Ulster County Clerk Nina Postupack Announces Opening of 2023 Matthewis Persen House Museum Season with 1st Ulster Militia
Kingston, NY - Ulster County Clerk Nina Postupack is thrilled to announce the opening of the Matthewis Persen House Museum & Cultural Heritage Center's 2023 season on Saturday, May 27th, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Persen House, located at 74 John St, Kingston, NY 12401, at the corner of Crown and John Streets in uptown Kingston's Stockade National Historic District, will be open to the public every Thursday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., through Labor Day weekend. Afterward, the Persen House will open on Saturdays only from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. until closing for the season on October 29.
Join the 1st Ulster Militia on opening day, as they recreate an 18th-century colonial encampment at the Persen House, complete with demonstrations of fire-starting, knitting, sewing, open fire cooking, and more! The original 1st Regiment, Ulster County Militia was composed of citizen soldiers from the area now within the boundaries of Kingston, Saugerties, and Woodstock. Members of the militia promote the education of the public on military and social life during the colonial and Revolutionary War eras through demonstrations of everyday crafts and skills and the typical life of the militiaman.
"The 1st Ulster Militia has become an integral part of the Persen House experience. They are living historians who engage visitors and give them an interactive experience with history,” stated County Clerk Nina Postupack. "We are so fortunate to have a wide variety of Ulster County historical and cultural groups guest hosting at the Persen House this year. This season's schedule is packed with family-friendly events, including re-enactments, music, colonial games, and more. We are also excited to have a lineup of fantastic lectures and special exhibits throughout the season, including the season-long Africans in America and Antiquity exhibit by TransArt."
In addition to the exciting events and exhibits, visitors to the Persen House Museum can explore the history and culture of the Hudson Valley region, learn about the important role the occupants of the house played in early Kingston, and enjoy a variety of interactive exhibits and activities.
We encourage everyone to visit the Persen House Museum this season and experience the rich history and culture of the Hudson Valley for themselves. For further information about the Matthewis Persen House Museum and other outreach programs of the Ulster County Clerk's Office, please contact County Clerk Nina Postupack at (845) 340-3040 or countyclerk[at]co.ulster.ny[dot]us. You can also visit us on Facebook for updates and announcements.