“By the Grace of God, Free and Independent:”
The Revolutionary War in Ulster County
Exhibition by the Curatorial Department
Through August 2, 2015
The Historic Huguenot Street Curatorial Department has developed a new exhibit in honor of the upcoming Independence Day. On display now in the DuBois Fort Visitor Center (81 Huguenot Street), “’By the Grace of God, Free and Independent:’ The Revolutionary War in Ulster County” features a selection of Revolutionary War-era documents and objects from the Historic Huguenot Street Archives and Permanent Collection.
“The Hudson Valley played a pivotal role during the Revolutionary War,” explained Curator Josephine Bloodgood. The presence of highly productive farmland and the trading network established on the Hudson River meant commanders on both sides of the conflict considered the area essential and made significant effort to control it. These efforts were felt not only in decisive battles such as Saratoga or Yorktown, but also in the daily life of Ulster County residents, which can be seen in the records they left behind. Items on display include selected personal effects of Lieutenant Colonel Johannes Jansen, Jr., an orderly book from Fort Montgomery in 1776, a bicorne hat, and New York State paper currency.
This exhibit is free and open to the public, now through Sunday, August 2. The DuBois Fort Visitor Center is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and weekends, 10 am – 5 pm; and Fridays 10 am — 8 pm.