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Historical Society of Shawangunk & Gardiner

2019 Programs and Society Information

Most meetings will be held in the Historica Society Meeting Hall at 5 Main Street, Wallkill, NY
(Knights of Pythias Metting Hall)

Free to all - Light Refreshments Served

2019 Spring Programs
Wednesday April 3, 2019



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Presentation: Where Slavery Died Hard – Ulster County

Meeting:  – Wednesday  April 3, 2019  @  7 PM

Location: Historical Society Meeting Hall (Knights of Pythias Hall) at 5 Main Street in Wallkill 12589

The Historical Society of Shawangunk & Gardner will present the award-winning documentary video:
 “Where Slavery Died Hard: The Forgotten History of Ulster County and the Shawangunk Mountain Region.”

Produced by the Cragsmoor Historical Society and co-authored by archaeologists/historical preservation consultants Wendy E. Harris and Arnold Pickman.

The video is a reconsideration of the area’s slaveholding past, a history beginning in the mid-1600s and extending over 160 years, until ended by an act of the state legislature in the 1820s.

The focus is on Ulster County and its rural hinterlands, with special emphasis upon the Town of Shawangunk and the Town of Wawarsing.

The experiences of both enslaved and enslavers are featured as well as visual evidence of their lives and labors, still surviving in the present-day landscape.

The information presented draws upon primary documents, archaeological fieldwork, surveys of local historic architecture, as well as the insights of contemporary scholars and researchers. It has received awards from both the Greater Hudson Heritage Network and the Museum Association of New York. In bestowing their award, the latter described the video as “engaging and revelatory” and “…takes an impressive step towards telling difficult stories.”

Archaeologist and Historical Preservationist Wendy Harris will be attending to present and answer questions.


Free to all – light refreshments provided

For more information contact: Harold Van Aken 845-895-3321







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