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Rosendale and New Paltz oppose Pilgrim Pipelines

Rosendale and New Paltz oppose Pilgrim Pipelines

The route of the proposed Pilgrim Pipelines is “planned to go right under Perrine’s Bridge, which is the second-oldest pedestrian bridge in the state,” according to Rosendale councilwoman Jen Metzger. As the town government’s official liaison on the project as well as an organizer of the activist group Citizens for Local Power, Metzger made the...
Our towns: What the newspapers aid 100 years ago

Our towns: What the newspapers aid 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 December issues of the New Paltz Independent. If you would like to get a closer look at these newspapers of the past, visit Carol Johnson and...
French Heritage Society and Historic Huguenot Street celebrate local preservation efforts

French Heritage Society and Historic Huguenot Street celebrate local preservation efforts

On Thursday, November 19, Historic Huguenot Street hosted a visit from French Heritage Society (FHS), a non-profit dedicated to preservation, restoration and promotion of French heritage throughout the United States and France. For over a decade, FHS has supported preservation projects at Historic Huguenot Street (HHS), encompassing 30 buildings across ten acres that was the...
Town historian Stessin-Cohn is seeking  members to launch New Paltz Historical Society

Town historian Stessin-Cohn is seeking members to launch New Paltz Historical Society

“I need colleagues,” says Susan Stessin-Cohn. “I’m always working on different stuff, but I need people to work with; kindred spirits that just love history and want to get excited with me about it.” The New Paltz town historian is launching a New Paltz Historical Society. The inaugural meeting will be held on Thursday, October 8...
Historic Huguenot Street to host gravestone preservation workshop on September 19-20

Historic Huguenot Street to host gravestone preservation workshop on September 19-20

Historic Huguenot street will host a two-day gravestone preservation workshop on September 19-20 in its historic 17th-century burial ground led by monuments conservator, preservationist and teacher Jonathan Appell, founder of the New England Cemetery Service. The goal of this hands-on training workshop is to educate attendees on the various challenges and techniques of gravestone, monument...
Archaeological dig site reveals treasure trove of artifacts under Huguenot Street (with photo gallery)

Archaeological dig site reveals treasure trove of artifacts under Huguenot Street (with photo gallery)

[portfolio_slideshow id=10006] Photos by Lauren Thomas   The Huguenot settlement in New Paltz dates back to 1678. But as long ago as that seems, archeological finds at what is now Historic Huguenot Street date occupation of the area back to circa 7,000 BC, according to Dr. Joseph Diamond, associate professor of anthropology at SUNY New...
Historic house to be headquarters for Lloyd Preservation Society

Historic house to be headquarters for Lloyd Preservation Society

Scenic Hudson has given up part of its Illinois Mountain preserve, and the entire Town of Lloyd is likely to benefit from the transaction. The parcel in question is just a couple of acres, but it includes the Deyo-Schantz-Gaffney house, an historic 18th-century residence which is now on track to become the headquarters for the...
Fundraising is underway for a 9/11 memorial in New Paltz

Fundraising is underway for a 9/11 memorial in New Paltz

New Paltz is getting closer to having a 9/11 memorial park. It will be located on the grounds outside Fire Station Two on North Putt Corners Road, where there is currently a “Tree of Remembrance” planted to honor 9/11 victims. That tree was planted by New Paltz resident Butch Dener and his friend, the late...
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)

[portfolio_slideshow id=7531] 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...
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...