The StoryStudio

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Launched June 8, 2019, The StoryStudio is Historic Red Hook’s newest addition, featuring rotating local history exhibits, easy access to historical information, and a mini-studio for recording stories. Located at 5 Cherry Street, just east of the Elmendorph Inn, it is open Tuesday and Sunday afternoons, 2:00-4:00 pm, unless otherwise posted. Appointments can be made as well. We invite visitors to drop in and share their stories, just as the Arsenault family did, impromptu, on opening day, as seen in the video below.

Culling Macintoshes, September 1939, Photograph by John Losee.

Culling Macintoshes, September 1939, Photograph by John Losee.

The newest exhibit “How About Them Apples!” opens on Hardscrabble Day, Saturday, September 21. It will feature evocative photographs of apple farming from the first half of the 20th century and examples of the equipment used to harvest and process apples.


 The StoryStudio’s debut exhibit, “Alexander Gilson: From Property to Property Owner,” closes Sunday, September 8, so plan on visiting between 2:00 and 4:00 pm! It tells the remarkable story of Montgomery Place gardener, Alexander Gilson, an African-American slave who, after being freed, stayed on as head gardener, became a notable horticulturalist and eventually opened his own business.