About the Authors

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Susan Stessin-Cohn

Susan is a professional genealogist and a former professor of Education at SUNY New Paltz. She served as Director of Education at Historic Huguenot Street, and chair of the New Paltz Historic Land Commission. Susan co-curated several exhibits focusing on the history of the Hudson Valley on topics such as: slavery, 19th century women’s needlework, poverty and the poorhouse system, the Civil War, and the Lenape People. She is currently the Historian for the Town of New Paltz, New York and serves as chair of the New Paltz Historical Society. Susan is also an award winning quilter and currently resides in New Paltz, New York with her husband Robert where they raised their four children, Mikael, Evan, Adam and Aliyah.

Credentials

  • Certificate holder of Boston University’s Genealogical Research certificate program
  • M.S. in Education, SUNY New Paltz
  • B.S. in Anthropology, SUNY New Paltz

Awards

  • Recipient of the Bruce Dearstyne Award for excellence in the educational use of local government records.
  • The New York State Archives Award for the best use of primary local documents in NYS.
  • The Pride of Ulster County Award for research on the Ulster County Poorhouse.
  • Recipient of: NYQUIST Foundation grant; Roosa Foundation grant; IMLS grant. The IMLS grant included inventorying and re-housing a museum’s extensive historic photograph and clothing collection.

Publications

Presentations

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Ashley Hurlburt-Biagini

Ashley is the former Manager of Collections and Archives at Historic Huguenot Street, where among her varied duties she led student field schools in archaeology. She currently works with Jones Family Farms on web design and fundraising. She and Susan have curated various exhibits including: Slavery in New York; Native American History in the Hudson Valley; Nineteenth Century Women and their Needle Arts; and Nineteenth Century Mourning Customs. Ashley grew up on a dairy farm in Cuba, New York. She is an avid gardener, grows and sells garlic, teaches home food preservation classes and currently lives in Salisbury Mills, New York with her husband Tony and daughters Amelia and Lenore.

Credentials

  • B.S. in Anthropology (Archaeology) Binghamton University
  • B.A. in Studio Art (Drawing), Binghamton University

Awards

  • Art Award for Pen and Ink, Binghamton University

Presentations

  • Unmasking Selective Memory [and/or Historical Amnesia]: Images of African American History in the Hudson River Valley in their Unaltered States, SUNY New Paltz
  • Canning for Beginners

Blogs

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