The online exhibit “Never was a slave,” Jacob Wynkoop (August 2020) is presented by Historic Huguenot Street (HHS) and curated by Josephine Bloodgood, HHS Director of Curatorial and Preservation Affairs. It expands upon the exhibit originally installed at the DuBois Fort Visitor Center, Historic Huguenot Street, in June 2019.
The curator is especially grateful for the knowledge and dedication of Carol Johnson, Coordinator of the Haviland Heidgerd Historical Collection (HHHC), Elting Memorial Library. Carol made this exhibit possible. Thanks also to Margaret Stanne and all the past HHHC staff and volunteers who have dedicated so much to the compilation and transcription of so many of these very important historical documents. We are so fortunate to have this collection, so ably managed and made accessible, as a resource.
Thanks as well to Carrie Allmendinger, HHS Archivist and Librarian, Ashley Campone, HHS Collections Manager, and Liselle LaFrance, HHS Executive Director, for their assistance and support. The project benefits greatly from the advice and editing of James Merrell, HHS Trustee and Lucy Maynard Salmon Professor of History at Vassar College. Researchers and historians consulted on the subject of the Wynkoops include Ellen Mosen James, Joan Devries Kelley, Neil Larson, and William B. Rhoads. Their input has been invaluable (see Sources for further information). In addition, sincere appreciation to the HHS Board and Staff for supporting the telling of stories like that of the Wynkoops. Appreciation also to Kevin Cook and the Reformed Church of New Paltz, Laurie Hancock and Taylor Bruck at the Ulster County Clerk’s Office, and the New Paltz Town Clerk Rosanna Rosenkranse and Supervisor Neil Bettez.
Jennifer Palmentiero and Zachary Spalding with Southeastern New York Library Resources Council provided essential technical support and assistance to complete the online exhibit, for which I am grateful. Michelle Biondolillo-Keessen designed the graphics of the exhibit header.