On Display: “Provincial Exile: Roelof Josiah Eltinge’s Banishment from the Paltz”

Provincial Exile: Roelof Josiah Eltinge’s Banishment from the Paltz
On Display Through August 9, 2017

Historic Huguenot Street has curated a new exhibit entitled Provincial Exile: Roelof Josiah Eltinge’s Banishment from the Paltz, now on display at the DuBois Visitor Center (81 Huguenot Street) through June 27, 2017.

While there were no battles fought in the village of New Paltz during the Revolutionary War, the fight against the British would drastically alter the life of one person. Roelof Josiah Eltinge’s troubles began in 1776, when he refused to accept Continental currency in his storefront at the house we now call Bevier-Elting.

According to resolutions passed by the New York Provincial Congress in 1775, those who refused currency issued by either the Continental or Provincial Congress were to be imprisoned and treated as enemies. Eltinge was thus brought before the Ulster County Committee of Safety (charged by the Provincial Congress with suppressing Tories), which imprisoned and then exiled him from Ulster County until the end of the war in 1783.

The exhibit Provincial Exile: Roelof Josiah Eltinge’s Banishment from the Paltz explores the revolutionary era in New Paltz through the life of Roelof Josiah Eltinge and features documentation of his imprisonment and his diary, all drawn from the Historic Huguenot Street Permanent Collection and Archives.

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