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Shirley V. Anson

Founder & President 

Plattekill Historical

Preservation Society

Local History Book Author


Shirley's major passion was this Society and project. In saying so, this website was the very last project she started with her daughter to continue the preservation project for generations to come. Please consider becoming part of this legacy. Become a member, donate or just attend some of the free programs. 

Shirley's Legacy

Shirley was born and lived the majority of her life in Clintondale. She attended the Clintondale schoolhouse and later graduated from New Paltz High School. In addition to working as a bookkeeper for her family’s construction business, she worked for the Towns of Plattekill and New Paltz as a welfare officer.


She was the Town of Plattekill historian for many years, President of the Plattekill Historical Society, a renowned author, and expert in local history. Shirley spent many years as an active volunteer firefighter and medical emergency responder in the Clintondale Fire Department, where she also served as the department’s treasurer.

Shirley was known throughout the community as a trustworthy, hard-working, kind, and generous person. She loved learning new things and had many varied interests but the history of the Hudson Valley and researching her family genealogy was her passion. Her love of learning led her to take numerous college-level classes and seminars in genealogy and history. As the president of the historical society, she organized local lectures and fundraisers. 



1960s to 1990

1990 to retirement


1992 to 2014

1992 to 1999

1992 to 1996




1989 to 1996

1990 to 2000

Worked at IBM

Bookkeeper for Lawrence H. Morse, Secretary & Treasurer for LHM, Inc. Secretary- Treasurer for LHM Realty Corp.

Joint Owner of Robert John Anson Construction Inc.

Life Active Member of the Clintondale Fire Department ~ First Woman Driver and Pump Operator in the History of Clintondale Fire Department - saved child from a fire - earning Firefighter of the Year in 1992 - with a beautiful plaque. 

Clintondale Fire Department Treasurer & Clintondale Quaker Church Treasurer 

Served on the Board and the Commissioners Board for the Clintondale Fire Department

Town of Plattekill and New Paltz Welfare Officer

Recognition as the Top Responder for the Clintondale Fire Department and Firefighter of the Year

Ulster County Woman of the Year - celebration at the Plattekill Grange. 

Ulster County Person of the Year - celebration at the Plattekill Grange. 

Town of Plattekill Historian - included preservation of cemeteries

Preservation of all old newspapers for the area.

1996 to 2021

President, Vice President and Treasurer of the Town of Plattekill's Historical Preservation Society

1997 to 2022

Member of the Gem & Mineral Society; Amenrican Genealogical Society, Northeastern Genealogical Society and many more to list.


Chairman of the Town of Plattekill's 200th Anniversary - Developed the program for the year 2000. 

2012 - 2014

Member of the Board of the Ulster County Round Table

1996 to 2019

Active Member and Board Member of the Southern Ulster Chamber of Commerce


Dedicated and Loving wife, mom, aunt, sister, cousin and friend to many. A member of the Ladies of Clintondale. Always loved and missed from her family ~ Butch, Jami, Kip, Kelly, Koda (and our brother past - Richard)

Books & Projects by Shirley V. Anson


by Shirley V. Anson 


by Shirley V. Anson & George A Badgley


By Shirley V. Anson & Laura M. Jenkins




By Libby Werlau & Shirley V. Anson


Friends and Neighbors: A Pictorial History of the Town of Plattekill and Southwest Lloyd, Ulster County, New York. 

Quaker History and Genealogy of the Marlborough Monthly Meeting Ulster County, N.Y. 1804-1900+

Clintondale Fire Department's 75th Anniversary Booklet

Clintondale School Reunion - Organizer and Author of the reunion book

Hallowed Grounds

The Anson Family is completing Shirley's Anson's Book on the Civil War

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