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Hudson Heritage Conference Proposals Sought


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ghhn annual conferenceThe Greater Hudson Heritage Network (GHHN) Annual Conference will be held at Bard College/Montgomery Place in Annandale-on-Hudson on Tuesday, October 10.

The 2017 Annual Conference will feature break-out sessions, office hours with grant funding organizations,tours of Montgomery Place, a large group art activity, breakfast, networking luncheon, full-day exhibit hall, the Awards for Excellence ceremony, and more. Continue reading

Popular Deaf Storyteller Performing at Schoharie Crossing


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Peter Cook Internationally known deaf performance artist Peter Cook will be at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site on Sunday, August 13 at 6 pm.

His performance entitled, “A Feast for Your Eyes: ASL Storytelling” will take place outdoors in front of the Schoharie Crossing Visitor Center, or indoors in case of rain. The event is free.

Peter Cook is an artist whose work incorporates American Sign Language, pantomime, storytelling, acting and movement. He performs with his entire body using sign language as an interpreter translates into English. Continue reading

National Parks Senior Pass Price Rises, Limited Availability


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2017 Senior PassThe amount of people buying a $10 National Parks senior pass before the price increases on August 28 has created a shortage of passes available in parts of Upstate New York.

Citing “requirements set by legislation passed by Congress in December 2016,” the National Parks Service is increasing the price of the America the Beautiful-National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass from $10 to $80. Pass holders are given lifetime access to more than 2,000 sites and parks.  Continue reading

A Report From Peterboro Emancipation Day Gathering


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emancipation day 2017Families, friends, presenters, and supporters of the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark gathered from across the state and country to participate in the 8th Annual Peterboro Emancipation Day August 5, 2017 in Peterboro NY.

The sun shone on the outdoor gathering in front of the barn whence carriages drove to carry fugitives to Oswego to cross by boat to Canada. Organizers Jim Corpin, Carrie Martin, and Max Smith, opened the morning session. Continue reading

Concert At Grant Cottage Celebrates Citizen Soldiers With Musical Timeline


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77th NY Regimental BalladeersThe 77th NY Regimental Balladeers, featuring local talent Gisella Montanez-Case, will present a multi-media concert at U.S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site on Saturday, August 12 at 4 pm.

The performance, entitled “Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier: 1776-1976,” is a music and film tribute honoring all who served. Attendees will experience America’s wartime story through song, still images, film, verse and several sing-a-long segments. Continue reading

Women Focus of 40th New Netherland Conference


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NNI 2017 conference bannerThe year 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State.

The New Netherland Institute (NNI) is using this centenary and its Annual Conference on September 22 and 23, to highlight the important role of women in the development of the seventeenth-century Dutch colony of New Netherland and in early New York.

NNI will host speakers from both academic and non-academic backgrounds, including first-time and returning presenters, to this year’s event. Continue reading

Albany Institute Of History & Art Names New Ed Director


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maria vannThe Albany Institute of History & Art has announced Maria Vann as the new Director of Education.

Maria Vann was the former Director/Chief Curator of the Maritime Museum at Battleship Cove. Vann has worked for institutions including the Iroquois Indian Museum, New York State Historical Association, Fenimore Art Museum, and as an adjunct history professor at SUNY College at Oneonta. Continue reading