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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-IR5_f9V6U or https://www.cragsmoorhistoricalsociety.com/slavery-film.
The archive of the discussion can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mc8xUv-z26s
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zj8qD9hgbjU
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.