2020 LIVING HISTORY TOUR
The Old Dutch Church in Kingston, New York
6th Annual Living History Cemetery Tour
Elsie and Sadie Reher
This year we presented seven characters. The spirits who made appearances in October 2020 represented six different time periods between 1659 and 1910.
Calvert Vaux: An architect and sensitive soul who helped design Central Park and such Hudson Valley estates as Fredrick Church's Olana and Matthew Vassar's Springside.
Emily Crane Chadbourne: An art collector who donated "truck loads" of art to the Art Institute of Chicago, spent two decades in London and Paris, and eventually settled in Stone Ridge. During her time in London and Paris, Chadbourne befriended such figures as Gertrude Stein and Henri Matisse.
Jenny: A woman who was enslaved by the Hasbrouck family during the American Revolution. Come let Jenny regale you with how she toiled and eventually escaped to freedom.
Rachel Hasbrouck: The daughter of Jonathan Hasbrouck who brought family's valuables to her father's childhood home outside of New Paltz during the American Revolution. Although she ultimately made it to safety, she ran into some trouble along the way.
Elsie and Sadie Reher: The daughters of Jewish immigrants who worked in their parents' bakery on the Rondout in Kingston. Come and hear their story of the power of hard work and of a part of Kingston that once was.
Abigail: A woman of many lives who comes to us from the 18th century to speak on the subject, "What death teaches us about life".
Cemetery Tour Video
For only $10 we will email a one hour video of our 2020 cemetery tour. All you need is a credit card and the tour is yours - anytime and anywhere!
Our October 2020 living history tours at the Old Dutch Church in Kingston were a big success. Our supporters and guests included local residents, both young and senior, and visitors from far and wide. Everyone played it safe in this era of COVID-19 and the characters and themes we presented were welcomed by all.
Emily Crane Chadbourne
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Theatre on the Road
17 Villa Bianco Rd
Rosendale, NY 12472
"Your script closely adhered to the historical facts and timeline, and proved to be very entertaining. It brought to life the prominent characters of an amazing period of growth and prosperity in Kingston, and will provide a basis for discussion of the main players of that time. The Friends of Historic Kingston is appreciative for your considerable effort and success in "Bringing Kingston's History Alive!"
- Peter Roberts, President Friends of Historic Kingston
"What a fun event! I was sad when it was over. I wanted to hear more stories of the people who once walked the same Kingston streets that we do! GO SEE THIS ! It is definitely family friendly. It's not a "spooky" tour. It's historical."
-MARY TARCZA, Kingston, NY
Your living history tour was very enjoyable! I especially liked "Jenny" and the character, Calvert Vaux! Learned some new information through this performance that I wasn't aware of before! (and I love learning new things!)
- Peggy Kremer, Highland, NY
"We had a wonderful time and I actually learned tons! Always something different and educational."
-Dana Page, Rhinecliff, NY
"I loved that you all knew so much about the characters you were portraying and improvised when asked questions. It know you have to keep the audience moving, but it was nice to be able to get in a question or two after each monologue."
- Carol Landis, Kingston, NY