2017 Friends of Historic Kingston Annual Meeting
The Friends of Historic Kingston invite you to attend its annual meeting in the Old Dutch Church’s Bethany Hall on Sunday, April 9th, 2017 at 2 pm. Please use the Wall Street entrance.
After the annual meeting, Robert Yasinsac and Thomas Rinaldi will present a lecture entitled, “Hudson Valley Ruins.” The pair have authored a book, Hudson Valley Ruins: Forgotten Landmarks of an American Landscape, which studies the region’s forgotten cultural treasures. In addition to great river estates, the book profiles sites more meaningful to everyday life in the Valley: churches and hotels, commercial and civic buildings, mills and train stations. Included are works by some of the most important names in American architectural history, such as Alexander Jackson Davis and Calvert Vaux. Mr. Yasinsac and Mr. Rinaldi will be available after the lecture to sign copies of their book.
8th Annual Kingston Clean Sweep
The Eighth Annual Kingston Clean Sweep will take place on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 9:00 am to noon. Volunteers will pick up litter lying along the “Kingston Corridor” from the railroad crossing on Washington Avenue through the uptown business district, down Broadway to the Rondout waterfront, as well as on some side streets. The Kingston Clean Sweep is sponsored by the Friends of Historic Kingston with support from the City of Kingston and numerous other business, service and civic organizations, schools, churches and individual volunteers. This year, the event coincides with the City of Kingston – “Clean up the Parks” program.
Each group or individual is assigned a section of the “Sweep Corridor” and is supplied with trash bags and plastic gloves donated by local businesses. Volunteers are asked to bring their own rakes and brooms. Filled bags are placed on the curb and picked up by the City of Kingston Department of Public Works immediately following the event.
Some of the participating organizations for this year’s Clean Sweep include the Friends of Historic Kingston, Junior League of Kingston, Kingston High School, Kingston Rotary, Kingston Uptown Business Association, Ulster Garden Club, Young Ulster Professionals, Rondout Rowing Club and Ward Four.
Last year, approximately 250 volunteers from students to senior citizens picked up almost 4,000 pounds of trash and 11 cubic yards of pounds of litter, yard waste and metal materials. Any group or individual who wishes to volunteer can contact Friends of Historic Kingston at (845) 339-0720, or email email@example.com.
Treasures from the Collection
The 2017 exhibit displayed in the Friends of Historic Kingston Gallery
This year’s exhibit features recent acquisitions including World War I memorabilia from the family of William Anderson Carl, to commemorate the centennial of the Great War, and a pair of portraits by John Vanderlyn, Elder, of General George Henry Sharpe and his parents.
The gallery is open Fridays and Saturdays 11 am – 4 pm, May through October.
Fred J. Johnston House Tour, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 am – 4 pm from May – October:
A guided tour of a c.1812 Federal style house featuring a private collection of 18th and early 19th century American furnishings and decorative arts in eight elegant room settings as arranged by noted 20th century antiques dealer Fred J. Johnston, an ardent preservationist.
Fee: $10 adult; $2 child under 16. Free to Friends of Historic Kingston (FHK) members.
Stockade National Historic District Walking Tour, First Saturday of the Month, May – October
Enjoy a guided walking tour of the largest intact early Dutch settlement in New York State and the neighborhood where New York State was born in 1777. View a treasury of centuries-old architecture as you walk the heart of the original stockade village of Kingston whose street plan was designed by Provincial-Governor Peter Stuyvesant in 1658. View a large cluster of native limestone houses built by descendants of the early settlers. Visit the courthouse site where the New York State Constitution was drafted, and the grave site of George Clinton, New York’s first elected governor, in the Old Dutch Church burying ground. The tour concludes with a visit to the interior of the circa 1812 Fred J. Johnston House.
Fee: $10 adult; $5 child under 16. Free to Friends of Historic Kingston (FHK) members, departing at 1 pm from the FHK Gallery, corner of Wall and Main Streets. Group or private tours can be arranged by special appointment: (845) 339-0720.
Rondout National Historic District Walking Tour, Last Saturday of the Month, May – October
Hear how immigrants and entrepreneurs transformed farmland into a thriving maritime village that mushroomed during the era when Rondout was the terminus for the Delaware and Hudson Canal that opened in 1828. View the rich legacy of commercial buildings, cast-iron storefronts, homes and churches built by the many nationalities that emigrated to Rondout, and hear about the personalities who played key roles in the development of Kingston’s waterfront district. Some uphill walking is involved.
Fee: $10 adult; $5 child under 16. Free to FHK members, departing at 1 pm from the Heritage Area Visitors Center, 20 Broadway. Group or private tours can be arranged by special appointment: (845) 339-0720