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Dr. Taylor Stoermer relinquishes management responsibility at Historic Huguenot Street

Dr. Taylor Stoermer relinquishes management responsibility at Historic Huguenot Street

Historic Huguenot Street (HHS) has again changed its management structure. Seven months after appointing Dr. Taylor Stoermer as its day-to-day director for strategy, development and historic preservation, the New Paltz Huguenot historical organization announced that effective last week he would no longer hold that position. Instead, HHS said, Stoermer, appointed to the position this February,...
Gayle Grunwald looks back on fight to preserve Rosendale’s mining history

Gayle Grunwald looks back on fight to preserve Rosendale’s mining history

Saying that she’s “not a person who likes to take credit for things,” longtime Rosendale resident Gayle Grunwald seems a little incredulous that New Paltz Times readers might find her an interesting subject for a profile. But there’s no doubt that she has witnessed some interesting times firsthand, including years of battling bureaucracy and raising...
New Paltz rededicates Ohioville WWII memorial (with photo gallery)

New Paltz rededicates Ohioville WWII memorial (with photo gallery)

Photos by Lauren Thomas   As a kid, Harold “Jake” Schoonmaker knew who his heroes were. Living in the small hamlet of Ohioville, he’d pass by and see their names on the board listing those who served in World War II. The brave men — and two women — listed on that sign inspired Schoonmaker...
Historic Huguenot Street celebrates its opening day under new management

Historic Huguenot Street celebrates its opening day under new management

There is such a thing as a business of history, a national expert in the interpretation of historic sites recently said. He hastened to add that he didn’t simply mean a greater focus on revenue than on mission and vision. “Public historians simply cannot dismiss the imperatives of revenue and the market — even our...
New Paltz fire and police departments obtain 9/11 artifacts for memorial

New Paltz fire and police departments obtain 9/11 artifacts for memorial

Through the combined efforts of New Paltz resident Butch Dener, Fire Chief Kevin Maguire and Police Chief Joseph Snyder, the New Paltz community will soon have a 9/11 memorial made with actual artifacts from the World Trade Center towers. It will be located on the grounds outside Fire Station Two on North Putt Corners Road...
Tenth anniversary of 2004 same-sex marriage ceremonies in New Paltz celebrates milestones

Tenth anniversary of 2004 same-sex marriage ceremonies in New Paltz celebrates milestones

It’s been over a decade now since New Paltz Mayor Jason West solemnized marriage vows for more than two dozen same-sex couples in the Peace Park on Feb. 27, 2004. And while the state never sanctioned the marriages, many of the participants that day have said that the ceremonies were an important step for civil...
Historic Huguenot Street unveils ambitious strategic planning initiative

Historic Huguenot Street unveils ambitious strategic planning initiative

The history of New Paltz’s Huguenot settlers may be literally carved in stone, but the future is apparently in a state of flux for Historic Huguenot Street (HHS). Rebecca Mackey, formerly known as interim executive director, is now the director of operations. Director of education Susan Stessin-Cohn — the driving force behind much of the...
HHS strategic planning

HHS strategic planning

Historic Huguenot Street in New Paltz is taking another step in launching a strategic planning process to build a stronger organization, to provide a road map as to what HHS does, and to explain how its work fits into telling the story of America’s past. The board of trustees, advisory council and staff are sponsoring...
Lagusta’s, SUNY win historic preservation nod

Lagusta’s, SUNY win historic preservation nod

Do-gooders of the historically conscious sort received some praise from the Village of New Paltz last week. On Feb. 12, the village’s Historic Preservation Commission awarded local chocolatier Lagusta Yearwood and SUNY New Paltz their “Partners in Preservation” awards. “Some familiar names from the past are some of our better citizens in terms of keeping...
Tavern lore: Gilded Otter helped usher New Paltz into craft beer age

Tavern lore: Gilded Otter helped usher New Paltz into craft beer age

While The Gilded Otter Brewery might be one of New Paltz’s youngest taverns, it holds a pretty interesting place in the town’s history. It’s our first brewpub — built during craft brewing’s first wave in America — and the Gilded Otter lot also has deep historical roots. Here’s a look back at what came before...
Our Town: What the newspapers said 100 Years Ago

Our Town: What the newspapers said 100 Years Ago

The ‘‘Our town’’ column is compiled each month for the New Paltz Times by Carol Johnson, coordinator of the Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection. The entries have been copied from the February 1914 issues of the New Paltz Independent. If you would like to get a closer look at these newspapers of the past, visit Carol Johnson...
Tavern lore: Barnaby’s building played huge role in New Paltz’s past

Tavern lore: Barnaby’s building played huge role in New Paltz’s past

Of all the taverns the New Paltz Times has profiled so far, Barnaby’s Steakhouse holds perhaps the deepest and most important place in New Paltz history. By far the oldest of the bars, the big brick building on 16 North Chestnut Street once played a vital role in the social lives and entertainment of New...