The exhibit Jane Deyo Wynkoop is presented by Historic Huguenot Street (HHS) and curated by Josephine Bloodgood, HHS Director of Curatorial and Preservation Affairs.
The curator is especially grateful for the knowledge and dedication of Carol Johnson, Coordinator of the Haviland Heidgerd Historical Collection (HHHC), Elting Memorial Library, which helped to make this exhibit possible. Thanks as well to Carrie Allmendinger, HHS Archivist and Librarian, and Ashley Campone, HHS Collections Manager, 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 Margaret Stanne at HHHC, Mary Lee at HHS, 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.
Much of this research was completed in preparation for an exhibit entitled “Never was a slave” Jacob Wynkoop, Free and Black in 19th-Century New Paltz, installed at the DuBois Fort Visitor Center, Historic Huguenot Street, in 2019. The expanded version of that exhibit was launched online August 13, 2020 (click here to view).