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Senate House State Historic Site
04/25/2020

Senate House State Historic Site

Since access to all the historic sites buildings, tours, programs, and special events are suspended until further notice, the staff wanted to take the opportunity to show off some of their favorite collections pieces. Senate House’s collections contains 30,000 fascinating objects, so there are many to choose from!

These carved wooden clogs (SH 1975.280.1&2) were dredged from the Hudson River, off the coast of New Jersey in 1901. They were donated to the site in 1933 by Amos Van Etten as a part of the Catherine Vanderlyn Estate. Wooden Clogs were known as work shoes dating back to the middle ages. They are sturdy, waterproof and excellent protection from sharp objects. Wooden Clogs are associated with the Dutch and Swedish, but they deep roots all over Europe.

Stay tuned for more information on some fascinating collections pieces, and more information on our upcoming season.

On this rainy day, let's play a round of Senate House Bingo!! How many of these have you and you family done??#senatehou...
04/24/2020

On this rainy day, let's play a round of Senate House Bingo!! How many of these have you and you family done??

#senatehouse #historicsite #kingston #hudsonvalley #ParksPledge #nystateparks #parkstrailsny #palisadesparkconservancy #bingo #familyfun

It's the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day! Let us be mindful of the beauty around us and act as stewards to keep our planet...
04/22/2020

It's the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day! Let us be mindful of the beauty around us and act as stewards to keep our planet healthy for generations to come.

#senatehouse #historicsite #kingston #hudsonvalley #nystateparks #ParksPledge #parkstrailsny #keepearthbeautiful🌏 #freshair #weareinthistogether

04/21/2020
This is a great opportunity to get a glimpse into rarely-seen items!  Thank you, Senate House State Historic Site, for s...
04/20/2020

This is a great opportunity to get a glimpse into rarely-seen items! Thank you, Senate House State Historic Site, for sharing.

Since access to all the historic site’s buildings, tours, programs, and special events are suspended until further notice, the staff wanted to take the opportunity to show off some of their favorite collections pieces. Senate House’s collections contains 30,000 fascinating objects, so there are many to choose from!

Our first item is a bayonet (SH 1976.1029B). The Bayonet was first invented in the 17th century, by the French. This bayonet on display at the Senate House is a mid-18th century socket bayonet. This bayonet has a long, flat triangular blade, with a socket fitting at the end. The socket fitting is to secure the blade onto the musket, but still keeping the ability to shoot and reload the musket. The triangular shape of the blade is to create a unique wound that is easily infected. We cannot say for sure this bayonet was used in battle, but we know its the appropriate age to be used in the French and Indian War as well as the American Revolution. This bayonet was gifted to the site as a set with an English Flintlock Musket.

Stay tuned for more information on some fascinating collections pieces, and more information on our upcoming season.

Remember, we are all in this together! Take the #ParksPledge and keep our parks and trails safe for all. RECREATE LOCAL ...
04/20/2020

Remember, we are all in this together! Take the #ParksPledge and keep our parks and trails safe for all. RECREATE LOCAL and go solo or with your immediate household.

#senatehouse #historicsite #ParksPledge #nystateparks #parkstrailsny #palisadesparkconservancy #socialdistancing #freshair #besafe #weareinthistogether

This little guy and his friends were part of last year's "Preparing for a New Year" event @SenateHouseStateHistoricSite!...
04/16/2020

This little guy and his friends were part of last year's "Preparing for a New Year" event @SenateHouseStateHistoricSite! This event is one of the highlights of the year, featuring 18th Century cooking and gardening! This year, we are taking the #ParksPledge and offering up scenes from years past! Stay safe, recreate local, and take the Pledge along with us!

#senatehouse #historicsite #ParksPledge #nystateparks #parkstrailsny #palisadesparkconservancy #besafe #recreatelocal #socialdistancing #freshair #springishere

New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site
04/13/2020

New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site

The photo displays a small section of the causeway constructed by the Continental Army at New Windsor.

Writings of Washington: General Orders: April 13th 1783:
“The late Rains having damaged the Causway between the wings of the Army: The Commander ha Chief directs that it may be immediately repared. The Quarter Master Genl. will order a person to Superintend the work. each Brigade will furnish tools for their own party employed on it.”

Foster notes the amount of rain the area had received.

Diary of Thomas Foster: “Fryday Apriel 11th 83”:

“This Day is Very Warm and at Evining We had Sum Thunder & plentyfull Rain.”

Even with the news of peace Washington keeps the Army at work maintaining the encampment with projects such as repairing the causeway or requests to send skilled soldiers to work on the Temple of Virtue.

This is Guinness. Like all of us, he loves to visit our state parks. He is also mindful of social distancing and has tak...
04/13/2020

This is Guinness. Like all of us, he loves to visit our state parks. He is also mindful of social distancing and has taken the #ParksPledge to:
- Avoid crowded areas
- Practice social distancing
- Stay local, and keep visits short

Be like Guinness!

04/12/2020
04/09/2020
Social distancing is hard, and we all need a breath of fresh air to recharge our souls. But, please, take the Parks Pled...
04/07/2020

Social distancing is hard, and we all need a breath of fresh air to recharge our souls. But, please, take the Parks Pledge along with us, so we can all enjoy our parks and trails!

#senatehouse #nystateparks #parkstrailsny #ParksPledge #socialdistancingishard #wewillgetthroughthistogether

04/06/2020
Although our public buildings are closed and all events and tours postponed until further notice, those who wish can vis...
03/30/2020

Although our public buildings are closed and all events and tours postponed until further notice, those who wish can visit the grounds of the Senate House, as long as safety and social-distancing measures are followed.

#senatehouse #historicsite #uptownkingston #hudsonvalley #nystateparks #palisadesparkconservancy #covid_19 #socialdistancing #enjoynature

SOCIAL................ DISTANCING. It's all about that SPACE.NY State Parks, trails, and grounds of historic sites remai...
03/24/2020

SOCIAL................ DISTANCING. It's all about that SPACE.
NY State Parks, trails, and grounds of historic sites remain open for activities such as walking, hiking, jogging, and biking. BUT to keep our parks available for healthy recreation, all visitors must practice social distancing during this crisis. If you need a nature break please follow these guidelines when you visit.
Got questions on COVID-19 and its impact on park operations?
👉🏾 Visit: https://parks.ny.gov/covid19/

03/08/2020
Park Advocacy Day 2020Amazing energy in a roomful of people who support our State Parks and Historic Sites.#nypad2020 #p...
03/02/2020

Park Advocacy Day 2020

Amazing energy in a roomful of people who support our State Parks and Historic Sites.

#nypad2020 #parkstrailsny
#senatehouse

The Senate House welcomed NYS Elks President Brian Greene, First Lady Tonia, and their entourage. Site Manager Aaron Rob...
02/23/2020

The Senate House welcomed NYS Elks President Brian Greene, First Lady Tonia, and their entourage. Site Manager Aaron Robinson and Interperetive Program Administrator Deana Preston gave a tour of the Senate House and Museum.

#senatehouse #historicsite #nystateparks #nyselks #bpoe #kingston #ulstercounty #stockadedistrict #sundaytour #livinghistory #lovemypark

02/17/2020
The Eye has returned!  Senate House recently loaned one of its pieces, the “Eye of Theodosia Burr” attributed to John Va...
02/07/2020

The Eye has returned!

Senate House recently loaned one of its pieces, the “Eye of Theodosia Burr” attributed to John Vanderlyn to the Albany Institute of History and Art for its successful exhibition, “The Schuyler Sisters and their Circle”. Theodosia was the daughter of Aaron Burr, most famous for his rivalry with Alexander Hamilton, but a prominent early American political figure and patron of John Vanderlyn.

With the loan ended, the miniature portrait has returned to the Senate House Museum. Visit the site to see the “Eye of Theodosia Burr” and learn more. The museum is open by appointment until mid-April, when it will open to the public for regular hours.

#senatehouse #historicsite #nysparks #schuylersisters #eyeoftheodosia #albanyinstituteofhistoryandart #sharinghistory

01/21/2020

Congratulations to Board members Nina Postupack (County Clerk) and Taylor Bruck (Archivist) for their award-winning archives gallery depicting early colonial life in Kingston and the surrounding area.
https://midhudsonnews.com/2020/01/19/40894/

01/20/2020
Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!#senatehouse #historicsite #nystateparks #happynewyear
01/01/2020

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!

#senatehouse #historicsite #nystateparks #happynewyear

Merry Christmas from the Friends of Senate House and the staff of the Site! May you enjoy this day with your families an...
12/25/2019

Merry Christmas from the Friends of Senate House and the staff of the Site! May you enjoy this day with your families and friends!

#senatehouse #historicsite #nysparks #merrychristmas

#weremember#neverforget
12/07/2019

#weremember
#neverforget

We are so thankful for all who visit the Senate House and support all we do! Have a wonderful day and safe travels!#sena...
11/28/2019

We are so thankful for all who visit the Senate House and support all we do! Have a wonderful day and safe travels!

#senatehouse #historicsite #happythanksgivng #wearethankfulforyou

Celebrate World Kidness Day with  one small act at a time!#senatehousekingston #historicsite #worldkindnessday #bekind #...
11/13/2019

Celebrate World Kidness Day with one small act at a time!

#senatehousekingston #historicsite #worldkindnessday #bekind #itstartswithyou❤️

Thank you to all the men and women who served our country! We wish for the continued safety for all who are doing so tod...
11/11/2019

Thank you to all the men and women who served our country! We wish for the continued safety for all who are doing so today.

#thankyouforyourservice
#neverforget
#veteransday

Participate today!#senatehousekingston #historicsite #electionday #participate #itsuptoyou
11/05/2019

Participate today!

#senatehousekingston #historicsite #electionday #participate #itsuptoyou

Happy National Public Lands Day! The Senate House State Historic Site boasts a beautiful space in Uptown Kingston's Hist...
09/28/2019

Happy National Public Lands Day! The Senate House State Historic Site boasts a beautiful space in Uptown Kingston's Historic Stocade District. The Site is open to all to walk through and enjoy!
#senatehousekingston #historicsite #nysparks #nationalpubliclandsday

The Senate House is looking forward to participating in the Burning of Kingston Events with our Annual 18th Century Autu...
09/26/2019
Burning of Kingston

The Senate House is looking forward to participating in the Burning of Kingston Events with our Annual 18th Century Autumn Festival Saturday, October 18th from 11-3.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 26, 2019
2019 Burning of Kingston Schedule Released

KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steve Noble is pleased to announce the schedule for the 2019 Burning of Kingston commemorative event has been released. The City of Kingston, alongside several local organizations, will be sponsoring and supporting the two-day event, which will include:

Friday, October 18
6:30pm Introduction by Paul O’Neill, U.C. Commissioner of Jurors at the Old Dutch Church
7:00pm Screening of the Burning of Kingston Documentary at the Old Dutch Church
7:30pm The Great Debate Committee of Safety Meeting reenactment at the Old Dutch Church

Saturday, October 19
11:00am-4:00pm Special Exhibit at the Friends of Historic Kingston gallery at Fred J. Johnston House
11:00am-3:00pm The 18th Century Autumn Festival at the Senate House
12:30pm Harambee Speaker and Special Exhibit at the Matthewis Persen House
2:00pm The Volunteer Firemen’s Museum Bucket Brigade
3:00pm Burning Memories: John Jay, Kingston, and the Legacies of the American Revolution lecture by Robb K. Haberman at the Old Dutch Church
7:00pm Theatre on the Road’s Living History Cemetery Tour at the Old Dutch Church
8:00pm Colonial Grand Ball at the Old Dutch Church, Bethany Hall

The Senate House will be hosting its Autumn Festival, which will include reenactment of 18th century camp life such as demonstrations of apple cider pressing, meat smoking, hearthside cooking, dipping candles, making dried apple wreaths and cornhusk dolls.

New additions to the Burning of Kingston include Harambee Kingston’s special exhibit on display at the Persen House, and a lecture on Saturday that will discuss enslaved persons during the Revolutionary War and in Kingston during the burning. The lecture will be preceded and followed by singing of African hymns, and there will be a march to the Pine St. African Burial Ground where a ceremony will be held.

“We are excited about the Burning of Kingston event and are appreciative of our partnerships old and new – from the Senate House’s Autumn Festival, where we can see what life was like in 1777, to the important addition of new voices,” said Mayor Noble. “We look forward to a fun and meaningful commemoration.”

There are several volunteer opportunities and the public is encouraged to participate. The 2019 Burning of Kingston is looking for volunteers as well as those who would like to be involved in the reenactment of the Committee of Safety Meeting on Friday, October 18. If you are interested in being an event volunteer or a costumed reenactor, please contact Summer Smith at 845-334-3945 or [email protected]. Limited costumes are available to borrow.

Visit www.burningofkingston.com or www.kingston-ny.gov/burningofkingston for more information and other ways to participate.

Our Annual meeting will take place this evening from 5:30-6:30pm at the Senate House Museum.
09/12/2019

Our Annual meeting will take place this evening from 5:30-6:30pm at the Senate House Museum.

#neverforget
09/11/2019

#neverforget

From Nieuw Nederland to New York
08/26/2019
From Nieuw Nederland to New York

From Nieuw Nederland to New York

Slaves in the early Dutch colonial era (circa 1625-1664) were treated rather better than those under English captivity, according to Ulster County historian Anne Gordon. Though quite restricted, they were allowed to marry, congregate, attend religious services with whites, and in some cases were abl

It's a beautiful night for dinner and a movie "Grease" begins at dusk!!!!#senatehouse #historicsite #nysparks #prosounde...
08/23/2019

It's a beautiful night for dinner and a movie "Grease" begins at dusk!!!!

#senatehouse #historicsite #nysparks #prosoundentertainment #urbanforkfoodcart #arthursknightsmc #greaseistheword

This is what's on the menu for tonight!  Come to 296 Fair Street, grab some dinner from Urban Fork at 5:30, some ice cre...
08/23/2019

This is what's on the menu for tonight! Come to 296 Fair Street, grab some dinner from Urban Fork at 5:30, some ice cream from Arthurs Knights MC, and watch "Grease"on the lawn of the Senate House at dusk!!

Senate house and Late night menu

Always have vegetarian and gluten free options

Everything under $10.00

New wing sauces🔥

Carne street tacos

Sausage and peppers

Loaded nachos

Pizza bites

Spanakopita squares

Mac and cheese

Wings :Crack BBQ , Sweet BBQ , Candied Jalapeño , Rodeo BBQ

Beef And chorizo Empanadas

Mozzarella sticks with fresh sauce

Cheese dog

Loaded Hot dogs

Hot dogs

Loaded Mac and cheese

Deep fried PB & J

#love and share xoxo

We can't wait for Arthurs Knights MC to join us Friday evening and hand out ice cream, along with ProSound Entertainment...
08/20/2019

We can't wait for Arthurs Knights MC to join us Friday evening and hand out ice cream, along with ProSound Entertainment and Urban Fork Food Cart to our Movie Night on the lawn of the Senate House!
https://www.facebook.com/events/2444567099096798/

#senatehouse #senatehousekingston #nysparks #historicsite #uptownkingston #stockadedistrict #filmswithfriends #urbanforkfoodcart #prosoundentertainment #arthursknightsmc #greaseistheword

Join AKMC in conjunction with DJ Steve from Prosound Entertainment as we give back to the kids this Friday August 23rd 5:30pm @ the Senate house in Kingston with free icecream for the kids and a showing of the classic film Grease. There will also be a food truck on site with food for purchase!

You're the one that we want.....to come watch Grease on the Senate House grounds Friday, August 23rd!! The movie is free...
08/08/2019

You're the one that we want.....to come watch Grease on the Senate House grounds Friday, August 23rd!! The movie is free for all and begins at dusk. Food will be available for purchase starting at 5:30!

#senatehouse #uptownkingston #stockadedistrict #kingstonny #ulstercounty #greaseistheword #freemovie

We remember those who suffered injury in the line of duty to our country.
08/07/2019

We remember those who suffered injury in the line of duty to our country.

Happy Independence Day! We hope you have a safe and enjoyable celebration today.
07/04/2019

Happy Independence Day! We hope you have a safe and enjoyable celebration today.

06/14/2019
THANK YOU....to all who ran, volunteered, sponsored, and supported our 2nd Annual Stockade Color Run! It was a beautiful...
06/09/2019

THANK YOU....to all who ran, volunteered, sponsored, and supported our 2nd Annual Stockade Color Run! It was a beautiful day to run and support the Senate House State Historic Site!
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#senatehouse #historicsite #stockadecolorrun2019 #5k #ulstercounty #uptownkingston

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12401

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The carpenters repairing the building haven't kept the architectural integrity of the master craftsmen. Sad to watch it disintegrate. Where's the beautiful old bannister? The new one looks Lego-ish! So sad!