Step Back in Time: Revolutionary War Reenactment at Persen House Museum

History buffs, take note! The Ulster County Clerk’s Office is inviting you to a unique educational experience this summer. On Saturday, June 8th, the 1st Ulster Militia, a Revolutionary War era reenactment group, will be setting up camp at the Matthewis Persen House Museum in Kingston, NY.

Free Event Offers Interactive History Lesson

This free, public event promises a fascinating glimpse into 18th-century colonial life. The 1st Ulster Militia will recreate a period encampment on the museum grounds, complete with demonstrations of essential skills from that era. Visitors can expect to see:

  • Fire-starting: Witness how colonists created fire without the convenience of modern matches or lighters.
  • Crafting demonstrations: Learn about the art of knitting and sewing from the militia members.
  • Open fire cooking: Discover how meals were prepared in the days before stoves and ovens.
  • And more!

Learn About Your Local Revolutionary War Heroes

The 1st Ulster Militia portrays the original 1st Regiment of the Ulster County Militia. These citizen soldiers, from the areas that are now Kingston, Saugerties, and Woodstock, played a vital role in the American Revolution. Through their interactive presentations, the reenactors will educate visitors about:

  • The daily lives of soldiers during the Revolutionary War
  • Social customs and practices of the colonial era
  • Essential crafts and skills needed for survival in the 18th century

Living History Comes Alive at the Persen House

Ulster County Clerk Nina Postupack emphasizes the importance of the 1st Ulster Militia to the Persen House experience. “They are living historians who bring history to life for visitors,” she says. “The authentic portrayal of colonial life they provide makes this a truly exceptional event.”

Don’t Miss This Opportunity!

The Ulster County Clerk’s Office encourages everyone to take advantage of this chance to immerse themselves in the rich history and culture of the Hudson Valley.

Event Details:

  • Date: Saturday, June 8th
  • Time: Specific event times not provided in press release
  • Location: Matthewis Persen House Museum, 74 John Street, Kingston, NY 12401 (corner of John and Crown Streets)
  • Admission: Free

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