Cul­tural Her­itage Week runs through Oct. 30

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - Mid-Hud­son News Net­work

The sixth an­nual event will in­clude ex­hibits on dis­play at the Mathewis Persen House in Up­town Kingston.

Ul­ster County’s sixth an­nual Cul­tural Her­itage Week starts Fri­day and will in­clude a num­ber of new ex­hibits on dis­play at the Mathewis Persen House in Up­town Kingston.

County Clerk Nina Pos­tu­pack said at a kick­off event Wed­nes­day that the 25 par­tic­i­pat­ing groups will highlight the rich history of the county.

“Cul­tural Her­itage Week is a way of [show­ing] off our history, here in Ul­ster County, through­out all the dif­fer­ent his­tor­i­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions, cul­tural groups and re­ally do­ing a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort to say to tourists, to the peo­ple of the county, this is what our history is about and this is how rich we are in the history of Ul­ster County,” sad Pos­tu­pack said.

Among the news ex­hibits at the Persen House will be “Women of Note,” in honor of the cen­ten­nial of women’s suf­frage, and one about Mathewis Persen, the first in­hab­i­tant of the house. In­cluded will be all of Persen’s records in Dutch, the na­tive tongue of the first set­tlers in the Kingston.

The Persen House is at 74 John St., at the cor­ner of Crown Street.

County Ex­ec­u­tive Michael Hein said the pres­ence of the state’s first cap­i­tal, Kingston, within Ul­ster County not only pro­vides in­sight to tourists re­gard­ing the for­ma­tive years of the na­tion but also has made the county a leader in tourist ac­tiv­ity, sur­pass­ing neigh­bor­ing Dutchess County in tourism eco­nomic im­pact.

“It’s not only an in­cred­i­ble place that we have, and an in­cred­i­ble history that helped shape our coun­try, but it’s also a huge part of our econ­omy, a $532 mil­lion tourism econ­omy, and big por­tions of that are his­toric tourism that comes to our com­mu­nity all across Ul­ster County,” Hein said.

Cul­tural Her­itage Week runs through Oct. 30. In­for­ma­tion about ex­hibits and events across the county is avail­able on­line at ul­ster­countyalive.com.

TA­NIA BARRICKLO — DAILY FREE­MAN

The Persen House in Up­town Kingston, shown here on Thurs­day, is host­ing an ex­hibit called ‘Women of Note’ as part of Ul­ster County’s sixth an­nual Cul­tural Her­itage Week, which runs from Oct. 21 to 30. Mathewis

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