The legacy of the Dutch settlers of Wiltwyck lives on at the Matthewis Persen House.  The house sits on Kingston’s historic “four corners” and was originally owned by Gysbert Van Imbroch. An inventory listing Gysbert’s possessions at the time of his death in 1665 is brought to life through illustrations of clothing, kitchen items, and other articles used in 17th century daily life. The inventory also depicts items Gysbert used in his profession as a barber-surgeon as well as his book collection, one of the largest book collections in the New World.  Step back in time with Gysbert’s Inventory.

This exhibit was made possible through a grant from the New York State Archives Records Management Improvement Fund in the 2015-2016 grant cycle.  Learn about the importance of protecting our documented history and how the Ulster County Clerk’s Office safeguards the records by viewing the short film associated with the exhibit titled The Ulster County Clerk’s Office: Keeper of the Records.

A sample of the exhibit is included here.  You can also participate in the Gysbert's Inventory Scavenger Hunt activity while visiting the Persen House.