History

Methodism Arrives in New Paltz

“The world would come to an end…” by Anna Louise Bates, PhD, Church Historian How and why did the first Methodist preachers come to New Paltz?  The Rev. Elijah Woolsey, a Methodist circuit rider who preached in New Paltz in 1801, kept a journal and wrote a memoir about his life.  His memoir describes how …

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Fulton Cox – African American Methodist and a New Paltz Icon

By Anna Louise Bates, Church Historian   Four years ago, Laura Gust and Brianna Switzer,  two senior history students from Empire State College, completed an internship that involved sorting boxes of historical documents at New Paltz United Methodist Church.  In that process, they came across a faded, brittle newspaper that required special care to unfold without destroying.  Thankfully, they worked under …

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