History

The Cave Inn Coffee House

January 2024Anna Louise Bates, Church Historian One of the most significant and exciting things the New Paltz Methodist church did during the 1960s was to open a youth-oriented coffee shop called The Cave Inn.  It was located on the Church’s property at 143 Main Street, adjacent to the bus station. The Cave Inn, managed by […]

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New Paltz Methodists Celebrate Christmas with Famous Hymnist, Ira D. Sankey in 1875

November 2023Anna Louise Bates, Church Historian The New Paltz Methodist Episcopal Church celebrated Christmas “as only the Methodists know how” during the 1870s. The editors of the New Paltz Times reported on the annual celebration of December 24, 1875. The detailed description of the event noted that “on either side of the pulpit was a

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Racial Equality in Church Education

March 2023Anna Louise Bates, Church Historian New Paltz Methodists have a mixed record on race issues. While on one hand, the church had no qualms about hosting black-face minstrel shows during the 1940s and 50s, they remained committed to race equality in matters of church education. The church had a flourishing Sunday School in 1940,

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Celebrating Juneteenth in New Paltz

July 2022Sharon Roth Pastor Limina Grace opened the celebration of Juneteenth at the New Paltz Rural Cemetery on June 19, 2022.  She dressed in white, which is often done at these celebrations remembering June 19, 1865, the day 250,000 enslaved in Texas celebrated their freedom by buying new clothing. Kate Hymes-Flanagan read the names of

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