New York and her experience in local government have been important in her work.

 The lecture series will kick off on Saturday, February 7, at 4 pm in Deyo Hall (6 Broadhead Avenue, New Paltz). In honor of Black History Month, this first lecture – entitled “From Isabella to Sojourner: A Slave in Ulster County” – will focus on the life of local abolitionist hero Sojourner Truth, from a childhood in slavery to her bold step into freedom.

 One month later, at 4 pm on Saturday, March 7, Gordon will present "Dutch to English: Changes in the Lives of Women in the 17th Century.” In honor of Women’s History Month, this lecture will explore how women were impacted by the change from Dutch to English rule in the colonial era.

 The third and final installment of the lecture series will take place at 4 pm on Saturday, April 4, the opening of Historic Huguenot Street’s tour season. For “The Hasbrouck Family & Abraham Bruyn Hasbrouck of Kingston,” Gordon will be joined by Historic Huguenot Street’s Consulting Historian A.J. Schenkman. The two will co-present a lecture on the Abraham Hasbrouck family, with special attention paid to the life of A. B. Hasbrouck.

All lectures will take place at Deyo Hall (6 Broadhead Avenue, New Paltz).
Members $5; seniors and military $7. $10 general admission.

A National Historic Landmark District, Historic Huguenot Street is a 501(c)3 non-profit that encompasses 30 buildings across 10 acres that was the heart of the original 1678 settlement, including seven stone houses that date to the early eighteenth century.  It was founded in 1894 as the Huguenot Patriotic, Historical, and Monumental Society to preserve their French and Dutch heritage.  Since then, Historic Huguenot Street has grown into an innovative museum, chartered as an educational corporation by the University of the State of New York, that is dedicated to protecting our historic buildings, conserving an important collection of artifacts and manuscripts, and promoting the stories of the Huguenot Street families, from the sixteenth century to today. 


Kaitlin Gallucci
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