In celebration of Archives Month in New York State, the Ulster County Clerk is pleased to announce a new initiative, “Original Document Day”. The County Clerk will exhibit original documents at the Matthewis Persen House for one day only.
The documents making their way out of the cool, climate controlled and secure archival vault to the Persen House are some of the oldest records in the Ulster County Clerk’s Archives. In September of 1665, the first resident of the Persen House, a barber-surgeon named Gysbert Van Imbroch, ordered an inventory be taken of all his belongings upon his death. Within two weeks of Van Imbroch’s passing, a public auction was held to sell his property. The exhibit "Gysbert’s Auction" will be on display season-long as a companion piece to the permanent exhibit "Gysbert’s Inventory," but for this one day the original Dutch and English translations of the auction will be displayed for public viewing at the very location where the items were once located over 350 years ago.