Local History

What the local newspaper said 100 years ago

What the local newspaper said 100 years ago

The ‘‘Our town’’ column is compiled each month by Carol Johnson of the Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection. The entries have been copied from the July issues of the New Paltz Independent. To get a closer look at these newspapers of the past, visit the staff of the Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection at the Elting Memorial Library at 93 Main Street in New Paltz, or call 255-5030.

D&H Canal launches virtual programs

D&H Canal launches virtual programs

Where is Our Historian? follows staff historian Bill Merchant’s exploration of the remains of the 108-mile D&H Canal from Honesdale, PA to the Rondout in Kingston. The D&H Canal Virtual Museum is a tour that highlights the exhibits in the current museum. You can ask questions every Sunday at 2 p.m. on the D&H Facebook Live show, Sunday Afternoons With Our Historian.

Historic Huguenot digital initiatives

Historic Huguenot digital initiatives

Joining other institutions, Historic Huguenot Street has launched a new online programming initiative that includes videos, hands-on activities, special deals from the museum shop, and new ways to participate and explore its exhibitions, archives and collection.

Distance-learning in the ‘50s

Distance-learning in the ‘50s

This is not the first time that Highland Central School District has been closed for a pandemic and had to turn to “distance learning” to keep their students engaged in their schoolwork. During a pandemic in 1957 that closed their schools for a period of time, a two-cent stamp and a postcard served as their distance learning tools during the closure.