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    Welcome to the City of Kingston, NY

    Kingston, dating to the arrival of the Dutch in 1652, is a vibrant city with rich history and architecture, was the state's first capital, and a thriving arts community. City Hall is in the heart of the community at 420 Broadway, and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except July & August (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).  Come tour our historic City, with restaurants that are among the region's finest, and local shopping that promises unique finds.

    Historic Churches

    Kingston is home to many historic churches. The oldest church still standing is the First Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Kingston which was organized in 1659. Referred to as The Old Dutch Church, it is located in Uptown Kingston. Many of the city's historic churches populate Wurts street (6 in one block) among them Hudson Valley Wedding Chapel is a recently restored church built in 1867 and now a chapel hosting weddings. Another church in the Rondout is located at 72 Spring Street. Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church was founded in 1849. The original church building at the corner of Hunter Street and Ravine Street burned to the ground in the late 1850s. The current church on Spring Street was built in 1874.

    Kingston, NY

    Kingston became New York's first capital in 1777, and was burned by the British on October 13, 1777, after the Battles of Saratoga. In the 19th century, the city became an important transport hub after the discovery of natural cement in the region, and had both railroad and canal connections.

    Kingston, NY

    The town of Rondout, New York, now a part of the city of Kingston, became an important freight hub for the transportation of coal from Honesdale, Pennsylvania to New York City through the Delaware and Hudson Canal. This hub was later used to transport other goods, including bluestone. Kingston shaped and shipped most of the bluestone made to create the sidewalks of New York City.

     

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    420 Broadway
    Kingston, New York
    12401

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    (845) 331-0080

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    1/21/2021 - State of Culture Event for Arts & Culture Master Plan on Feb. 9

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    January 21, 2021 

     

    State of Culture Event for Arts & Culture Master Plan

    Virtual Meeting to be Held February 9, 2021

     

    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce that a virtual public presentation and workshop, State of Culture, will be held for the Arts & Culture Master Planning Project on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 1:00pm. 

    The Arts & Culture Master Plan is the first comprehensive city-wide study of arts and culture resources and assets in Kingston. As a part of the planning process, the City of Kingston has hosted five virtual community workshops, conducted a series of stakeholder interviews and site tours, circulated an online cultural participation survey, and established a Cultural Asset Inventory. The State of Culture virtual event will offer the community an opportunity to learn about the initial findings from this first phase of research, an overview of the planning process, and an outline for next steps.

    Global cultural consulting firm Lord Cultural Resources has led the development of the master plan along with Director of Art and Culture Affairs Adrielle Farr, Grants Manager Ruth Ann Devitt-Frank, and guidance from the Project Advisory Committee Community and the Kingston Arts Commission. Work on the Arts & Culture Master Plan began in June 2020, and is scheduled to conclude in May 2021.

    “Cultural planning is an exciting way of developing communal strategies to empower our cultural sector,” said Mayor Noble. “I encourage anyone interested in the arts in our area to attend this meeting, and learn more about how the Kingston community can work together to foster our unique creative culture.”

    The State of Culture is free and open to the public. All community members are encouraged to participate, and must register in advance. More information at: https://engagekingston.com/arts-culture-master-plan

    Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/state-of-culture-in-kingston-tickets-136908215157