Historic Huguenot Street

Historic Huguenot Street A National Historic Landmark District helping visitors understand the historical forces that have shaped America. Today a National Historic Landmark District, Historic Huguenot Street encompasses 30 buildings across 10 acres that was the heart of the original New Paltz settlement, including seven stone houses that date to the early eighteenth century.
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It was originally founded in 1894 by the descendants of the first settlers as the Huguenot Patriotic, Historical, and Monumental Society to preserve what remained of their French and Dutch heritage. Since then, Historic Huguenot Street has grown into an innovative museum, chartered as an educational corporation by the University of the State of New York, that is dedicated to protecting our historic buildings, conserving an important collection of artifacts and manuscripts, and promoting the stories of the Huguenot Street families, from the sixteenth century to today.

Mission: To preserve a unique Hudson Valley Huguenot settlement and engage diverse audiences in the exploration of America’s multicultural past in order to understand the historical forces that have shaped America.

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This week, we are highlighting a set of chairs and a sofa dating to the mid-19th century. The furniture pieces are attri...
11/17/2020

This week, we are highlighting a set of chairs and a sofa dating to the mid-19th century. The furniture pieces are attributed to John H. Belter, who has been described as one of the most original American cabinet makers of the 19th century. Belter was born in Germany and moved to New York in 1833, where he opened his factory on what is now the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Known for primarily working with rosewood, Belter patented a wood lamination process, in which thin layers of wood are glued and steam heated under pressure. The wood was then molded and carved.

The pair of chairs and sofa highlighted here all feature a pattern called Rosalie with Grapes: fruit and floral-carved crest, scrolled crest rail and stiles, floral-carved seat rail, and foliate cabriole legs. They were purchased by Effingham and Mary Woodruff Sutton in New York City. Their daughter, Caroline Lavina Sutton, married Edmund Elting of New Paltz. After Edmund passed away, Caroline resided with Maggie B. Elting Hall in New Paltz and willed the furniture to her. Hall left the set to her niece, Helen Hasbrouck. Helen willed the furniture to her cousin, who ultimately donated it to Historic Huguenot Street. The sofa was donated to Historic Huguenot Street in 1962 by Mrs. John Harold Van Ness. The chairs came later, in 2019, from Susan Huff, granddaughter of Mrs. John Harold Van Ness.

Chairs: HHS Permanent Collection, Gift of Susan Huff
Sofa: HHS Permanent Collection, Gift of Mrs. John Harold Van Ness

More than 200 visitors have downloaded the Historic Huguenot Street Walking Tour app in the last month! Next time you're...
11/16/2020

More than 200 visitors have downloaded the Historic Huguenot Street Walking Tour app in the last month!

Next time you're on the street, be sure to download the free app available on the App Store and Google Play, and learn all about the history of buildings and the people who called New Paltz home, including the life of Jacob Wynkoop, a 19th-century Black carpenter and Civil War veteran: https://www.huguenotstreet.org/app

(And if you take photos of your visit and post them to social, be sure to tag @huguenotstreet for a chance to be featured on our feed!)

The Jean Hasbrouck House roof is finished and looking extra beautiful in the fall colors. Be sure to check it out the ne...
11/13/2020
Restoration of Jean Hasbrouck House roof in New Paltz complete

The Jean Hasbrouck House roof is finished and looking extra beautiful in the fall colors. Be sure to check it out the next time you’re on the street, and tag Historic Huguenot Street in your pics!

NEW PALTZ, N.Y. — After more than five years of planning and consultation, timber frame restoration, shingle installation and more, Historic Huguenot Street announced the finished restoration of the roof

Are you homeschooling and looking for historical  activities for your kiddos? The Museum Shop has a wide selection of hi...
11/12/2020
Historical Folk Toys

Are you homeschooling and looking for historical activities for your kiddos? The Museum Shop has a wide selection of history-related crafts, games, and books online and in store: https://historic-huguenot-street-museum-shop.myshopify.com/collections/historical-folk-toys

HHS can also run socially distanced tours for small groups of homeschoolers; email Alyssa Bruno, school programming coordinator, at [email protected] for more info!

The Museum Shop at Historic Huguenot Street specializes in unique local interest and artisan gifts, including fine art, jewelry, and home goods. Take home a piece of the street with our HHS Souvenir items.

In recognition of Veteran’s Day, Historic Huguenot Street would like to share the following medal belonging to Isaac Coo...
11/11/2020

In recognition of Veteran’s Day, Historic Huguenot Street would like to share the following medal belonging to Isaac Cooper, American Scout and Aide-de-Camp in the Civil War. Cooper served 90 months with the Union army in the New York 62nd Infantry, and served in the role of a clerk. This medal, also known as the Hancock medal, was presented to Isaac Cooper by the 1st Veterans Corp. Its namesake is the founder of the 1st Veteran’s Corp, Winfield Scott Hancock.

The Veterans Corp came about out of a necessity for higher enrollment levels towards the end of the war. Due to the shortage of soldiers, the Union attempted to increase their ranks by inviting partially disabled and discharged veterans to re-enlist. The creation of the 1st Veterans Corp, an all-volunteer corps led by Hancock, allowed these men to rejoin the service. The group, originally called the “Invalid Corps,” supported able-bodied soldiers by filling the roles of cooks, orderlies, nurses, and guards of public buildings. Having the veterans maintain these spaces allowed for all able-bodied soldiers to fight on the front lines. In honor of their continued service, participants in the 1st Veterans Corp were given medals and jackets, such as the medal in our collection, to acknowledge their work in support of the Union Army. The text on the medal lists the battles Cooper’s regiment was involved in, among those listed are the battles of Gettysburg, Antietam and Williamsburg.

Hancock Medal, Mid-19th Century. Historic Huguenot Street Permanent Collection, Gift of Charles DuBois Low

This week, the Curatorial staff is eager to share a 19th-century image of a familiar local treasure. This glass plate ne...
11/10/2020

This week, the Curatorial staff is eager to share a 19th-century image of a familiar local treasure. This glass plate negative from 1888 offers a view of the Rosendale Trestle, and Joppenbergh Mountain beyond. Rosendale cement mines can be clearly seen in the side of the mountain. These cement mines were a part of Ulster County’s nearly 150-year history of cement production. Due to the large deposits of dolomite limestone found in the area, Rosendale became a thriving production site for more than a third of the country’s cement plants. Cement from the Rosendale mines was used in a multitude of quintessential landmarks and monuments including the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty’s base, the wings of the U.S. Capitol, and the Washington Monument. Today, the bridge is a part of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail and one can walk across it just like the individuals pictured over 100 years ago, albeit now with significantly safer guardrails!

Glass Plate Negative, 1888. Historic Huguenot Street Archives, Gift of Amy LeFevre.

Last week, Allison Dunne of the popular WAMC radio show “51%” spoke with New Paltz’s very own Dr. Susan Ingalls Lewis (P...
11/09/2020

Last week, Allison Dunne of the popular WAMC radio show “51%” spoke with New Paltz’s very own Dr. Susan Ingalls Lewis (Professor Emerita in History at SUNY New Paltz) and kt Tobin (director of the Benjamin Center for Public Policy Initiatives at SUNY New Paltz and Deputy Mayor of the Village of New Paltz) about the launch of Suffrage and It’s Limits: The New York Story, a new text edited by Lewis and her SUNY New Paltz colleagues Kathleen M. Dowley and Meg Devlin O’Sullivan.

Suffrage and Its Limits offers a unique interdisciplinary overview of the legacy and limits of suffrage for the women of New York State. It commemorates the state suffrage centennial of 2017, yet arrives in time to contribute to celebrations around the national centennial of 2020. Bringing together scholars with a wide variety of research specialties, it initiates a timely dialogue that links an appreciation of accomplishments to a clearer understanding of present problems and an agenda for future progress.

Hear the full length interview by clicking the link below and be on the lookout for Suffrage and It’s Limits: The New York Story coming to our online Shop in 2021!

https://www.wamc.org/programs/51?fbclid=IwAR0EmR2LnB0_fB4qjFgjvmq0t-tYBmUrO9jxifQ4af4zPqic-QORicaJ2eY

Did you know that you can now select Historic Huguenot Street to be the recipient of your Facebook Birthday Fundraiser?W...
11/05/2020

Did you know that you can now select Historic Huguenot Street to be the recipient of your Facebook Birthday Fundraiser?

With a birthday fundraiser, you can make your special day an opportunity to give back to the causes you care about, and your Facebook friends can wish you happy birthday with a thoughtful donation! If your birthday isn't coming up soon, you can still create a fundraiser to raise much-needed support for Historic Huguenot Street's educational programs, preservation of over 30 historic buildings and more than 14,000 historic objects in our collections, inspiring exhibitions, and more. Visit https://www.facebook.com/fundraisers/ to keep Historic Huguenot Street alive for generations to come.

To celebrate this exciting announcement, the Curatorial team wanted to share a World War II Era birthday card written by Virgil Deyo to his father E.W. Deyo. The card is dated October 25th, 1943. Much of the letter’s message is pre-written, not unlike many of the cards we see today. Virgil also added a personal message to the card, including the sentiment “I will be out of here soon and I hope to be a sergeant.”

Virgil Deyo did, in fact, achieve the status of Staff Sergeant in the Air Corps before ultimately going missing over France on July 24th, 1944. In April of the following year, a letter from Washington D.C.’s War Department confirmed that Virgil had been killed in action the July prior. This letter, as well as several dozen items of correspondence between Virgil and his family can be accessed at the following link: https://tinyurl.com/yxc2nlzs

In the first half of the 19th century, the suppression of Black #voting rights was the general rule across the expanding...
11/03/2020

In the first half of the 19th century, the suppression of Black #voting rights was the general rule across the expanding United States, and New York State was no exception. In 1821, New York passed a law requiring that a Black man needed to own property valued at $250 or more in order to #vote. Meanwhile, the land qualification for white men in the state was dropped. This was in the years leading up to the legal abolition of slavery in New York State in 1827. The law restricting voting rights for Black men remained in effect for almost fifty years, at which point the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified in an effort to guarantee all men, regardless of race, the right to vote throughout the nation.

John Hasbrouck, born into slavery, would become the first Black man eligible to vote in New Paltz, after he purchased land in the town in 1845. Despite having paid $300 for his property, however, John was not listed as a voter in the 1845 town census, suggesting that he may have been deprived of his legal right at the time. Indeed, the desire by some to suppress the Black vote in New Paltz was strong, as exposed by an editorial in the New Paltz Times calling the idea of expanding the rights of Black men to vote “repugnant” and suggested that it “degraded” the poor white laborer to share the privilege of voting (Editorial by Charles J. Ackert, September 14, 1860).

It was not until four years after John Hasbrouck purchased his farm that his name began appearing on New Paltz’s voter registration lists. In 1855, he was joined by John Wynkoop and, in 1858, by Jacob Wynkoop on the voter registration lists (seven years after Jacob bought his property and built a home on Mulberry Street). Based on check marks for different election races, it appears that all three men faithfully exercised their legal right to vote once they met the property qualification.

A brochure essay about John Hasbrouck is available through the HHS Museum Shop https://historic-huguenot-street-museum-shop.myshopify.com/products/hhs-educational-essay. To learn more about Jacob and John Wynkoop and their mother Jane Deyo Wynkoop, visit https://www.huguenotstreet.org/exhibits.

Images: “Negro Suffrage” by Charles J. Ackert. Clipping from the New Paltz Times, September 14, 1860 (page 2).

Detail images from the 1849, 1855, and 1858 Voter Registration Lists. New Paltz Town Records Collection, courtesy of the HHS Archives.

#election2020

November is #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth, and as part of the museum's recent programming, HHS presented "The Power of Na...
11/02/2020

November is #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth, and as part of the museum's recent programming, HHS presented "The Power of Native Women," engaging more than 100 individuals who had tuned in from across the country, including California, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Florida, and even Ontario, Canada.

If you missed the event and the virtual follow-up sessions, they are available online for free through a generous donation from Indigenous Media Initiatives: https://www.huguenotstreet.org/power-of-native-women-online

Save the Date: #GivingTuesday is one month away on December 1!Historic Huguenot Street is proud to be a part of this glo...
11/01/2020

Save the Date: #GivingTuesday is one month away on December 1!

Historic Huguenot Street is proud to be a part of this global celebration of giving. And this year, Giving Tuesday’s message of hope, connection, and community have never been more needed.

We're excited to share what we have planned for Giving Tuesday this year. Stay tuned in the coming weeks to learn more!

Some of you may remember learning about talking boards on our Haunted Huguenot Street tour a few years ago. The Modern S...
10/31/2020

Some of you may remember learning about talking boards on our Haunted Huguenot Street tour a few years ago. The Modern Spiritualist movement began in Hydesville, NY with the Fox sisters in 1848 who claimed they could communicate with the spirits. The movement grew with the use of talking boards, also known as spirit boards. Using double exposure, this stereograph by H.P. Moore shows two women seated at a small table using a planchette to communicate with their “ghost” friend, who has her hand placed on the pen or pencil to write to the ladies a message from the beyond!

Planchette. H.P. Moore, 1869. Gift of Kenneth Hasbrouck.

#hauntedhuguenotstreet #spiritboard #stereograph

To keep the community healthy and following safety guidelines, Historic Huguenot Street will not host trick-or-treating ...
10/30/2020

To keep the community healthy and following safety guidelines, Historic Huguenot Street will not host trick-or-treating on the street this year. We’ll miss seeing everyone and their wonderful costumes on the street, and hope you have a happy and healthy Halloween!

The museum staff has been working hard to offer visitors equally fun and spooky experiences on site or virtually. HHS encourages all to take part in the following fall opportunities:

Haunted Huguenot Street self-guided walking tour: Now that we’ve officially entered “Spooky Season,” Historic Huguenot Street will be providing all of your ghostly, socially-distanced needs with our Haunted Huguenot Street walking tour! This debut app tour and scavenger hunt will take the place of our popular, theatrical Haunted tours that happen on site every October. This new tour addition to the free HHS app (available now at the App Store and Google Play) can be accessed for a small fee of $4.99. You can learn more about the Walking Tour app and how to download at https://www.huguenotstreet.org/app. Sponsored by Lothrop Associates.

Jacob Wynkoop self-guided walking tour: This new addition to the HHS app (available now at the App Store and Google Play) takes visitors on a guided tour of the Broadhead-Church-Mulberry neighborhood of New Paltz, highlighting the houses built by 19th-century Black carpenter and Civil War veteran Jacob Wynkoop. In addition to telling the story of Jacob and his family, the free app tour also reveals the stories of other African-American families who made the neighborhood their home in the late 19th and first decades of the 20th century.
To download the app, visit https://www.huguenotstreet.org/app. For those without access to a smart phone, you can visit the online exhibits about Jacob Wynkoop and his mother Jane Deyo Wynkoop at https://www.huguenotstreet.org/exhibits

“We wish to live with you in peace,” Hendrick Aupaumut’s Letter to the New York State Legislature: Historic Huguenot Street’s newest online exhibit details the life of Hendrick Aupaumut, a Mohican sachem, or leader, who served as Captain of the Stockbridge Mohican company fighting on behalf of colonial forces in the American Revolution. To learn more about Hendrick Aupaumut and his work as a diplomatic on behalf of the Stockbridge-Munsee peoples as they were being displaced from their ancestral home, visit https://www.huguenotstreet.org/exhibits.

Lunaape Language Workshop with Karen Mosko: Historic Huguenot Street is pleased to present another 5-week virtual Lunaape language workshop, which will be taking place every Wednesday November 4 to December 2 starting at 7 PM. These classes will take place via Zoom and will be hosted by Lunaape language teacher Karen Mosko.

Karen Mosko is from Nalahii (Munsee-Delaware Nation), Ontario, Canada. She has been learning Lunaape since 2004 and teaching predominantly unfunded Lunaape language classes in various locations since 2005. Her goal is to revitalize what the government considers a dead language. Sponsored by Riverside Bank, a Division of Salisbury Bank and Trust Company.

Don't forget: The Haunted Huguenot Street walking tour and scavenger hunt will take you on a chilling journey across the...
10/29/2020

Don't forget: The Haunted Huguenot Street walking tour and scavenger hunt will take you on a chilling journey across the historic district as you are immersed in the eerie tales, paranormal sightings, criminal activity, and unsolved mysteries of New Paltz.

While the app is best enjoyed on site, you can also take the plunge into the dark history of one of America's oldest streets from the comfort of your couch, or wherever you are in the world. You will be provided with a map, clues, and photographs to find your way - the rest is up to you!

This new addition to the HHS app (available now at the App Store and Google Play) can be accessed for a small fee of $4.99. Learn more and how to download at https://www.huguenotstreet.org/app

If you have already downloaded the HHS app but the Haunted walking tour does not appear, go to "Settings” in the app, then click "Check for updated content," and the tour should appear. If you have any questions or issues, please contact us!

Sponsored by Lothrop Associates

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Historic Huguenot Street offers special programs year-round - check our calendar of events for more information. Private group tours, school group tours, and specialized group tours are available by appointment. When you get to Historic Huguenot Street, please park in the parking lot on Broadhead Avenue. Following the directional signs from the parking lot onto the carriage path, you will arrive at the DuBois Fort Visitor Center. At the Visitor's Center, you can purchase tour tickets, browse special exhibitions, watch our new informational video, and visit the Museum Shop.

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