Posted May 24, 2013

Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to take place on Saturday, May 25th at 10:15 AM

Kingston, NY - Ulster County Executive Mike Hein and Ulster County Clerk Nina Postupack invite the public to the ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening of the Matthewis Persen House on Saturday, May 25th at 10:15am.  The Persen House, located at the corner of Crown and John Streets in uptown Kingston’s historic stockade district will be open from Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend and Saturdays thereafter until mid-November. Saturday tours are planned to be provided by historical society and museum volunteers from throughout the county. “The Persen House holds a special place in the hearts of Ulster County residents and visitors,” said County Executive Mike Hein.  “There are a number of interesting tours, exhibits and events planned for the 2013 season and I invite everyone to enjoy them.  The ability to take a step back in time is a treat for the whole family.  For history enthusiast of all ages, its an absolute must see.” Nina Postupack, Ulster County Clerk is looking forward to and excited about the 2013 Persen House Season.  "We are so fortunate to have a wide variety of Ulster County Cultural and Historical Groups guest hosting at the Persen House this year!  From local Historical and Heritage Societies to period re-enactors, the 2013 Persen House Season will offer something for everyone and for all families.  Please visit  the Persen House and take a self-guided tour or join one of our knowledgeable docents for a personal tour.   There is a new exhibit that we are opening titled, Artifacts Uncovered: A Closer Look  which is a year long exhibit that features an up close and personal look at some of the artifacts found in the archaeological dig done at the House. Take a peek at a 1200 BC projectile point and see the second only known Bodkin in New York State. Explore, learn and have some fun all at the same time." There will be two season-long special exhibits: (1) Nina Postupack, the Ulster County Clerk will present Artifacts Uncovered: A Closer Look featuring an up close and personal look at some of the artifacts found in the archaeological dig done at the Persen House, including a 1200 BC projectile point and the second only known Bodkin in New York State. (2) The Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History presents Rondout Revisited an exhibit that highlights the three stages in the history of the Rondout in Kingston, New York.  There are many photographs to see and the The Reher Center will highlight the social and mercantile history of the 19th and early 20th century in the Rondout’s waterfront. The Persen House, named after its longest resident Matthewis Persen (1739-1819) and owned by Ulster County since 1914, has undergone extensive restoration since emergency repairs in 1999 revealed its historical significance.  A Historic Structure Report discovered that it was built in five phases from 1661 to 1922.  The house has witnessed the entire history of Kingston and even pre-dates the formation of Ulster County. For further information about this and other outreach programs of the Ulster County Clerk please call County Clerk Nina Postupack at 340-3040 or visit the Ulster County Alive website at www.ulstercountyalive.com.  Organizations interested in hosting tours of the facility during the upcoming season should call the Ulster County Records Center at 340-3415 or visit the Ulster County Archives online at ulstercountyny.gov/archives. Persen House Schedule 2013