Friends of the Senate House

Friends of the Senate House 2023 Season:
Open April 19th through October 29th
Wednesday-Saturday 10 AM-5PM Sunday 1-5PM
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01/01/2024
As we close out 2023, the Friends of Senate House want to thank Renate Soyer for her years of dedicated service to the F...
12/31/2023

As we close out 2023, the Friends of Senate House want to thank Renate Soyer for her years of dedicated service to the FOSH Board and the Friends' mission of supporting the efforts of our beloved Senate House. We appreciate all Renate has done and wish her the best in all future endeavors!!

We're ready for Santa and Mrs. Claus!! Come down to the Uptown Snowflake Festival and enjoy all the fabulous Holiday goi...
12/01/2023

We're ready for Santa and Mrs. Claus!! Come down to the Uptown Snowflake Festival and enjoy all the fabulous Holiday goings-on.❄️🎄

Happy Fourth of July from Friends of the Senate House!
07/04/2023

Happy Fourth of July from Friends of the Senate House!

Update on the 18th-Century inspired garden: things are starting to grow! We are hopeful the 3 Sisters (corn, beans, squa...
06/08/2023

Update on the 18th-Century inspired garden: things are starting to grow! We are hopeful the 3 Sisters (corn, beans, squash) will be successful. Stay tuned! If you'd like to help us maintain the garden, please email is at [email protected]

05/20/2023

The Senate House State Historic Site has announced a free, hands-on program on the 18th Century Growing Season, set for Saturday, May 20th.

 for their 18th Century Growing Season event. The Friends are planting the 18th Century-inspired garden between 111. Com...
05/20/2023

for their 18th Century Growing Season event. The Friends are planting the 18th Century-inspired garden between 111. Come check us out!!!

Getting the 18th Century garden at the Senate House State Historic Site prepped for the growing season on   Day!
05/06/2023

Getting the 18th Century garden at the Senate House State Historic Site prepped for the growing season on Day!

05/04/2023
03/31/2023

For our final post, we want to honor the life of Deyan, a woman enslaved at Senate House. We believe that Deyan was enslaved by Abraham Van Gaasbeek for many years. She is known to us only because she appears in two historic documents that were separated by decades. Listed as Dijaen, the only enslaved person in the household of Abraham Van Gaasbeek in the 1755 Ulster County slave census, we think she may have remained in his household for about four decades. Following his death in 1797, there was a document which included all of the possessions from his estate that were sold in 1798. Deyan was on this list, as well as four others enslaved by Van Gaasbeek. As a woman enslaved by Van Gaasbeek, it is likely Deyan did domestic work like cooking, cleaning and laundry in and around the house.

We know Deyan’s name, but tracking the enslaved at Senate House, particularly women who were enslaved, remains a challenge. While our search continues, we remember their struggle and their humanity as individuals.

11/19/2022

We are excited to announce that Senate House is one of 56 institutions from across the country that has been selected to participate in the American Institute for Conservation, 2022 Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program!

This program works with preservation professionals to produce an assessment that looks at the institution's collections, buildings, and building systems, as well as its policies and procedures relating to collections care to produce a series of recommendations for improvement. We look forward to getting to work!

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