NEWS RELEASE: Historic Huguenot Street Awards $16,500 in 2016 Scholarships, A New High For the Museum

NEW PALTZ, NY (January 16, 2016) – As a demonstration of its ongoing commitment to academic achievement, Historic Huguenot Street is pleased to announce the 12 recipients of a total of $16,500 in scholarships for 2016 - a new high for the museum. In collaboration with the Hasbrouck Family Association, Historic Huguenot Street has now provided over $150,000 to further the education of more than 100 undergraduate and graduate students across the country since 1998. The organization has increased its level of support in the last three years, averaging approximately $15,000 annually in academic gifts.

Five different funds provide support for scholarly work in fields related to Historic Huguenot Street’s mission, including historic preservation, art history, architecture, and historic anthropology. Scholarship candidates are reviewed and recipients are selected by the Historic Huguenot Street Scholarship Committee, chaired by Dr. James Merrell, Professor of History at Vassar College, and Dr. Louis Roper, Professor of History at SUNY New Paltz. In addition to Dr. Merrell and Dr. Roper, the Committee includes Hasbrouck Family Association Vice President Robert Freehill.

“Historic Huguenot Street is committed to maintaining the tradition of its Huguenot founders by supporting higher education, and we are proud to have been able to award record-setting funds this year,” said Dr. Merrell.

The 2016 recipients are: Louis Peter LeFevre Argo, Colgate University (Physics); Robert Brandell, St. Lawrence University (Environmental Studies & Economics); Mariah Mackinnon Dawson, Middlebury College (Molecular Biology & Biochemistry); Andrew Dopp, Rutgers University (Biochemical Engineering); Drew Hasbrouck, Northeastern University (Electrical Engineering); Melody Ruth Hasbrouck, University of Southern Maine (Music Education); Elizabeth Hundley, Appalachian State University (Interior Design); Lauren Kirchner, SUNY Fredonia (Music Education); Kai Kraus, Gallaudet University (MA, Disability Studies/Deaf Studies/Medical Anthropology); Tisa Loewen, New York University (MA, Anthropology & Bioarchaeology); Colin Price, University of Vermont (Psychology); and Raphael Sacks, Dartmouth College (Economics).

Information about the scholarships provided by Historic Huguenot Street is available at

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


Kaitlin Gallucci
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