The Library at Historic Huguenot Street is named for the Schoonmaker family, one of the earliest Dutch families in what is now New York’s Mid-Hudson Valley. The Schoonmaker family has long ties to the Huguenot founders of New Paltz.
The Library is a research facility devoted primarily to the history and genealogy of the European settlers of the Hudson Valley—people from the low countries of Europe, including French-speaking and Dutch families. The Library also functions as a general repository for local history, regardless of ethnicity or religious practice. Our collections consist of family genealogies, church, cemetery and bible records, wills and deeds, census records, genealogical periodicals, county histories and publications relating to Huguenot, Walloon, and Dutch ancestry.
In addition to our Library, Historic Huguenot Street is fortunate to have an excellent archival collection, thanks to the forward-thinking nature of generations before us and the generosity of descendants and others interested in history. Our Archives, like our Library, focus on the history and genealogy of the settlers of the Hudson Valley.