Nina Postupack, County Clerk

Educators Page

Couldn't you use a field trip?

Consider bringing your students to the Ulster County Archives.

hall of ecordsThe Office of the Ulster County Clerk is dedicated to the educational use of the historic records stored in the vault of the Records Center. As an educator, you can help the office fulfill its mission by arranging for a guided tour of the facility for you and your students.

The Record Center consists of the vast Hall of Records for the storage and retrieval of Micrographicsinactive records, the Micrographics Department for the reformatting of original materials to film or digital media, and the Archival Vault for the super-secure storage of irreplaceable high-value documents dating from 1658.

Tours can be designed to meet your needs. Archival VaultDocuments specific to your curricula may be available for display. To discuss how the staff of the Records Management Program can make your visit interesting, informative, and fun call (845) 340-3415 and speak to Deputy County Clerk, Laurie Hancock or Archival Processing Technician, Ken Gray.

Our Online Resources

We have great resources available right here on the Ulster County Archives web site. Be sure to check out the following:

Our Documents - Images of original significant historical documents and their transcriptions.

Online Exhibits - Great old maps, documents saved from the 1777 Burning of Kingston, land acquisition for the building of the Ashokan Reservoir and much more!

Our Database - We have indexes of documents stored in the archives and searchable transcriptions of hundreds of documents.

activities to download

Coloring bookColonial Kingston Coloring Book

download full document 28 pages, pdf format 18Mb
download first 14 pages, pdf format 8.7Mb
download last 14 pages, pdf format 9.1Mb

Illustrations and text about the history of Kingston, New York from 1609 to 1784. The Coloring Book is posted here with permission from the former Stockade Committee at the Friends of Historic Kingston, Florette Myers, Chair.

crossword puzzleArchives Crossword Activity Packet

3 pages, pdf format 305k

Includes a crossword puzzle, answer clues and an archival questions page featuring Mr. History. Developed by summer intern Stacey Noble in 2002.

The Richard Nicolls/
Esopus Indian Treaty
of 1665

24 pages, pdf format, 2.8Mb

Text and images from a local history publication about a treaty between English Governor Richard Nicolls and the Sachems (or Chiefs) of the Sopes Indians dated October 7, 1665.

teaching packets

Packets are available here for download; bound copies are available from the Archives Office.

When Cultures CollideWhen Cultures Collide -The Story of the
Esopus Natives and
Their Encounter with
European Colonialism
in Ulster County

This curriculum consists of fourteen (14) Lesson Plans, which are based on pre-written history artifacts and historical documents.  Each lesson plan provides teachers and students with Document-Based Questions (DBQ). 

The lesson plans are arranged chronologically, with the first lesson plan discussing the earliest ancestors of the Lenape Nation.  The first six activities use artifacts as the primary documents from which the activities have been created.  Lesson Plan Three, titled, “Archeology Field School”, includes a CD-ROM documenting several archeological excavations in Ulster County.  In addition, the CD-ROM contains several slides with images of local Native pottery, beads and projectile points. 

Who'll Weep for Me - A Teacher's Guide to The Rise of the Poorhouse System in Ulster County

A complete bound version is also available from the Archives Office. A teaching packet curriculum appropriate for fourth, fifth, seventh and eighth grades. The curriculum gives students an opportunity to examine and interpret archival documents that reveal the social and economic circumstances of those relegated to the Ulster County Poorhouse in the nineteenth century. ribbon

This publication earned Ulster County the 2004 Annual Archives Award for Excellence in the Educational Use of Local Government Records from the New York State Board of Regents and the New York State Archives.

Builders of Ulster County - coverThe Builders of Ulster County - A Curriculum on the History of Immigration

A teaching packet curriculum appropriate for grades fourth through eighth.  The curriculum addresses the need to study immigration while developing ELA and mathematical skills in real contexts.  Students use real documents to follow the collective history of the region and the unique journeys of individuals who came to Ulster County seeking a better life.


We are pleased to be able to share with you some web sites that will assist you in teaching with primary documents and provide you with additional resources for your classroom...

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Resources about primary sources, activities and training for educators and students

Library of Congress
Lessons, features, activities, and tips and tricks for using their collections in your classroom

Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies
Lesson Plans, quality educational resources & access “Smithsonian Source” resources for teaching American history

New York State Archives - Educational Resources
A variety of resources for educators

New York State Archives - Document Showcase
is a regular feature that highlights topics from State history from the New York State Archives. Each Showcase includes sample documents, an historical Sketch and links to educational activities for classroom use.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
Teaching with Documents Packet & a Written Document Analysis Worksheet are available

Council of State Archivists
Links for Primary Sources available from Federal Agencies & various State Archives

New York Historical Society
Teacher resources, curriculum materials and how to use information

The Cornell Institute for African Development (IAD)
Global history and geography information, third grade resources as well as curriculum kits

Information regarding DBQ’s and additional links for DBQ information

New York History Net
Classroom resources available by location in New York State plus online exhibits

New York State Education Department, Elementary Middle Secondary & Continuing Education
Two DBQ courses are available

Nassau County Boces
An Internet Hotlist on Document Based Questions

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