Friends of the Senate House

Friends of the Senate House Open April 15 through October 31
Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m and Sunday 1-5 p.m. November 1 through April 15 by appointment
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Operating as usual

02/15/2021
01/18/2021
01/01/2021
First snow of the season. Stay safe, everyone!#senatehouse #historicsite #uptownkingston #upstateny #parkstrailsny #nyst...
12/17/2020

First snow of the season. Stay safe, everyone!

#senatehouse #historicsite #uptownkingston #upstateny #parkstrailsny #nystateparks #noreaster

Happy Thanksgiving, from our table to yours! Be safe, stay healthy! We are grateful for all who visit and support the Se...
11/26/2020

Happy Thanksgiving, from our table to yours! Be safe, stay healthy! We are grateful for all who visit and support the Senate House State Historic Site.

11/24/2020
Senate House State Historic Site

Senate House State Historic Site

Have you ever heard of John Vanderlyn? This native Kingstonian was a prominent painter who rubbed elbows with elites and traveled the world. You might recognize some of his more famous paintings. The largest collection of his works is held by Senate House, with many currently on display.

Check out this video to learn more about this fascinating artist and see some of his works.

Happy Friday! Another gorgeous day at the Senate House. While tours are closed for the season, except by appointment,  t...
11/20/2020

Happy Friday! Another gorgeous day at the Senate House. While tours are closed for the season, except by appointment, the grounds are open for all to stroll through. Take some time this weekend to enjoy the this jewel of Historic Uptown Kingston.

#senatehouse #nystateparks #uptownkingston #historicsite #iloveny

#worldkindnessday2020
11/13/2020

#worldkindnessday2020

Senate House State Historic Site
11/12/2020

Senate House State Historic Site

This Throwback Thursday we are headed to the early 20th century. This picture from the rear of Senate House shows how the property looked between the 1920's and 1940's. Notice the metal roof, the lack of boxwood gardens, and the door leading into Senate House that no longer exists! #tbt #throwbackthursday

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country!
11/11/2020

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country!

History Alliance of Kingston
11/05/2020

History Alliance of Kingston

The Spooky Cemetery Hunt ends on 11/15! We recently added new clues and two new cemeteries you can visit. Play along and get entered in our prize raffle! Happy Hunting! #hvhistoryhunt #ulstercountyny #kingst#kimgstonny

11/03/2020
Senate House State Historic Site
10/28/2020

Senate House State Historic Site

Now is your last chance! Senate House's last day of regular open hours is Saturday, October 31st. After that, the site will be open by appointment only until we are scheduled to re-open in mid-April.

So gather your friends and family and stop by to take a tour!

Burning of Kingston
10/23/2020

Burning of Kingston

Take a run through Kingston History!
The Inaugural Capital to Capital Run, commemorating the Burning of Kingston, is ON now through today Oct. 25th. The course traces the trail colonial Kingstonians traveled to Hurley to escape the British Invasion and burning of their town, and in the process moving New York's capital from Kingston to Hurley.
This year its virtual - participants (run it or walk it!) have until October 25th to complete the 5K course and send in their registration with times. For details and to register visit:
http://burningofkingston.com/capitaltocapitalrun/

#burningofkingston
#kingstonrun
#kingstonhistory

Senate House State Historic Site
10/22/2020

Senate House State Historic Site

Come see our latest display at Senate House – corsets! Corsets were a popular piece of under clothing, particularly in the 18th and 19th Centuries, and widely used to provide a curved shape, mostly for women. We have three different styles, including one from the late 18th Century. We hope you will stop by to take a look today!

#ConstitutionDay #WeThePeople
09/17/2020

#ConstitutionDay #WeThePeople

09/11/2020
Burning of Kingston
09/09/2020
Burning of Kingston

Burning of Kingston

Take a Run Through History in the Inaugural
Burning of Kingston Capital to Capital (Virtual) 5K Run/Walk - October 11-25th.
The Capital to Capital 5K commemorates the human story of the Burning of Kingston, when, in October 1777, over 2,000 Kingston refugees fled to the Town of Hurley as British soldiers burned their city to the ground. Participants who want to run or walk the route of the original refugees will be able to view a map of this route and register for the event at http://capitaltocapitalrun.com

Registration will be open to all via Zippyreg.com. Participants should walk or run a 5 km (3.1 mi) distance on a trail or park in their hometown or elsewhere, anytime between Sunday, October 11th and Sunday, October 25th 2020.

Entry Fees are as follows:
$10 - race entry with no giveaway
$15 - includes race entry and a handcrafted finisher’s medallion (pictured to the left).
$25 - includes race entry, handcrafted finisher’s medallion, and a Capital to Capital 5K t-shirt.

This event is a benefit fundraiser for the Hudson Valley Center for Veteran Reintegration.

Senate House State Historic Site
08/18/2020

Senate House State Historic Site

We are continuing on with the staff highlighting some of their favorite collections pieces. Senate House’s collections contains 30,000 fascinating objects, so there are many to choose from!

This is a classic example of a Hudson Valley Kas (SH.1975.392). It is currently located in the Formal Parlor of the Senate House. It was made between 1770-1810 in the New York/New Jersey area out of maple and cherry. This particular Kas was part of the dowry for Ester Freer when she married Job Tillson in 1795.

A Kas was a popular piece of furniture in the Netherlands and when the Dutch began to settle in Colonial America, it was continued as part of their culture. A kas was meant to be “moveable” and would be constructed in three separate parts. Typical features of the Kas include two large panel doors, an overhanging cornice and balled feet in the front. Other than being a focal point to a room, it was meant for storage, specifically for linens.

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

“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state...
08/18/2020

“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of s*x. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”

#19thamendment #100years #suffragettes #registertovote

Guinness is back! He wishes everyone a happy weekend and wants to remind everyone of two great things happening at the S...
08/15/2020

Guinness is back! He wishes everyone a happy weekend and wants to remind everyone of two great things happening at the Site:

1. "What Am I?" Saturday Special today starting at 12. Try to identify objects from The 18th Century and what purpose they served.

2. Hudson Valley History Hunt starting today. Senate House is partnering with other historic organizations to bring you this fabulous online event.

#senatehouse #historicsite #nystateparks #parkstrailsny #palisadesparkconservancy #uptownkingston #livinghistory #saturdayspecial #hudsonvalleyhistoryhunt

The Friends were on Site this morning planting flowers! Mulch was spread last week to spruce up the Senate House Site fo...
07/15/2020

The Friends were on Site this morning planting flowers! Mulch was spread last week to spruce up the Senate House Site for its opening.

#senatehouse #historicsite #hudsonvalley #uptownkingston #kingston #weareopen #socialdistancing

07/14/2020
Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce
07/07/2020

Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce

Be sure to tune in this weekend to hear the Chamber’s half hour radio program, “Spotlight on the Ulster Chamber.” In this week’s special July 4th weekend edition, Chamber President Ward Todd interviews Aaron Robinson, Historic Site Manager at the Senate House to talk about Kingston’s significant role in our nation’s independence. Tune in this Sunday at 6:00 am on NewsRadio 1450 WKIP and 6:30 am on Z 93, plus on several other great Hudson Valley radio stations this weekend. Visit our radio archive @ https://www.ulsterchamber.org/radio-show/ If you enjoyed this post and want more, please like and follow us on Facebook. #UCRCCRadio #SpotlightUlster #UlsterChamber #UlsterCounty

07/04/2020
06/21/2020
We will miss you @beccahoweareyou! Thank you for all your service to the Senate House and for being a true friend to the...
06/18/2020

We will miss you @beccahoweareyou! Thank you for all your service to the Senate House and for being a true friend to the @friendsofsenatehouse. Good luck on your fabulous new adventure!

#senatehouse #historicsite #nystateparks #parkstrailsnynj #thankyoubecca #solongnotgoodbye #newadventures

The weekend is upon us! Enjoy this beautiful almost-summer weather at your favorite park or trail. Remember to be social...
06/12/2020

The weekend is upon us! Enjoy this beautiful almost-summer weather at your favorite park or trail. Remember to be socially distant and love your park or trail by keeping it free of litter.

#senatehouse #historicsite #nystateparks #parkstrailsny #ParksPledge #isharetheoutdoors #recreatelocal

#blackouttuesday
06/02/2020

#blackouttuesday

Brush up on your local history and view our "History Speaks" section of the FOSH website to view the "Kingston's Buried ...
06/01/2020
History Speaks - The Senate House

Brush up on your local history and view our "History Speaks" section of the FOSH website to view the "Kingston's Buried Treasures" lecture series presented by past Board Member, Paul O'Neill -- Ulster County's Commissioner of Jurors!
http://senatehousekingston.org/history-speaks/

Kingston's Buried Treasures The Senate House State Historic Site hosted an extremely popular series of lectures highlighting the forgotten, yet vital people and events in Kingston that helped shape not only our community and the State of New York, but our nation itself. Paul O'Neill, Commissio

05/25/2020
Thank you @kingstonhappenings! It's a great time to stop and smell the...tulips!#senatehouse #historicsite #nystateparks...
05/08/2020

Thank you @kingstonhappenings! It's a great time to stop and smell the...tulips!

#senatehouse #historicsite #nystateparks #parkstrailsny #ParksPledge #ShowParksLove #LeaveNoTrace

We all love to visit our Parks and Historic Sites! Please keep them beautiful by picking up after yourself and taking ou...
05/04/2020

We all love to visit our Parks and Historic Sites! Please keep them beautiful by picking up after yourself and taking out what you bring in....including trash and pet waste.

#senatehouse #historicsite #nysparks #parkstrailsny #keepitbeautiful #ParksPledge #ShowParksLove

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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!