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Peekskill Lecture: Presidential Visits at Gettysburg


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Presidential Visits at gettysburgThe Lincoln Depot Museum in Peekskill, NY, will continue their Fall Lecture Series on Saturday, September 30th with noted scholar and author Jay Jorgensen.

The talk, “Presidential Visits at Gettysburg” begins with an in-depth look at Lincoln’s visit and the newspaper coverage around the nation. Jay will conclude with a discussion on a number of the more interesting visits to GB by various post-Civil War presidents. Mr. Jorgensen will also have copies of his books for sale at the event. Continue reading

Friends of Historic Kingston Noontime Conversation Series


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Sharpe Family PortraitsThe Friends of Historic Kingston (FHK) has announced their upcoming Noontime Conversation Series will begin on Friday, September 15th, 2017.

The half-hour talks begin at noon in the Friends of Historic Kingston Gallery. The focus of these informal conversations is FHK’s acquisition of noteworthy portraits – one pair by John Vanderlyn, and one pair by his nephew, John Vanderlyn, Jr. Continue reading

SPLIA ‘Collecting Long Island’ Exhibit Opening


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Oyster Bay millThe Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities (SPLIA) will open a new exhibit on September 15th. The exhibit is titled Collecting Long Island, and the objects come from all over the island, from the Hamptons to Old Westbury.

This display of regional paintings and decorative arts, most on public view for the first time, will present new discoveries and encourage visitors to look at objects through the eye of the collector to understand how we know what we know about the things Long Islanders have made, used, and cherished for centuries. Continue reading

Eldridge Street Synagogue Restoration in Photographs


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museum at eldridge streetThe Museum at Eldridge Street will open a new exhibition, “Rediscovery, Restoration & Renewal: The Eldridge Street Synagogue in Photographs,” on Thursday, September 14 from 6 to 8 pm with an opening reception.

Ten years ago, the restoration of the Eldridge Street Synagogue was completed. After a 20-year, $20 million effort, the building was brought back from the verge of collapse to stand once again as glorious as it had been when it opened in 1887.   Continue reading

2017 World Canals Conference Coming to New York State


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Erie Canal Bicentennial posterA program highlighting some of the most innovative activities on the world’s waterways is set to take place September 24-28 at the 2017 World Canals Conference (WCC 2017) in Syracuse.

The conference provides opportunities to learn from and network with the most forward-thinking experts in canalside development, waterway engineering and management, and canal tourism and preservation.

Registration is open for one-day or full conference attendance through September 15. Continue reading

Sackets Harbor Discussions: After The Civil War


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Josh Canale and Dr. John DeansThis autumn, the Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site will continue their readings and discussions series with a “follow up” which takes up where the previous Civil War topic concluded.

Jefferson Community College history instructor Josh Canale will guide the discussions during four Tuesday 7 pm sessions on September 12, 19, 26 and Oct 17. Facilitating with Josh is the College’s past president and history instructor Dr. John W. Deans. Continue reading

Opening Set For Newly Acquired 1731 Schenectady House


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Brouwer HouseThe Schenectady County Historical Society (SCHS) has announced opening plans for the 1731 Brouwer House, its newly acquired Stockade property. The Brouwer House was donated to the SCHS by the Kindl family, who previously resided in the historic home.

On Tuesday, September 26 at 4 pm, SCHS, together with the Capital Region Chamber of Commerce, will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house at the Brouwer House. Light refreshments and beverages will be served, and tours of the home and garden will be offered.

The community is invited to join in celebrating this exciting acquisition and in ushering in a new chapter in Schenectady preservation, tourism, and education. Continue reading

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Rye’s African American Cemetery Preservation Event Sunday


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Bell Family On Sunday, September 10th at 5:30 pm, David Thomas, Founder of the Friends of the African American Cemetery, will give a talk about the current efforts to preserve this National Historic Register site in Rye, NY.

The event is co-sponsored by the Jay Heritage Center, and will take place at 210 Boston Post Road, in Rye.

Attendees can learn how ongoing genealogical research is expanding an understanding of the families that are buried there and their place in the narrative of Westchester County’s history. Thomas will link the Purdy family of Harrison and Rye to two generations of an emancipated family at the Jay Estate. Light refreshments will be served afterwards. Continue reading