The History Alliance of Kingston (HAK) introduces to the public our newest project: the Black History of the Hudson Valley Collaborative Research Project in a Zoom presentation as part of Black History Month Kingston.  You can use  this link to visit the Hudson Valley Black History Research Project web pages.

A number of Black History Kingston and Ulster County events are being coordinated by Black History Kingston, including a useful phone app.

On Feb 21st, 2022, there was an online Ulster County Historians Mini-Conference on Where Slavery Died Hard, the Forgotten History of Ulster County and the Shawangunk Mountain Region, an award winning film on slavery in Shawangunk. People wishing to view the video can see it here: or
The archive of the discussion can be viewed here:

There was  a Zoom presentation on February 24rd at 7pm, presented by Stephen Blauweiss for Black History Kingston
Black Cultural History of Ulster County: A Multimedia Presentation

There will be a series of virtual talks on celebrated vaudevillian Peg Leg Bates put on by the Ulster County Historians. The first of them was on June 2, 2022, “A conversation with Dave Davidson, director of ‘The Dancing Man – Peg Leg Bates’ ” . 
Here’s an archive of that talk:

This mini-conference is the first of several programs on Peg Leg Bates that will be offered in the
coming months growing out of a larger project anchored by a partnership between the Ulster County
Historian and the folklorist from Arts Mid-Hudson, and involving numerous other individuals and
organizations. It will culminate with a screening of the complete film in the fall.

On a similar resort-related note, here’s an upcoming talk on “Las Villas of Plattekill, June 22nd, 7 PM“.  Join author Ismael “Ish” Martinez to learn about the many Hispanic resorts that developed in the Town of Plattekill and out along Route 28, catering to the diverse Hispanic communities of the New York metropolitan area.


The History Alliance of Kingston is present in this presentation from the Ulster County Historical Society, which streamed on September 23rd 2021 at 7pm.

Expanding the Narrative in the Age of COVID
Here is the archive video of this presentation:

More videos from the Ulster County Historical Society can be watched here:

Our Mission

To bring local history to life for people of all ages through events and activities that reflect and promote a deeper understanding of the diverse social and cultural history of the Hudson Valley.

Our Goals

  • Teach a more representative history that reflects the diversity in the Hudson Valley

  • Include the public in local history activities

  • Develop and promote collaborative events 
  • Assist each other in promotion
  • Be a storyteller for the Hudson Valley

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Partner Organizations

To promote literacy through teaching and learning about the African roots experience, including history and culture, through a dynamic exchange of information, ideas and creativity.
AJ Williams-Myers African Roots Center
Presenting the history of the Rosendale Cement District, source of high quality cement from the 1830s to 1970.
Century House Historical Society
The Delaware and Hudson Canal transported the coal and cement that powered and built a lot of the 19th century structures in the USA.
The Delaware and Hudson Canal Museum
For over 55 years, FHK has continued to work to keep history alive in the landscape of Kingston by working closely with neighbors, visitors, local organizations, elected officials and government agencies.
Friends of Historic Kingston
Located on the historic Rondout waterfront, the Hudson River Maritime Museum was established in 1979 to collect, preserve, research, exhibit, and interpret a collection of historical artifacts related to the maritime heritage of the Hudson River and its tributaries. This is the only museum in New York State exclusively dedicated to this mission.
The Hudson River Maritime Museum
The Hurley Heritage Society is a non-profit, all volunteer organization which operates the Hurley Heritage Society Museum. We are dedicated to preserving for future generations the unique cultural, architectural, environmental, and historic impact of the various groups that have occupied Hurley throughout its 350 year existence.
The Hurley Heritage Society
The Reher Center, housed in a preserved 19th century family-run bread bakery, is the only museum in the Hudson Valley dedicated to the working-class and immigrant stories of the region past and present.
Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History
The 18th century home of Abraham VanGaasbeek, which served as the first meeting place for the New York State Senate in the midst of the Revolutionary War. The site includes the historic house, museum building with two floors of exhibits, and grounds.
Senate House State Historic Site
Theatre on the Road brings educational performances to schools and local theaters.
Theatre On The Road
Consists of Ulster County Archives Collection, featuring Ulster County’s historical records dating from 1658, and also manages the Matthewis Persen House Museum Cultural Heritage Center, a 1661 Dutch Colonial House, located on the historical corner of Crown and John Streets in uptown Kingston.
Ulster County Clerk’s Office
Presenting archives and exhibits on Ulster County history at the Bevier House Museum.
Ulster County Historical Society
A collection of historic fire equipment in an antique firehouse!
The Volunteer Firemen's Hall and Museum

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