Bruce Dearstyne On NYC Monuments Commission Report


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J. Marion Sims statue 5th Ave 103rd Street ManhattanOne item in The New York History Blog‘s “New York History Around the Web This Week” for January 19 was the new Report of the Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments and Markers.

This is the report of the commission appointed by New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio last fall amid the controversy surrounding Confederate statues. The mayor charged the commission with coming up with recommendations about potentially controversial monuments and statues in New York City.

The commission held five public meetings, attended by more than 500 people, and received over 3,000 comments via an online survey. Continue reading

FDR, Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Series In Hyde Park


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fdr eleanor rooseveltThe National Park Service and the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt Historical Association have announced a new lecture series focusing on Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and Human Rights, beginning on Thursday, January 25th.

The speaker series will include lectures, panel discussions, film screenings, and performances presented by historians, park rangers, activists, artists, and entrepreneurs.

All programs will be held at the Henry A. Wallace Visitor Center, 4079 Albany Post Rd, Hyde Park, NY.  The list of scheduled programs includes:

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Cayuga Museum to Host Immersive Theater Experience


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Caygua PostcardThe Cayuga Museum has announced that they are joining with Breadcrumbs Productions, a professional theatre and creative production company based in Syracuse, to present an immersive theatrical fundraising event on Saturday, February 24 starting at 7 pm.

The program will be based on the Museum’s upcoming 1918 exhibit, a multi-faceted exhibit that explores the full milieu of the year 1918 and the repercussions from that year that are still being felt today.

This unique fundraiser will transform the Museum mansion’s spaces, usually filled with museum exhibits, into a hospital ward during the influenza pandemic. Continue reading

Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island Reopen With NYS Funds


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Statue of Liberty Shutdown AvertedFunds from New York State will reopened the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island today, in the wake of the U.S. government shutdown that closed the two iconic federally operated historic sites on Friday.

The two sites have played important parts in America’s immigration history and have a significant impact on the New York State economy. According to an annual report by the National Park Service, 4.5 million people visited Liberty Island in 2016, generating $263.2 million in visitor spending per year and supporting 3,400 jobs, with an economic output of $364 million. Continue reading

New York’s Gilded Elite on Long Island Lecture


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Beacon Towers, designed by Hunt & Hunt, built for Alva Belmont, demolished 1945Preservation Long Island has invited the public to an afternoon lecture by curator and decorative arts specialist Jeannine Falino followed by light refreshments and lively discussion.

The lecture, Dilatory Domiciles: New York’s Gilded Elite on Long Island is set for Saturday, January 27, at 4pm, at the Coe Hall at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay. Continue reading

Washington’s Birthday at New Windsor Cantonment


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continental army soldier matt thorenz from wallkillOn Saturday, February 17, 2018, from 10 am to 4 pm, and Monday, February 19, from 10 am to 4 pm on Presidents’ weekend, re-enactors will bring to life the Continental Army’s final winter encampment at the New Windsor Cantonment, with musket and cannon firings, medical demonstrations and other aspects of daily life.

Discontent filled the encampment at New Windsor during the winter of 1782-83 as the men bitterly reflected upon their ill-treatment by an ungrateful nation. Heavily armed and angry, the disgruntled officers and soldiers of the Continental Army were the biggest threat to the future of the country. Continue reading

2018 Material Culture Conservation Grants Available


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ghhn conservation treatment grant programThe Greater Hudson Heritage Network has announced it has been awarded five years of funding from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) for the continuation of the NYSCA/GHHN Conservation Treatment Grant Program.

GHHN has managed the NYSCA/GHHN Conservation Treatment Grant Program since 2000 and has regranted approximately $2.3 million on behalf of NYSCA to eligible organizations around New York State. Additionally, the amount of money available to regrant in 2018 has increased to approximately $106,675. Continue reading

Early Resistance: Women, Religion, and Politics


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Oneida Mansion HouseOn Sunday, February 11, 2018, the Oneida Community Mansion House has scheduled “Early Resistance: Women, Religion, and Politics,” a discussion with Professor Marcia Robinson of Syracuse University about the role women played in the changing political culture of the United States through support of abolition and the women’s rights movement.

The discussion will consider the various goals, strategies and tensions in the fight for equality. Continue reading

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