NEWS RELEASE: Old Fort History Club Event July 16 Explores Archaeology and French Traditions; Open to New Members

NEW PALTZ, NY (July 8, 2016) – On Saturday, July 16, Historic Huguenot Street will host the second monthly gathering of the recently launched Old Fort History Club. The Old Fort History Club offers regular opportunities for club members to join together at the historic DuBois Fort – formerly the Old Fort Restaurant – and enjoy camaraderie, food, drink, and entertainment. This month’s event will feature French-inspired cuisine, catered by Chef Jordan Schor of End Cut. Brooklyn Cider House will offer cider tastings and have bottles available for purchase. Guests will also have the opportunity to speak with HHS staff members about the extensive archaeological discoveries on the street and how they inform our understanding and interpretation of past cultures.

“Last month’s Old Fort History Club launch with Pfälzerbräu gave us an opportunity to explore the German influences on the original New Paltz settlement,” said Kara Gaffken, Director of Public Programming. “This month’s event will give club members a chance to embrace the Huguenots’ French roots via Chef Schor’s offerings, and to explore some of the archaeological excavations that have been conducted on the site over the years, revealing a multi-cultural past.”

Existing members may attend for $15 and register at

Those who join Old Fort History Club as new members for $25 will receive complimentary admission to this event, which will take place from 6 – 8 pm at the DuBois Fort (81 Huguenot Street). Those interested may register as new members at Club membership grants access to upcoming club events for one year. Future events will include special food and beverage tastings, music, talks, and other forms of entertainment.

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
Communications & Marketing Manager
(845) 255-1660