Inaugural Spring Celebration to Honor the Munsee Native Americans

Saturday, April 29th, 5-7:00 pm
DuBois Fort Visitor Center | 81 Huguenot Street | New Paltz, New York

Watercolor by Josephine Bloodgood

Watercolor by Josephine Bloodgood

Join us on April 29th for our inaugural Spring Celebration and immerse yourself in the history and culture of the Munsee, the first people of the Hudson Valley! The event will honor the Esopus Munsee and commemorate the 340th anniversary of the signing of the 1677 land agreement between the Esopus Munsee and the Huguenot refugees who established the New Paltz Patent. The evening will feature a variety of opportunities that highlight both Historic Huguenot Street’s efforts at preserving Esopus Munsee history and culture and its long term partnership with the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Nation. The event will culminate in a presentation by Ms. Bonney Hartley, Stockbridge-Munsee Tribal Historic Preservation Officer and a member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Nation.

Experience the authentically constructed replica Wigwam

Guests will have the exclusive opportunity to preview and engage with an authentically-constructed replica wigwam currently being built on site with locally sourced materials. Barry Keegan, Munsee Native American crafts expert and museum consultant, will be on hand to talk about its construction, and to utilize the wigwam—along with his replicas of bows, arrows, axes, dugout canoes, fire-making tools, and pottery—to recreate Esopus Munsee culture and life as it would have existed in the region at the time of the Agreement.

Discover the History and Culture of the Espous Munsee

In further recognition of this momentous year, Historic Huguenot Street will display the original 1677 manuscript carrying the marks of the five Esopus signers, their twenty-three Sachem witnesses, along with the signatures of the twelve Huguenot patentees and their sixteen witnesses, as well as Sir Edmund Andros, Governor of New York. The accompanying exhibition will showcase Esopus Munsee artifacts found during the Museum’s decades-long archaeological study conducted in partnership with the State University of New York College at New Paltz, and led by Anthropologist Dr. Joseph Diamond.

We are grateful to our sponsors listed below and invite you to join them. To register or become a sponsor for this event, please complete this form. Individual admission is $50; sponsorships range from $500 to $5,000. If you prefer to register by phone, or for questions about sponsorship call Shane Stuart at (845) 255-1660 x 103.

Hors d’oeuvres, wine, and other beverages will be served. Parking will be available in the lots on Broadhead Avenue around the corner from the DuBois Fort and guests will be able to check in at the event. We look forward to seeing you!

Event Chairs
Marianne Murray & Richard Rowley
James & Mary Ottaway
Mary Etta Schneider

Event Co-Chair
Stephen P. Lumb

Event Vice Chair
Drs. Thomas & Corinne Nyquist

Committee Sponsors
Dr. Donald P. Christian & Sandra K. Christian
G. Angela Henry
Dr. James & Linda Merrell
Vals Osbourne & José Moreno-Lacalle