The School Letters of Rachel Eltinge, 1863-1865

Rachel Eltinge, born in 1847 in New Paltz, NY, began attending the Poughkeepsie Female Academy in 1863.

During her stay at the Academy she wrote numerous letters to her friends and family, describing everything from mundane daily tasks to important local events. The information exchanged between Rachel and the people most dear to her reveal the simple yet fascinating aspects of living in a time so different from our own.

This exhibit not only features Rachel Eltinge’s correspondences but also family photographs and genealogy, giving both clarity and life to words on paper.The letters and images found in this exhibit were generously donated to Historic Huguenot Street by Helena LeFevre.

All of the digitized materials in the Rachel Eltinge Collection are available on the Hudson River Valley Heritage website. Selected items from the collection are featured throughout this exhibit.

Credits

This exhbit was created by Susan Stessin-Cohn, Ashley Hurlburt, Kate Long, Jeff Warren and Carole Ford.