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Kingston Area History

Explore the Rich History of Kingston, NY and surrounding area

Kingston Happenings is proud to publish a collection of information about the history of the Kingston area. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive resource for residents, new and old, as well as visitors, who are interested in learning about the rich and diverse history of our community.

Our website includes a general outline of area history, a directory of museums and historical locations, and a listing of local history related events. We also feature articles of specific interest from local authors on an ongoing basis.

You can become a Kingston Area history buff by exploring all of these opportunities and going to our “Learn Our History” section  to learn all about our past by clicking here.     

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Upcoming History Events

Snyder Estate Hours

Snyder Estate Hours

Sun, Jun 23, 2024    
10:00 am-6:00 pm
The Snyder Estate is open from 10 am – 4 pm every day, for self guided tours, unless there’s an event or rented out. The [...]
Hudson River Maritime Museum

Hudson River Maritime Museum

Located on the Rondout Creek, Kingston, NY. Thursday-Sunday, 11:00am-5:00pm
Trolley Museum of New York

Trolley Museum of New York

We have started our 2024 Season. We are in operation on weekends, 12pm to 5pm (last trolley trip at 4pm) until late October. Please click [...]
Hurley Heritage Museum Exhibits

Hurley Heritage Museum Exhibits

We invite you to visit our returning exhibits; Hurley Post Offices 1837 to present, and Exploring the Myths and Reality of Eagle’s Nest. In addition, [...]

Latest Articles

Help Create New Wurts Street Bridge Time Capsule This Weekend

From Kingstonwire This weekend city residents will have a chance to make their mark on history with The Time Capsule pop-up event at the Hudson River Maritime Museum. The interactive exhibit will give viewers a chance to check out the results of a months-long project to collect writings, photographs and artifacts — and make their […]

“Songs of the Irish Brigade” at the Matthewis Persen House Museum

Veterans in a New Field to Perform Civil War Songs at Matthewis Persen House The Ulster County Civil War Roundtable will present a concert by Veterans in a New Field on Saturday, June 10 at 2:00 PM at the Matthewis Persen House in Kingston. The event is free and open to the public. Veterans in […]

“Living History” presented by Theatre on the Road at the Matthewis Persen House Museum

Ulster County Clerk Nina Postupack is pleased to welcome Theatre on the Road to the Matthewis Persen House on Saturday, July 16 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm for the first of several Living History programs this season.  The house is located at 74 John Street in uptown Kingston, at the historic intersection of John and Crown Streets. […]

Theatre on the Road presents DRACULA, the original Broadway version in the Widow Jane Mine

Theatre on the Road, a traveling company based in Rosendale, New York, will produce and stage Dracula at the Widow Jane Mine in Rosendale on Friday, September 30th at 7 pm and Saturday, October 1st and Sunday, October 2nd at 3 pm. Written by Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston, has been described by Newsweek […]

Reher Center Hosts Sustainable Fashion Event, Promotes Clothing Donations

On Saturday, August 20, Rondout’s Reher Center will celebrate sustainable fashion with an afternoon of free programming. The latest in a season of exciting community offerings, this event will feature workshops, hands-on activities for families, and access to the popular Sewing in Kingston exhibition. Visitors are also encouraged to bring lightly-worn clothing and shoes that […]

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