The Burning of Kingston
October 18-19, 2019
Mayor Steve Noble is
pleased to announce that the Burning of Kingston commemoration has been
scheduled for October 18-19, 2019. The City of Kingston will be sponsoring and
supporting the two-day event, which will include: reenactments of colonial
life, cemetery tours, historical lectures, documentary screening, and children’s
games like the beloved Bucket Brigade at the Volunteer Firemen’s Museum.
The City will be working with local organizations and historic sites to present a family-friendly and historically accurate commemorative event.
The 2019 Burning of Kingston schedule:
6:30pm Welcome and Introduction
by Paul O’Neill, U.C. Commissioner of Jurors at the Old Dutch Church
of the Burning of Kingston Documentary at the Old Dutch Church
11:00am-4:00pm List of Sufferers: a Friends of Historic Kingston Special
Exhibit at the Fred J. Johnston House
11:00am-4:00pm Tours at the Old Dutch Church
18th Century Autumn Festival at the Senate House
10:00am-2:00pm Harambee and Kingston Land Trust Special Exhibit at the Matthewis Persen House
12:30pm Seen but Not Heard: Slavery in Ulster County During the Revolution talk with Rev. Evelyn
Clarke and Reynolds Scott-Childress at the Matthewis Persen House
Volunteer Firemen’s Museum Bucket Brigade
3:00pm Burning Memories: John Jay,
Kingston, & the Legacies of the American Revolution lecture by
Robb K. Haberman at the Old Dutch Church
on the Road’s Living History Cemetery Tour at the Old Dutch Church
7:30pm Colonial Ball Beginner's Instruction - free dance lessons provided at the Old Dutch Church
Grand Ball at the Old Dutch Church, Bethany Hall
See the interactive map for locations: www.kingston-ny.gov/burningmap
“One of the things that makes the burning
of Kingston such a unique moment in history, was not the battle or the fire
itself, but the rebuilding that the community did after,” said Mayor Noble.
“This year’s Burning of Kingston will be a great opportunity for area residents
and visitors to learn about the history and to also celebrate how the first
capital came together to rebuild the City and its community.”
Young History Buffs & Writing Enthusiasts: The City of Kingston is partnering with Kingston Times for a writing contest! The winner will have their work printed in the Kingston Times newspaper. The contest is open to youth ages 9-13 who live in the Kingston City School District. (Entrants can also be private or parochial school students, or be homeschooled students.)
Entries can be an essay, a poem or a fictional story related to the 1777 burning of Kingston by British troops. Be creative and imaginative — the piece of writing can be about the burning itself, the people living in and around Kingston at the time or the rebuilding afterwards. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 11.
The winning piece of writing will be printed in the Oct. 17 edition of the Kingston Times and the winner will also get a certificate from the mayor and be invited to City Hall to get a tour from the mayor and visit the mayor’s office. Entries can be emailed to [email protected], or dropped off or mailed to Ulster Publishing, attn. Dan Barton, 322 Wall St., Kingston, NY 12401.
Interested in volunteering for the event? Contact Summer Smith at 845-334-3945 or [email protected].
Businesses interested in supporting the 2019 Burning of Kingston can participate in the window decorating contest, create a special Bok offer, or any other ideas you might have! Participating businesses will get a BoK window decal. Questions? Contact Adrielle Farr, Director
of Art and Cultural Affairs at 845-334-3929 or [email protected]
Much more info and ways to get involved at: