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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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

EVERY day is "I Love My Park Day" for us! We hope you get to go outside and enjoy our beautiful Hudson Valley today....s...
05/03/2020

EVERY day is "I Love My Park Day" for us! We hope you get to go outside and enjoy our beautiful Hudson Valley today....safely and socially distant, of course!

#senatehouse #historicsite #nystateparks #ParksPledge #parkstrailsny #palisadesparkconservancy #hudsonvalley #iloveny #getoutside

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

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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!