Browse Exhibits (30 total)

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.

Kingston--The IBM Years


Kingston--The IBM Years looks at some of IBM's great achievements during its 40-year stay in Kingston. But just as important, it focuses on the people who worked there and the lives that they made for themselves. Kingston—The IBM Years also examines IBM's impact on the built environment of the city and surrounding town's forty years of new houses, schools, other civic and religious buildings, as well as commercial structures like the shopping centers that came to dominate the region.

Lost Hamlets of the Rondout Reservoir


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.

Mary Deyo

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In 1888, Mary Deyo of Gardiner, NY joined a mission in Yokohama, Japan and taught in an all-girls school. This exhibit uses her collection of papers to explore and compare parts of life in the United States to life in Japan.

Mary Powell: Queen of the Hudson


Built in 1861, decommissioned in 1917, and scrapped between 1920 and 1926, the Mary Powell remained a Hudson Valley constant during a period of incredible social and technological change in the United States. She saw the duration of the Civil War, the industrial revolution, the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, and the start of the First World War. Called "Queen of the Hudson" before construction was even completed, the Mary Powell became an iconic symbol of "America's Rhine." Operated for most of her career by one enterprising family - the Andersons - Mary Powell also represented the best of Hudson River travel - the speed, elegance, safety, and attention to detail that made travel by water preferable for many throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries.

New Paltz in the Civil War


This exhibit includes the entire 1863 New Paltz Enrollment Book and its transcription, a consideration of conscription laws, an examination of particular New Paltz regiments, a partial list of Civil War veterans buried at the New Paltz Rural Cemetery, and a look through the eyes of individuals who experienced the war.

Poverty in Early New Paltz

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This exhibit is a study of the history of poverty and social welfare in the town of New Paltz, New York. The 1805 Overseer of the Poor Ledger is included with additional documents dating from 1767-1827.

Quilts of Historic Huguenot Street


This exhibit features quilts, created using a variety of quilting techniques, from the collection at Historic Huguenot Street.

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


This exhibit 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.

Rising Time: Artifacts from the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History

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In Rising Time, the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History presents artifacts collected from one building to tell twin stories of continuity and change in Kingston's Rondout community between the 1870s and 2004. The exhibit marks the culmination of a major project taken place during the summer of 2017, to research and catalog the Reher Center's collection of over 5,000 artifacts. This research was an integral step toward the Center's eventual goal of converting the historic site into an immersive site-specific museum.