Original Document Day

Date/Time
Date(s) - 10/05/2019
10:30 am-1:30 pm

Location
MATTHEWIS PERSEN HOUSE MUSEUM

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The New York State Archives declares October “Archives Month in New York State” as an observance of the importance of archival and historical records in our lives and to our history. During the month of October archivists and archives repositories throughout the state hold special events, activities or exhibits which highlight a particular set of records, a specific time in history or facts related to the care and accessibility of records in an archive.

Most often in the exhibits curated by the County Clerk’s Office, high quality reproductions of archival documents are on display instead of the original documents, which helps to preserve the original records by not exposing them to the harmful effects of light and the fluctuation in temperature and humidity.

However, there is no denying the thrill and exhilaration of seeing and experiencing an original document. Therefore, the County Clerk is pleased to announce a new initiative, “Original Document Day”. In service to the citizens of Ulster County, the County Clerk will exhibit two original documents at the Matthewis Persen House.

The documents making their way out of the cool, climate controlled and secure archival vault to the Persen House are some of the oldest records in the Ulster County Clerk’s Archives. In September of 1665, the first resident of the Persen House, a barber-surgeon named Gysbert Van Imbroch, ordered that an inventory be taken of his belongings upon his death. Within two weeks of Van Imbroch’s passing, a public auction was held to sell his property. For this one day only the original Dutch and English translations of the auction will be displayed for public viewing at the very location where the items were once located over 350 years ago.

 

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