In Her Words: A Women's History Tour
Aug
19
11:00am11:00am

In Her Words: A Women's History Tour

In honor of the 2017 centennial of the ratification of women’s suffrage in New York, Historic Huguenot Street has developed “In Her Words,” a monthly women’s history tour. The tour begins at 11 am at the DuBois Fort Visitor Center.

Developed by HHS’ Public Programming department with the assistance of SUNY New Paltz intern Allison Surgeary, the tour will follow the lives and stories of several women who played a role in local history. Visitors will be guided through four historic buildings and have the opportunity to discover figures from the past through a combination of factual, historical information and cleverly composed monologues written and recorded by HHS staff and volunteers. 

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In Her Words: A Women's History Tour
Sep
10
2:00pm 2:00pm

In Her Words: A Women's History Tour

In honor of the 2017 centennial of the ratification of women’s suffrage in New York, Historic Huguenot Street has developed “In Her Words,” a monthly women’s history tour. The tour begins at 11 am at the DuBois Fort Visitor Center.

Developed by HHS’ Public Programming department with the assistance of SUNY New Paltz intern Allison Surgeary, the tour will follow the lives and stories of several women who played a role in local history. Visitors will be guided through four historic buildings and have the opportunity to discover figures from the past through a combination of factual, historical information and cleverly composed monologues written and recorded by HHS staff and volunteers. 

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Reclaiming Our Time (A Live Performance by TMI Project)
Sep
16
7:30pm 7:30pm

Reclaiming Our Time (A Live Performance by TMI Project)

Historic Huguenot Street, in partnership with The Slave Dwelling Project, invited TMI Project to participate in an overnight stay in one of the site’s historic slave cellars on June 17, 2017.TMI Project writers will share the stories and monologues they crafted following this transformative experience at a performance titled “Reclaiming Our Time” on Saturday, September 16.

Terry James, living historian and Board Member of The Slave Dwelling Project, spent the night in a Huguenot Street cellar with writers from TMI Project’s #BlackStoriesMatter program, which seeks to raise awareness of and inspire people to take action around issues of inequality and injustice through true storytelling. This was The Slave Dwelling Project’s second overnight at Historic Huguenot Street, which is one of only two New York State dwellings the organization has visited, and the only one in the Hudson Valley.

TMI Project focuses the spotlight on stories told by people from marginalized populations, humanizing issues that are often overlooked by mainstream media. Beginning on June 16, six participating writers began a series of 10 workshops, the first of which included an introduction to Historic Huguenot Street and a discussion of expectations for the overnight. Writers also participated in workshops with Mr. James both before and immediately following the experience to explore the significance and purpose of the overnight visit.

“What an indescribable shared experience,” said Eva Tenuto, Co-founder and Executive Director of TMI Project. “We all left with a mind full of horrid details, heightened awareness, and a deepened connection to the past, and to each other. TMI Project remains grateful for the rare opportunity to capture the stories inspired by our stay in the cellar, where enslaved Africans were forced to reside.”

Through TMI Project’s workshops, participants are offered specific guidance for creating compelling stories, guided writing prompts, brainstorming sessions, feedback during monologue development, and editing of their final works. Their groundbreaking stories will be performed at the Reformed Church of New Paltz at 92 Historic Huguenot Street on Saturday, September 16, at 7:30 pm. General admission is $10, and registration is available at huguenotstreet.org/tmi.

Sponsored by a Humanities New York Action Grant, the DuBois Family Association, and the Reformed Church of New Paltz.

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Second Annual Fall Harvest Celebration
Sep
30
6:00pm 6:00pm

Second Annual Fall Harvest Celebration

Join us and make some history during an evening of dinner and drinks at Historic Huguenot Street’s annual Fall Harvest Celebration. As we celebrate another fantastic year on Huguenot Street the evening will open of a special exhibition of a late 17th-century Dutch period room in the Jean Hasbrouck House! Featuring the renowned collection of George Way, the exhibition explores the world of the New Netherlands colony and opens doors to the enduring influence of Dutch heritage in the Hudson Valley.

The event will be held from 6:00 - 9:30 pm and will open with a reception at the DuBois Fort Visitor Center. During this cocktail hour, you will be able to experience the Dutch period room intimately, meet the curator, and enjoy live music with a selection of farm-fresh hors d’oeuvres.

Following the reception, you will cross the Huguenot Street for a farm-to-table dinner with wine under an illuminated tent on the sweeping lawn of the Deyo House. There, you will enjoy a seasonal three course meal highlighting the agricultural roots of the Hudson Valley. An accompanying program will celebrate our shared accomplishments in protecting this one-of-a-kind historic site and raise money for our vital education and preservation mission!  

Throughout the evening, you will have ample opportunity to enjoy the historic grounds of our beloved National Historic Landmark District and experience what makes Historic Huguenot Street an international treasure. Your support makes the difference and we could not protect these architectural masterpieces or the histories they house without it! Thank you for all of your support and we look forward to seeing you at our Fall Harvest Celebration!

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In Her Words: A Women's History Tour
Oct
8
11:00am11:00am

In Her Words: A Women's History Tour

In honor of the 2017 centennial of the ratification of women’s suffrage in New York, Historic Huguenot Street has developed “In Her Words,” a monthly women’s history tour. The tour begins at 11 am at the DuBois Fort Visitor Center.

Developed by HHS’ Public Programming department with the assistance of SUNY New Paltz intern Allison Surgeary, the tour will follow the lives and stories of several women who played a role in local history. Visitors will be guided through four historic buildings and have the opportunity to discover figures from the past through a combination of factual, historical information and cleverly composed monologues written and recorded by HHS staff and volunteers. 

This is the last offering of the "In Her Words" tour this year.

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5th Annual Artists on the Street
Aug
12
11:00am11:00am

5th Annual Artists on the Street

Historic Huguenot Street has announced the return of Artists on the Street, an all-day plein air event showcasing the talents of nearly 20 renowned Hudson Valley artists, including Kevin Cook, Daisy Deputhod, Carolyn Hutchings Edlund, Alan McKnight, Marlene Wiedenbaum, and others. The annual event takes place on the second Saturday in August each year, this year on August 12 from 11 am – 5 pm. It is an opportunity for the public to watch and engage with local artists as they work, creating paintings inspired by the landscape of the Huguenot Street National Historic Landmark District.

This year’s event has been expanded to celebrate a wider variety of arts and culture. Maps will be available denoting the location of each artist participating across the site. Ei’s Fries and The Flying Food Truck will be on site for guests’ enjoyment.

Muralist Eugene Stetz, most known in New Paltz for his mural on the corner of Main and North Chestnut Streets, will participate this year, creating a large work in spray paint. The 28-year-old self-taught painter has created about 70 large-scale murals all across the country, including a 30-foot mural at Rondout Valley High School, from which he graduated.

Local singer/songwriter Ciarra Fragale will perform her indie folk repertoire on the Deyo House lawn beginning at 1 pm, followed by singer/songwriter Patrick Collins at 2:30 pm. Writing songs since the age of 13, Fragale has played at venues all throughout the Hudson Valley and beyond, including the acclaimed Putnam Den in Saratoga Springs. Her full length debut album, Seasons, was released in April. Homegrown in the Hudson Valley, Collins is a former skateboarder who turned to music following an ankle injury. His album, Folks Forgotten, was released in 2016.

New Paltz Brewing Company (Pfälzerbräu) will be on site, serving its fresh handcrafted German-style lagers, specialized with old world European recipes, starting at noon. The brewery’s Hefeweizen, Rauchbier Amber Lager, and Grätzer beers have all won awards at the annual TAP® New York beer tasting competition.

At 4 pm, visitors are invited to an Artists’ Reception on the Deyo House lawn, during which many of the participating artists will have their works available for sale. Wine and light hors d’oeuvres will be served, and classical musician Eric Roth will perform on a 19th-century guitar. Roth’s interest in period instruments began at SUNY New Paltz, from which he graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance. In addition to music, Eric has worked as an archivist, historian, and grant writer, including as an Archivist and Executive Director at Historic Huguenot Street.

The all-day event will also feature face painting and an activities tent for children and families.

This event is free and open to the public, rain or shine, sponsored by Woodland Pond at New Paltz, Dawes Septic & Repair, and the DuBois Family Association.

 

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"Remember the Ladies: A History of American Women in Song" with Linda Russell
Aug
5
1:30pm 1:30pm

"Remember the Ladies: A History of American Women in Song" with Linda Russell

Historical balladeer Linda Russell will perform “A History of American Women in Song” in honor of the centennial of the ratification of women’s suffrage in New York. The concert will explore the role of women’s lives in society from the 18th century to the 19th Amendment, featuring broadsides, laments, murder ballads, love songs, parlor melodies, and suffrage anthems that reflect the changing status of women in society. Now is a critical time in our nation’s history to acknowledge women’s progress over the centuries and recognize that the protection of women’s rights remains a topical issue.

For 30 years, Russell has explored America's past through song. She served as 18th century balladeer at Federal Hall National Memorial in NYC, and her performances are in demand at historic sites, schools and community centers around the country. She has recorded eight albums of traditional and historical music. Russell has performed at Historic Huguenot Street a number of times, and her presentations never fail to be engaging, thoughtful, and informative.

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The Gathering
Aug
5
9:00am 9:00am

The Gathering

The Gathering, a celebration of the Huguenots and their descendants, will take place Saturday, August 5. This will be the third Gathering in recent years, following the inaugural event in 2010 and another in 2014. The event brings together individuals from all over the country who trace their heritage to the region, including descendants of New Paltz’s original 12 patentees – in fact, this year’s Gathering coincides with the 340th anniversary of the signing of the 1677 New Paltz patent. Special tours and programs are planned throughout the day for both attendees of The Gathering and the public.

The day will begin with a breakfast for guests of The Gathering, followed by meetings of the descendants’ family associations. Guests will also have the opportunity to take a regular guided tour of the street or the new “In Her Words” women’s history tour, which is offered to the public once a month through October. Descendants will also learn about the current roof restoration project at the Jean Hasbrouck House.

After lunch, at 1:30 pm, both guests of The Gathering and the public are invited to a performance by historical balladeer Linda Russell, entitled “American Women in Song,” in honor of the centennial of the ratification of women’s suffrage in New York. The concert will explore the role of women’s lives in society from the 18th century to the 19th Amendment, featuring broadsides, laments, murder ballads, love songs, parlor melodies, and suffrage anthems that reflect the changing status of women in society.

For 30 years, Russell has explored America's past through song and has recorded eight albums of traditional and historical music. She served as 18th century balladeer at Federal Hall National Memorial in NYC, and her performances are in demand at historic sites, schools and community centers around the country. Russell has performed at Historic Huguenot Street a number of times, and her presentations never fail to be engaging, thoughtful, and informative. To register for Russell’s performance, visit huguenotstreet.org/rsvp. Registration for the performance is included for guests of The Gathering.

Following the concert, The Gathering’s descendants can partake in a local cider tasting with Awestruck Ciders, a game of croquet, and tours of the historic site.

The Gathering is sponsored by the DuBois Family Association, Freihofer's Bakery Outlet, P&G's Restaurant & Bar, and ShopRite of New Paltz.

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Young Writers Program: Exploring New Paltz, Then & Now
Jul
24
to Jul 28

Young Writers Program: Exploring New Paltz, Then & Now

Led by the region's finest teachers, the Hudson Valley Writing Project offers children and teens unique learning experiences at local cultural and historic sites, nature preserves, and college campuses.

In one adventurous week, young writers ages 10 - 14 will tour historic stone houses, explore a wildlife sanctuary, and spend time on a working farm as they learn and write about the remarkably rich history of this land and its people.

Register at http://www.newpaltz.edu/hvwp/summercamps.

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In Her Words: A Women's History Tour
Jul
8
11:00am11:00am

In Her Words: A Women's History Tour

In honor of the 2017 centennial of the ratification of women’s suffrage in New York, Historic Huguenot Street has developed “In Her Words,” a monthly women’s history tour. The tour begins at 11 am at the DuBois Fort Visitor Center.

Developed by HHS’ Public Programming department with the assistance of SUNY New Paltz intern Allison Surgeary, the tour will follow the lives and stories of several women who played a role in local history. Visitors will be guided through four historic buildings and have the opportunity to discover figures from the past through a combination of factual, historical information and cleverly composed monologues written and recorded by HHS staff and volunteers. 

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New Paltz in the War for Independence
Jul
1
10:00am10:00am

New Paltz in the War for Independence

Historic Huguenot Street will host a Revolutionary War reenactment on Saturday, July 1, with members of The 5th New York Regiment (5thny.org) performing a number of demonstrations throughout the day. The original 5th New York Regiment included many soldiers from Orange and Ulster counties.

At the camp site, living historians will demonstrate marching and drilling, showing how arms at the time were handled and fired. An armament demonstration will display various types of muskets and weaponry while members of the regiment explain how they were used, fired, and maintained. Wedge-style tents and a dining “fly” as they would have been used during the Revolution will serve as the backdrop on the Huguenot Street grounds.

Additional demonstrations and displays will reveal aspects of civilian life, including candle making, blacksmithing, woodworking, musket ball and cartridge manufacturing, and colonial cooking. Children can participate in reenactment military drills and various colonial games. The reenactment is free and open to the public, rain or shine.

Guided house tours will be available on their regular hourly schedule throughout the day.

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In Her Words: A Women's History Tour
Jun
24
2:00pm 2:00pm

In Her Words: A Women's History Tour

In honor of the 2017 centennial of the ratification of women’s suffrage in New York, Historic Huguenot Street has developed “In Her Words,” a monthly women’s history tour. The tour begins at 2 pm at the DuBois Fort Visitor Center.

Developed by HHS’ Public Programming department with the assistance of SUNY New Paltz intern Allison Surgeary, the tour will follow the lives and stories of several women who played a role in local history. Visitors will be guided through four historic buildings and have the opportunity to discover figures from the past through a combination of factual, historical information and cleverly composed monologues written and recorded by HHS staff and volunteers. 

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Family Day: Free Admissions
Jun
18
10:00am10:00am

Family Day: Free Admissions

Enjoy free admissions to Historic Huguenot Street on June 18. This includes admissions into the historic house tours and exhibits. Bring a blanket and bagged lunch and have a picnic on our grounds. Enjoy a day with the family as you learn about the families who founded New Paltz.

This event is part of New York State's Path Through History Weekend.

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Juneteenth: A Celebration of African Culture, Music, and Cuisine
Jun
17
5:00pm 5:00pm

Juneteenth: A Celebration of African Culture, Music, and Cuisine

Join us on Saturday, June 17, on the DuBois Fort lawn for a celebration of African culture, music, and cuisine in honor of Juneteenth, or June 19, 1865, the day Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas, carrying news that the Civil War had ended and that the enslaved had been freed. 

This special event will be catered by Chef Brandon Walker, Culinary Institute of America graduate and owner of Essie’s Restaurant in Poughkeepsie. Chef Walker's cuisine takes inspiration from his American South and Caribbean heritage, and incorporates modern cooking techniques and local seasonal ingredients. He will be consulting with culinary historian Michael W. Twitty on the evening's menu. Author of The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African-American Culinary History in the Old South (HarperCollins, August 2017), Mr. Twitty is a food writer, independent scholar, and historical interpreter whose work preserves and promotes African American foodways, its parent traditions in Africa, and its legacy in the food culture of the American South.

Dynamic musician and storyteller Kim Harris will perform songs of joy, hope, and freedom, combining a strong folk and gospel legacy with classical, rock, and pop influences. Harris has earned wide acclaim for her contributions to the historical and educational knowledge base on the Underground Railroad and the modern civil rights movement. More than just a singer/songwriter, she is an educator, interpreter of history, and cultural advocate.

Terry James, Board Member of the Slave Dwelling Project, will speak about the meaning of Juneteenth while dressed in his reenactment uniform of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry, one of the first official African American units in the United States during the Civil War. As a living historian and member of the Slave Dwelling Project, James has slept, shackled, in over 40 slave dwellings to commemorate the enslaved ancestors who survived the Middle Passage, and to bring awareness to the existence of historic slave dwellings, their history, and their need for preservation.

Following the event, Mr. James will once again spend the night in a Huguenot Street slave cellar as he did in September 2016. This time, he will share the cellar with #BlackStoriesMatter writers from the TMI Project, a non-profit organization that offers transformative memoir and monologue writing workshops and performances that invite storytellers and audience members to explore new perspectives. Following their overnight stay on Huguenot Street, participants will engage in a series of 10 writing workshops to craft monologues inspired by their lives and their experience on Huguenot Street. They will perform these monologues publicly in the fall.

Sponsored by a Humanities New York Action Grant and The 1850 House Inn & Tavern.

This event is part of New York State's Path Through History Weekend.

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3rd Annual Cider Market
Jun
10
12:00pm12:00pm

3rd Annual Cider Market

As part of Cider Week Hudson Valley, Historic Huguenot Street will host its third annual hard cider market and tasting on Saturday, June 10. This year’s market will feature over a dozen New York State cideries, wineries, and breweries, plus food trucks, and live music from Blue Museum and the Liana Gabel Band. In addition to ciders, vendors will be selling other products from their orchards and farms as well, including fresh cut flowers, local apples, apple cider donuts, and more.

Participating vendors: Angry OrchardAwestruck CidersBrooklyn Cider House, Eve's Cidery, Glorie Farm WineryHardscrabble Cider, Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider, Kaneb OrchardsKettleborough Cider HouseNaked Flock Hard Cider, Pitchfork Hard CiderSundog CiderWarwick Valley Winery (including Black Dirt Distillery and Doc’s Hard Cider), and more.

There will also be a Hydration Station, donated by Binnewater.

Early Bird Registration (before May 31) $15*
General Admission (after May 31) $20
Designated Driver Admission $0

*Discount will be applied at checkout

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The First Highway: Huguenot Homesteads From New Paltz to Bontecoe
Jun
3
11:00am11:00am

The First Highway: Huguenot Homesteads From New Paltz to Bontecoe

The focus of this year's Wallkill Valley Land Trust (WVLT) House Tour is the town of New Paltz, coinciding with the year-long celebration of the WVLT's 30th Anniversary. The tour will explore the fascinating legacy of New Paltz’s Huguenots and their expansion northward along the eastern banks of the Wallkill River to Bontecoe on the Esopus border. The “Patentees”  - as the first dozen settlers were called – built their houses on the terrace above the Wallkill River where vistas sweep west to the Shawangunk Mountains. Their descendants moved beyond New Paltz to cultivate the rich alluvial soil of the floodplain.

The tour begins with a special program at Historic Huguenot Street. Also featured are seven of the town's important houses and farms from the early 18th century and the mid-20th. All were either built by Huguenot descendants or upon Huguenot lands. Included are early stone houses, a 1930s Federal-style stone dwelling, a stunning brick Greek revival beauty, a fanciful late 19th century manor house, and a soaring labrynthine barn converted for modern living. 

The closing reception will be held at a private farm on the Land Trust’s first easement.

Tickets: http://www.wallkillvalleylt.org/index.php/house-tour-2017
$45/ $40 for members by June 1; $50/ $45 members thereafter
Pick up tickets day of tour (only) 10:30am - 1:30pm at the Reformed Church, 92 Huguenot Street, New Paltz
Admission includes an informal reception and tasting of local wines at a private home, after the tour.

Proceeds benefit WVLT's land preservation efforts.

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In Her Words: A Women's History Tour
May
14
2:00pm 2:00pm

In Her Words: A Women's History Tour

In honor of the 2017 centennial of the ratification of women’s suffrage in New York, Historic Huguenot Street has developed “In Her Words,” a monthly women’s history tour. The tour begins at 2 pm at the DuBois Fort Visitor Center.

Developed by HHS’ Public Programming department with the assistance of SUNY New Paltz intern Allison Surgeary, the tour will follow the lives and stories of several women who played a role in local history. Visitors will be guided through four historic buildings and have the opportunity to discover figures from the past through a combination of factual, historical information and cleverly composed monologues written and recorded by HHS staff and volunteers. 

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Opening Day
May
6
10:00am10:00am

Opening Day

Historic Huguenot Street is constructing a replica Munsee Native American wigwam to celebrate the 340th anniversary of the signing of the 1677 land agreement between the Munsee Esopus sachems and the Huguenot Refugees.  The land agreement provided for the 12 Huguenot founders to “purchase” nearly 40,000 acres of land in the lower Wallkill Valley. The village that developed within the borders of this land is now known as New Paltz.

Native American crafts expert and museum consultant Barry Keegan has already begun authentically constructing the replica wigwam on the DuBois Fort lawn and using locally sourced materials.

The wigwam will become a part of HIstoric Huguenot Street's regular guided tours beginning Opening Day, May 6. Ninety minute tours of the site are offered hourly beginning at 10 am, with the last tour departing the DuBois Fort Visitor Center at 4 pm.

 

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In Her Words: A Women's History Tour
Apr
30
11:00am11:00am

In Her Words: A Women's History Tour

In honor of Women’s History Month and the centennial of the ratification of women’s suffrage in New York, Historic Huguenot Street has developed “In Her Words,” a monthly women’s history tour. The tour begins at 11 am at the DuBois Fort Visitor Center.

Developed by HHS’ Public Programming department with the assistance of SUNY New Paltz intern Allison Surgeary, the tour will follow the lives and stories of several women who played a role in local history. Visitors will be guided through four historic buildings and have the opportunity to discover figures from the past through a combination of factual, historical information and cleverly composed monologues written and recorded by HHS staff and volunteers. 

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Inaugural Spring Celebration to Honor the Munsee
Apr
29
5:00pm 5:00pm

Inaugural Spring Celebration to Honor the Munsee

The Event Chairs and Board of Historic Huguenot Street extend a warm invitation to our inaugural Spring Celebration in honor of the Munsee Native Americans. By the time of the Huguenots’ arrival, the Munsee had been living in the Hudson Valley, including the region that would become New Paltz, for more than a millennium.

Guests will be able to experience the wigwam being built on site to mark the 340th anniversary of the 1677 land agreement between the Munsee people and Huguenot settlers. Hors d’oeuvres, wine, and other beverages will be served.

To register, become a sponsor, or for all the latest details, please click here.

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Tea Time & Historic Story Hour
Apr
22
2:00pm 2:00pm

Tea Time & Historic Story Hour

Led by Jennifer Bruntil, HHS School Programming Coordinator, this year's "Tea Time" will focus on Native American stories. Dolls, teddy bears, and action figure friends are all invited to join in the fun.

Jennifer will read her new children's book Hugo the Huguenot and will sign guests' books.

Prior to the event, children are invited to write their own Munsee Girl story or poem from the perspective of Manveht and submit it one week before the event to be judged by HHS staff. Click here to learn more about Manveht and suggestions for writing.  Two winners (one from each age group, 7 to 9 and 10 to 12) will have their stories read aloud at the event and will take home a prize. Guests will also have the opportunity to enter a raffle and participate in Native American inspired crafts.

Sandwiches, sweets (gluten & gluten free), coffee, iced tea, and lemonade will be provided by Bridgecreek Catering. Tea will be provided by PositiviTeas and Herbal Infusions, and guests can purchase their products at the event. Copies of Hugo the Huguenot will also be available for purchase to be signed by the author. Make a PositiviTeas purchase to receive 10% off your purchase of Hugo the Huguenot.

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In Her Words: A Women's History Tour
Mar
25
2:00pm 2:00pm

In Her Words: A Women's History Tour

In honor of Women’s History Month and the centennial of the ratification of women’s suffrage in New York, Historic Huguenot Street has developed “In Her Words,” a women’s history tour launching Saturday, March 25, and running monthly through October. The tour will begin at 2 pm at the DuBois Fort Visitor Center.

Developed by HHS’ Public Programming department with the assistance of SUNY New Paltz intern Allison Surgeary, the tour will follow the lives and stories of several women who played a role in local history. Visitors will be guided through four historic buildings and have the opportunity to discover figures from the past through a combination of factual, historical information and cleverly composed monologues written and recorded by HHS staff and volunteers. 

Visitors will hear the stories of the Esopus women who signed the 1677 Indian Deed; Catherine Blanchan (1629 - 1713), one of the original New Paltz Huguenot settlers; enslaved Africans Rachel and Dinah; Wyntje Hasbrouck (1708 – 1787), a colonial woman who managed her own estate; Cornelia Markle VanWagenen (1775 – 1819), a widow who ran her own business in the early 1800s; Julia “Aunt Judy” Jackson (ca. 1800 – 1898), a freed slave; Eliza Varick Silvernail Ackert (1830 – 1916), the first female editor of the original New Paltz Times; Progressive-era artist Julia McEntee Dillon (1834 – 1919); and Mary Jane Snyder Freer (1862 – 1931), the first New Paltz woman to vote in 1918.

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"The History of the Hudson River Valley: From Wilderness to the Civil War," a talk & book signing with author Vernon Benjamin
Feb
18
2:00pm 2:00pm

"The History of the Hudson River Valley: From Wilderness to the Civil War," a talk & book signing with author Vernon Benjamin

On Saturday, February 18, at 2 pm, Historic Huguenot Street will host a talk and book signing with historian Vernon Benjamin, author of The History of the Hudson River Valley: From Wilderness to the Civil War.

Benjamin’s book chronicles the valley’s development from Native American homeland to revolutionary battlefield and beyond. After being settled by Europeans, the Hudson River Valley developed a vital colonial trading post in Manhattan while retaining the native beauty that inspired artists from James Fenimore Cooper to Thomas Cole. Wealth from Manhattan flowed north to the flourishing valley, creating a cultural renaissance of art, literature, and architecture.

Published in 2014, The History of the Hudson River Valley: From Wilderness to the Civil War was 20 years in the making. Benjamin recently followed up with the publication of The History of the Hudson River Valley: From the Civil War to Modern Times in 2016.

Benjamin has lectured on the history of the Hudson Valley at Marist College and Bard College since 2003. He holds a Master’s in Literature from Long Island University and a Bachelor’s in Sociology from Siena College. A former editor of the New Saugerties Times, he has written extensively on the Hudson Valley for various publications and has appeared on C-SPAN. He lives in Saugerties, NY.

Copies of Benjamin’s book will be available for sale at the event, which will take place at Deyo Hall (6 Broadhead Avenue) at 2 pm on February 18.

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"American Irony: Religious Freedom & Slavery in Colonial New Paltz and Newport, Rhode Island," a talk with Eric Roth and Keith Stokes
Feb
11
2:00pm 2:00pm

"American Irony: Religious Freedom & Slavery in Colonial New Paltz and Newport, Rhode Island," a talk with Eric Roth and Keith Stokes

On Saturday, February 11, at 2 pm, Historic Huguenot Street will host a talk with historians Eric Roth and Keith Stokes entitled “American Irony: Religious Freedom & Slavery in Colonial New Paltz and Newport, Rhode Island,” exploring the moral contradictions in early American settlements. Like early New Paltz, Newport served as a center for religious tolerance in colonial North America. However, those who sought religious freedom in these colonies ultimately prospered due to the enslavement of Africans.

The talk will include an overview of Roth’s paper “The Society of Negroes Unsettled: The History of Slavery in New Paltz, NY.” Roth has worked as an archivist, historian, and grant writer. He holds a Master’s Degree in Library Science from SUNY Albany and has worked for Historic Huguenot Street and SUNY Orange. Roth currently holds the position of Manager of Grants & Organizational Funding at Mohonk Preserve and teaches history at SUNY New Paltz.

Stokes will also discuss the tensions between religious, commercial, and government institutions as they debated abolition and freedom in the years leading up to the American Revolution, and the Newport African community’s rapid evolution from enslaved to free. A native of Newport, Stokes has served as a Rhode Island Advisor for the National Trust for Historic Preservation along with serving on numerous regional and national historic preservation boards. He is a founding partner and Vice President of the 1696 Heritage Group. An expert in early African and Jewish American history, he has received the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society’s Fredrick Williamson Award, the Daughters of the American Revolution Excellence in Community Service Award, and, with his wife, the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities Prize for Creative Achievement in the Humanities.

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Champagne & Shop
Dec
17
10:00am10:00am

Champagne & Shop

Enjoy complimentary champagne while finishing up your holiday shopping at the Museum Shop. Thank you for your patronage and support!

December 17-18 is the final weekend the Museum Shop will be open in 2016. All proceeds support Historic Huguenot Street.

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Champagne Reception with Collector George Way
Dec
10
4:30pm 4:30pm

Champagne Reception with Collector George Way

Closing reception for Marking the Occasion.

Collector George Way will be in attendance for this champagne reception to discuss the history and significance of the collection. The exhibit, which has been on display since September, centers around 17th- and 18th-century Dutch silver spoons. During the reception, guests will have the opportunity to handle the spoons and view them up-close.

This exhibit served as an opportunity for Historic Huguenot Street to celebrate the Dutch influence in the Hudson Valley, as the custom of giving spoons to mark births, deaths, and other occasions was carried on in New Netherland colony as well. The recently appointed Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Honorable Dolph Hogewoning, visited the exhibit in October.

A collector since the age of 15, Way’s interest quickly became a passion as he was drawn in to the golden age of Dutch culture. From a novice to a collector to a connoisseur, his collection has grown to become one of America's foremost collections of 16th- and 17th-century Dutch and English furniture, paintings and decorative objects. Way has appeared on Oprah and the Today Show and writes extensively on 17th century Dutch antiques and furniture.

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. The program will begin at the DuBois Fort (81 Huguenot Street) with a reception catered by Main Course at 4:30 pm. Existing members may attend for $20 and register at huguenotstreet.org/rsvp.

Those who join Old Fort History Club as new members for $25 will receive complimentary admission to this event. Those interested may register as new members at huguenotstreet.org/old-fort-history-club

The exhibit will remain on display at the DuBois Fort until December 18 during regular weekend hours.

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Community Tree Lighting
Dec
2
7:00pm 7:00pm

Community Tree Lighting

  • Historic Huguenot Street, Deyo House (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

At 6:45, the community will participate in a Paper Lantern Light Parade, beginning at the Reformed Church and proceeding to the Deyo House lawn for the tree lighting at 7 pm. Luminaries will line the street and paper lanterns will be available for purchase at the Museum Shop. Following the tree lighting, guests are welcome to take free photos with Santa on the Deyo House porch. This event is free and open to the public, and the street will be closed to vehicular traffic.

The Community Tree Lighting is a part of A Holiday on Huguenot Street, two days of holiday programming organized by Historic Huguenot Street and the Reformed Church of New Paltz,

Sponsored by Americas Best Value Inn of New PaltzThe 1850 House Inn & TavernThe Accounting Offices of Tom Fucito CPA, P.C., and Ulster Savings Bank.

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"Behind Closed Doors: A Peek in Our Bedrooms" with Sandy Levy
Nov
19
5:00pm 5:00pm

"Behind Closed Doors: A Peek in Our Bedrooms" with Sandy Levy

An Old Fort History Club event. 

On Saturday, November 19, Historic Huguenot Street will host a special tour of the Deyo House led by Board Vice Chair, Collections Committee Chair, and owner of Jenkinstown Antiques, Sanford Levy. Mr. Levy’s tour, entitled “Behind Closed Doors: A Peek in Our Bedrooms,” will bring guests into the three upstairs bedrooms in the Deyo House, Huguenot Street’s Queen Anne colonial revival style mansion.

Earlier this year, the Deyo House bedrooms were re-styled with Levy’s assistance to interpret over 100 years of decorative arts styles, spanning eras between the colonial period and the colonial revival at the turn of the 20th century. Mr. Levy’s tour will specifically highlight pieces from Historic Huguenot Street’s collections- some not seen in decades - from the Federal, Empire, and Victorian eras. 

The program will begin at the DuBois Fort (81 Huguenot Street) with a reception catered by Main Course at 5 pm.

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"From Hudson Valley Anarchist to Prussian Aristocrat: The Story of Alida Mary Schoonmaker, Countess of Krockow (1857-1940)," a lecture by Eric Roth
Nov
12
2:00pm 2:00pm

"From Hudson Valley Anarchist to Prussian Aristocrat: The Story of Alida Mary Schoonmaker, Countess of Krockow (1857-1940)," a lecture by Eric Roth

Roth will tell the ironic tale of how a young intellectual woman from Saugerties married into aristocratic Germany, only to become an influential critical voice of that country’s militaristic rise under the Junker class prior to World War I. Alida Mary Schoonmaker’s remarkable life is documented in her numerous letters housed in the HHS Archives, and in dozens of articles she published in American journals such as the Atlantic Monthly, The Independent, New York Tribune, Good Housekeeping, and numerous others.

The presentation will be enhanced by a temporary exhibit of materials and documents from the HHS archives, curated by Archivist & Librarian Carrie Allmendinger.

$10 General Admission, $9 for Senior, Students, Military, Friends

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Trick-or-Treat on Huguenot Street
Oct
31
4:00pm 4:00pm

Trick-or-Treat on Huguenot Street

Free and open to the public, a portion of Huguenot Street will be closed to vehicular traffic while children trick-or-treat at the historic houses. Children and adults can expect to meet "residents" that span the National Historic Landmark District's centuries-long history, including colonial-era women, Revolutionary War soldiers, a Victorian-era socialite and her house maid, flappers from the Roaring Twenties, and other costumed interpreters.

Sponsored by Americas Best Value Inn of New PaltzThe 1850 House Inn & TavernThe Accounting Offices of Tom Fucito CPA, P.C., and Ulster Savings Bank.

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Haunted Huguenot Street
Oct
28
to Oct 29

Haunted Huguenot Street

  • Historic Huguenot Street (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This year’s tours bring guests into four historic houses while exploring the history of oppression, particularly in the case of oppressed women in the 17th through 19th centuries. Guests will bear witness to the legendary true story of a tormented mother and an unorthodox macabre wedding ceremony, while also learning about sexist witch trials, kidnapped wives, mourning brides, and the curse of infertility.

Haunted Huguenot Street PG13-rated tours will depart from the DuBois Fort Visitor Center (81 Huguenot Street) hourly beginning at 5 pm, with the final tour leaving at 9 pm. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged as tours sell out quickly.

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Haunted Huguenot Street
Oct
21
to Oct 22

Haunted Huguenot Street

  • Historic Huguenot Street (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This year’s tours bring guests into four historic houses while exploring the history of oppression, particularly in the case of oppressed women in the 17th through 19th centuries. Guests will bear witness to the legendary true story of a tormented mother and an unorthodox macabre wedding ceremony, while also learning about sexist witch trials, kidnapped wives, mourning brides, and the curse of infertility.

Haunted Huguenot Street PG13-rated tours will depart from the DuBois Fort Visitor Center (81 Huguenot Street) hourly beginning at 5 pm, with the final tour leaving at 9 pm. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged as tours sell out quickly.

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