HHS Educational Essay
Take home a piece of Huguenot Street with these Educational Essays highlighting prior Exhibits.
Marking the Occasion:
The brochure, Marking the Occasion, was prepared in conjunction with a 2016 exhibit centered on 17th- and 18th-century Dutch silver spoons from the collections of George Way and Jonathan Z. Friedman. The checklist of these ornate and fascinating objects and accompanying remarks were prepared by Kevin Tierney, Silver Consultant for Sotheby’s. The brochure also includes many detail photographs of the spoons and remarks by collector George Way.
Provincial Exile: The Banishment of Roelof Josiah Eltinge from the Paltz is an essay that explores the revolutionary war era in New Paltz through the life of a suspected loyalist. While there were no battles fought in the village of New Paltz during the Revolutionary War, the fight against the British would drastically alter the life of one person. Roelof Josiah Eltinge’s troubles began in 1776, when he refused to accept Continental currency in his storefront at the house we now call Bevier-Elting. He was imprisoned throughout the war as a suspected British loyalist. The brochure features the essay, written by Collections Manager Ashley Trainor, complemented with a timeline of events, written by Archivist/Librarian Carrie Allmendinger, both which draw upon primary documents from the HHS Permanent Collection, including a diary kept by Roelof Josiah Eltinge through his imprisonment.
This 3000-word essay focuses on the life of John Hasbrouck, born to an enslaved woman and considered to be the first African American eligible to vote in New Paltz. The archival record of John Hasbrouck’s life is abundant compared to that of most African Americans from this period. Born in 1806, John was listed as an infant in the Town’s Registry of Slaves. At some point in his youth, he learned to read and write and two personal account books relay fascinating details of his daily life after emancipation in 1827. The essay by Josephine Bloodgood, HHS Director of Curatorial and Preservation Affairs, draws on primary documents in the HHS archives, the Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection at the Elting Memorial Library, the Records of the Reformed Church of New Paltz, and Records of the Town of New Paltz, including the New Paltz Register of Slaves (1799-1825) and New Paltz’s 1859 voter registration list.