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Roosevelt Island: NYC Art Deco Lecture Thursday


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new york art deco bookRoosevelt Island Library has announced they will host an art deco lecture on Thursday, December 14 at 6:30 pm.

“Art Deco Metropolis: Magnificent Buildings of Modern New York City” will be led by noted architectural historian and author Anthony W. Robins.

Mr. Robins is the author of three books on New York City architecture, including New York Art Deco: A Guide to Gotham’s Jazz Age Architecture. A Q & A and a book signing will follow the lecture. Continue reading

New Book: Saving the Shawangunks


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saving the shawangunksCarleton Mabee’s new book Saving the Shawangunk: The Struggle to Protect One of Earth’s Last Great Places (Black Dome Press, 2017) with foreword by Cara Lee of The Nature Conservancy takes a look at the grassroots fight to stop the construction of a 400-room hotel/conference center and 500 condominiums around Lake Minnewaska in New York State’s Shawangunk Mountains in the 1980s.

The authors argue that these efforts were a landmark victory for Hudson Valley environmentalists and became a blueprint for subsequent struggles to preserve open space against encroaching development. Continue reading

NYC Lecture: Art Deco And Modern New York


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new york art deco bookThe Roosevelt Island Library will host historian and author Anthony W. Robins, who will give a lecture titled Art Deco Metropolis: Magnificent Buildings of Modern New York City, on Thursday, December 14 at 6:30 pm.

The Chrysler Building, the Waldorf-Astoria, and Rockefeller Center are among the hundreds of Art Deco monuments during the 1920s and ‘30s and that shaped the image of New York City as the world’s Modern Metropolis. Continue reading

Dunmore’s War NYC Lecture Set For Dec 7th


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dunmore's war bookThe Fraunces Tavern Museum in New York City will host a lecture on Dunmore’s War, presented by Glenn Williams, in their Flag Gallery on Thursday, December 7th at 6:30 pm.

Glenn Williams will talk about the causes, course, and conduct of the last Native American war before the American War for Independence.

This presentation will challenge many of the misconceptions and myths surrounding the 1774 conflict in which Lord Dunmore, Virginia’s last royal governor, led the colony’s forces in a defensive war against a Native American coalition led by the Shawnee Nation.  Continue reading

New Book Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial


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votes for women bookJennifer A. Lemak and Ashley Hopkins-Benton’s new book Votes For Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial (Excelsior Editions, 2017) chronicles the history of the women’s rights and suffrage movements in New York State and examines the important role the state played in the national suffrage movement.

The work for women’s suffrage received a boost more than seventy years before the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment at the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 when Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, and one hundred supporters signed the Declaration of Sentiments asserting that “all men and women are created equal.”

This convention served as a catalyst for debates and action on both the national and state level, and on November 6, 1917, New York State passed the referendum for women’s suffrage. Its passing in New York signaled that the national passage of suffrage would soon follow. On August 18, 1920, “Votes for Women” were constitutionally granted. Continue reading

Benedict Arnold Lecture in Columbia County Nov 21


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benedict arnold bookAward-winning author David C. King is set to give a lecture and sign his new book, Benedict Arnold The Traitor Within on Tuesday, November 21 at 7 pm during a free event, open to the public, at the James Vanderpoel ‘House of History’ in Kinderhook, sponsored by the Columbia County Historical Society Volunteers.

Benedict Arnold is often regarded as an infamous traitor, but he was also one of the nation’s most talented military officers during the American Revolution.   Continue reading

North American Economy on the Eve of the Revolution


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ben_franklins_worldHow much merit do the economic factors behind the cry “No Taxation Without Representation” have when we consider the origins of the American Revolution?

In this episode of Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History, we begin a 3-episode exploration of different aspects of the early American economy and what roles these economic aspects played in causing the American Revolution. Serena Zabin, a Professor of History at Carleton College and author of Dangerous Economies: Status and Commerce in Imperial New York (Penn Press, 2011), helps us survey the economic scene by guiding us through the British North American economy on the eve of the American Revolution. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/159

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A Spirit of Sacrifice: New York State in the First World War


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a spirit of sacrificeA companion catalog to the New York State Museum exhibition of the same name, Aaron Noble’s new book A Spirit of Sacrifice: New York State in the First World War (SUNY Press, 2017) documents the statewide story of New York in World War I through the collections of the New York State Museum, Library, and Archives.

Within the collections are the nearly 3,600 posters of the Benjamin W. Arnold World War I Poster Collection at the New York State Library. The book interweaves the story of New York in the Great War with some of these posters, and artifacts from museums, libraries, and historical societies from across New York State, to illuminate the involvement of New Yorkers in the War. Continue reading

Russell Shorto At NYS Museum Monday, Nov 13


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revolution song bookAuthor and journalist Russell Shorto, whose new book, Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom, was released on November 7, will present a reading and discussion on Monday, November 13 at 7 pm in the Huxley Theatre, NYS Museum, Cultural Education Center, in Albany.

In Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom, author and historian Russell Shorto looks back to the founding of the American nation, drawing on diaries, letters and autobiographies to explore six lives, including an Albany man, that cast the era in a fresh new light. Continue reading

Citizen Soldier: Rev War Journal of Joseph Bloomfield


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citizen soldier bookOn Friday, November 10, 2017, the Fort Plain Museum is holding a book release signing and reception for Citizen Soldier: The Revolutionary War Journal of Joseph Bloomfield, edited by Mark Edward Lender and James Kirby Martin.

Bloomfield was an officer in the 3rd New Jersey Regiment from 1776 to 1779. His service took him from the Mohawk Valley (Guy Park Manor, Johnson Hall, Fort Dayton, Fort Stanwix and others) to Fort Ticonderoga in New York, to the battle of Brandywine in Pennsylvania, and to the battle of Monmouth in his native state. Also included are Bloomfield’s notes on the culture and behavior of the Iroquois tribes known collectively as the Six Nations, which played a crucial role in revolutionary New York. Continue reading