Fri, May 13, 2022 - 4:30 pm
Department: 
CountyClerk

Kingston, NY – Ulster County Clerk Nina Postupack and Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan invite you to join them for the signing of the Executive Order creating the “Ulster County RevWar 250th Commission” in commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the Revolutionary War.  The signing will take place on Friday, May 13, 2022, at 4:30 pm at Kingston City Hall, 420 Broadway, in the Common Council Chambers.

In 2016, Congress passed H.R. 4875, creating the “United States Semiquincentennial Commission” to plan a commemoration and observance of the July 4th, 1776, Declaration of Independence. The Commission encouraged all States to form their own Semiquincentennial Commissions to help plan State-wide celebrations and commemorations of the 250th anniversary of the Revolutionary War, which New York did in July of 2021.  With the bill now signed by the Governor, New York State will be making funds available to eligible local commissions to promote events and commemorations of this momentous anniversary.

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan will be signing the Executive Order creating the “Ulster County RevWar 250th Commission” this Friday at 4:30 pm.  The commission will serve as the focal point for event planning, discussions, and everything else necessary to serve the goal of observing and commemorating the July 4, 1776, Declaration of Independence as well as the eight years of the American Revolution from 1775 to 1783, and what it means to be a free country and an “American.”  Members of the Commission, some of whom will be present for the signing, will include local historians, museum & historical society board members, cultural heritage organization leaders, educators and more.  The Commission will run from 2025 to 2033 and will ultimately terminate on November 25, 2033, on the 250th anniversary of the date when the last British troops left American soil.

“This is a special opportunity to involve our whole community in the commemoration of a pivotal moment in our country’s history, and I am proud that our commission will highlight the role of revolution and colonization in our founding and recognize the ongoing struggle of women, people of color and indigenous people, who did not receive the same inalienable rights, protections and freedoms under our founding document,” Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan said. “I want to thank our Ulster County Clerk Nina Postupack for her partnership in this important endeavor.”

Ulster County has a wealth of American Revolutionary period history.  Kingston served as the first Capital of New York State and was subsequently burned by British forces in October 1777.  This happened, in part, due to the drafting and signing of the first New York State Constitution which took place in the Ulster County Courthouse the previous April.  The first meeting of the New York State Senate in 1777 at the home of Abraham Van Gaasbeek, now known as the Senate House State Historic Site, also contributed to the British view of Kingston as a “hotbed of rebel activity.”  During the war, four important militia units were formed in Ulster County – the 1st Ulster Militia, 2nd Ulster Militia, 3rd Ulster Militia, and 4th Ulster Militia.  Even after the war, in 1783, George Washington came to Kingston to thank Ulster County for its sacrifices during the war.

“As one of the original three Dutch settlements in the United States, Ulster County’s history is vast and encompasses the entire history of our nation,” stated Ulster County Clerk Nina Postupack.  “This commission gives us an ability to share that history with the rest of the country.  We also have the opportunity to involve our youth in these commemorative events, passing on our history to the next generation.”

For further information about the Ulster County RevWar 250th Commission and other related programs, please contact County Clerk Nina Postupack at (845) 340-3040 or countyclerk[at]co.ulster.ny[dot]us or County Executive Pat Ryan at (845) 340-3800 or exec[at]co.ulster.ny[dot]us.

 

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Location: 
420 Broadway
Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: 
(845) 340-3040
Contact Address: 
Fee/admission: 
Free
Venue Name: 
Kingston City Hall Common Council Chambers