Delve into our celebrated past


There are so many fascinating activities that are part of Ulster County Cultural Heritage Week that you might be having a hard time figuring out how to fill out your schedule. Even if you packed in the events from sunrise to sunset every day of the week, you’d still be unable to see it all. But while you might be making some tough decisions while filling out your dance card, one event that you should really consider putting near the top of your list is the “Tour of the Documented Treasures of Ulster County.”

Curated by Ulster County Clerk Nina Postupack, the event will showcase many historic records, including the 1665 treaty between governor Richard Nicolls and the Sopes Indians, a significant document in the history of the county. Also included in the tour are the Order by director-general Peter Stuyvesant to build the stockade in Kingston, the Wampum Belt and more.

The Tour of the Documented Treasures of Ulster County is housed in the Ulster County Records Center on Foxhall Avenue in Kingston and will be open from Monday, September 19 through Friday, September 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information contact Nina Postupack at the Ulster County Clerk’s Office at (845) 340-3040 or npos@co.ulster.ny.us, or log onto www.co.ulster.ny.us/archives.

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Ulster County Cultural Heritage Week runs from September 18 to 25, and will run the gamut of industrial, agricultural and political history. For more information, call the Ulster County Department of Tourism at (845) 340-3566 or log on to https://www.ulstertourism.info/. Here’s a list of the many events that are part of this week of all things historical:

Celebrating Saugerties: 1811-2011: The grand opening of this exhibit at the Saugerties Library will be held on Tuesday, September 20 at 10 a.m., and consist of material from the Ulster County Archives about the Town of Saugerties.

Ashokan Center in Olivebridge (https://www.ashokancenter.org). The Center will offer a free Gorge Hike and Mill Ruins Tour with a discussion of human activity on the historic property on Saturday, September 17 at 10 a.m.

Byrdcliffe Arts Colony in Woodstock (https://ulsterpub.staging.wpengineguild.org). Take Byrdcliffe’s last studio tour of the year and meet the artists in its 2011 Artist in Residence Program, view their work, and enjoy a potluck buffet at the Viletta Inn in the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony on Saturday 9/17 from 3:30 to 7 p.m. There will also be a guided walking tour of the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony, including a look at the historic building White Pines, the ceramics and jewelry studios and the woodworking workshop on Saturday 9/24. While you’re there, take a look at Quick, Down & Dirty, Byrdcliffe’s outdoor exhibition of local artists’ works on the grounds of White Pines.

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