Browse Exhibits (27 total)

Binary Visions

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Presented by Historic Huguenot Street, this exhibit highlights a sampling of the dozens of such textiles in the Permanent Collection all of which were produced locally in Ulster, Dutchess, and Orange county. Through their actual woven patterns (symbols and texts) and through related records and tools, these coverlets carry clear connections to the local families that purchased and used them.

Hendrick Aupaumut

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This exhibition features a letter to the New York State Legislature from Hendrick Aupaumut, Mohican sachem (traditional leader) and diplomat. The letter was received as a gift to the Historic Huguenot Street Archives by Mary Frances Stokes-Jensen in 2016.

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Jacob Wynkoop

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Jacob Wynkoop “never was a slave” as his forebears had been.[1] He was born in the rural community of New Paltz, New York, in 1829, two years after slavery was legally abolished in the state. Jacob had an exceptional and varied life for any man of his time, black or white. Among the first African Americans to buy land in the community, he also served in the Union Army during the Civil War, organized politically on behalf of black citizens in town, and built a series of homes that today still define a neighborhood in the village of New Paltz. Unlike countless other Africans and African Americans from the dawn of European colonization through the 19th century and beyond, Jacob’s story is fairly well documented in the historical record.

This exhibit was curated by Josephine Bloodgood, Director of Curatorial and Preservation Affairs, Historic Huguenot Street.

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Jane Deyo Wynkoop

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Born to an enslaved woman in New Paltz, New York, Jane has a remarkable story. Through original archival documents, this exhibit explores her story from birth in 1803 to death in 1876, at age 73.

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Ruth Lynda Deyo

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Ruth Lynda Deyo was a pianist, composer, intellectual, international traveler, lecturer, and artist drawn to mysticism and the occult. This exhibit highlights Historic Huguenot Street’s Ruth Lynda Deyo collection, comprising nine items ranging from 1904 to 1937.

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Rescuing the River: 50 Years of Environmental Activism on the Hudson

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"Rescuing the River: 50 Years of Environmental Activism on the Hudson," presented by Bank of America, traces the role of the Hudson River in the American environmental movement and the influence of individuals and organizations like Scenic Hudson, Riverkeeper, Clearwater, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in cleaning up the Hudson River.

Using primary sources like photographs and paintings, newspaper articles, ephemera, and oral histories, this exhibit provides a comprehensive and river-wide look at environmentalism from the 19th century forward, with special emphasis on the 1960s-90s.

Additional support provided by: Humanities NY, New York State Assembly.

For more information about the Hudson River Maritime Museum, please visit www.hrmm.org.

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The Hasbroucks of Locust Lawn: A lens into the history of a 19th century Hudson Valley family

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Using photographs, letters and other archival materials, this exhibit tells the story of a talented and energetic family whose history goes back to the earliest days of settlement in New Paltz. It offers viewers a glimpse of the family’s personal documents, clothing, artwork, handiwork, and much more. These personal and documented possessions belonged to real people who lived locally, and are treasures that tell us the story of a mid-19th century Hudson Valley family.

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The Early Ulster County Fair

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Today, we celebrate the Ulster County Fair in New Paltz, and some of us remember the years prior to 1967 when the fair was held in Kingston. But many do not know that the fair originated in Ellenville, and was held there from 1886 until 1931. This exhibit includes a sampling of photographs from those early years in order to provide you with a taste of a bygone era in which the county fair was a community's social event of the year.

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Lost Hamlets of the Rondout Reservoir

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Between 1936 and 1952, a massive engineering project took place in order to provide New York City and surrounding localities with additional drinking water. The purpose of this exhibit is to raise public awareness concerning the impact that the Rondout Reservoir had on the displaced communities of the Lackawack Valley. It is hoped that it will provide an appreciation for the pure water we may otherwise take for granted. The exhibit draws from extensive primary source documentation contained in the collections of Ellenville Public Library & Museum.

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Hudson River Day Line

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This exhibit highlights the history and vessels of the passenger steamboat line, Hudson River Day Line. The Hudson River Day Line was the most famous of the Hudson River steamboat lines carrying millions of passengers over the decades on excursion trips from New York to Albany and points in between on fast, beautifully appointed steamers.

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