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Mourning Culture Oneida Community Cemetery Tour


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oneida community mansion houseThe Oneida Community Mansion House will host a Oneida Community Cemetery Tour, hosted by Dr. Molly Jessup, Curator of Education, on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 4:30 pm.

A tour of the cemetery will follow a brief talk on how people mourned in the 19th and early 20th centuries and how the Oneida Community understood and practiced death and the afterlife. This walking tour, led by curator of education Molly Jessup, will explore ways in which the cemetery reflects community beliefs and reveals changing Community practices over time. Jessup will also share stories about the lives and deaths of notable Community members such as Mary Cragin and Tirzah Miller. Continue reading

Adirondack Historian To Lecture In Columbia County


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Author Glenn Pearsall is set to speak about and sign his new fiction book, Leaves Torn Asunder on Tuesday, October 24 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.

Based on true events, Pearsall’s research included diaries, soldiers’ letters home, visits to Civil War battle sites and historical documents such as the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. One of the main characters in the novel is an outspoken abolitionist. Continue reading

Wilderness to Woodstock: Unique Catskills History Film Showing


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Williams house neversink (1893)The Time and the Valleys Museum will show a film on the history of the Catskill resorts from 1823 to 1974 on Sunday, October 22 at 2 p.m. on St. Rt. 55 in Grahamsville.

This story of the Catskill resorts from 1823 to 1974 was originally a slide presentation by Manville Wakefield, and narrated by Miles Ellison.

The Catskills have been a popular vacation area since the early 1800’s for famous artists and New Yorkers. Continue reading

Explore Family History in Canton October 21st


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silas write houseA series of six lectures will be featured at the upcoming Local History and Genealogy Fair being held at the SLCHA Museum and Archives, 3 East Main Street, Canton from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, October 21. The schedule will include topics which should be of interest to both local history and genealogical researchers.

At 10 am, a panel of local researchers will hold a round table discussion on Beginning to Research Your Family Tree; at 11 am, a presentation will be held by a representative of Witherbee & Whalen, Canton, on cleaning and repairing cemetery monuments as well as a look at that firm’s history in Canton; at noon, Town Historian and Registrar will talk about the role of those offices to assist researchers looking for information on their ancestors; at 1 pm, Chuck Henry of the NNYLN will explain research methods using the New York State Historic Newspapers website; at 2 pm, a workshop will be held on Internet Genealogy and doing online research, led by an experienced local researcher; and at 3 pm, a discussion of the recent interest in DNA tests and their role in genealogy will be held. Continue reading

People of Colonial Albany Presentation in Colonie Oct 22nd


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Stefan BielinskiThe Historical Society of the Town of Colonie has announced that Stefan Bielinski, founder and long-time director of the NY State Museum’s Colonial Albany Social History Project, will present his musical and visual introduction about the people of Colonial Albany at the Town of Colonie’s William K. Sanford Library, 629 Albany Shaker Road on Sunday, October 22 at 2 pm. Continue reading

International Archaeology Day at Oneida Mansion House


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oneida community mansion houseOn Saturday, October 21 at 10:30 am the Oneida Community Mansion House will host International Archaeology Day as they search for evidence of past lives in the landscape surrounding the Mansion House.

The Oneida Community (1848-1880) built a communal home consisting of dozens of buildings and hundreds of acres of land, which they used to support their specific ways of life, work, and thought. International Archaeology Day will seek out evidence of those past uses and try to locate built evidence to re-imagine how life was lived by the Oneida Community, its regional antecedents and descendants.  Continue reading

Abolition Hall of Fame Weekend Planned


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2016 Induction Webber Stewart LandThe National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum (NAHOF) commemoration ceremonies for the 2016 inductees will be held Saturday, October 21, 2017 at NAHOF, 5255 Pleasant Valley Road, Peterboro NY.

The inductees are Rev. John Gregg Fee, Beriah Green, Angelina Grimké, and James W.C. Pennington. This is the last year of the two year induction-commemoration cycle. Beginning in 2018 inductions and commemorations will be completed in one year.

At 3 on Saturday, October 21 Christopher L. Webber, who nominated Pennington to the Hall of Fame, will present James W.C. Pennington: Pastor and Abolitionist for the Abolition Symposia. Webber, the author of American to the Backbone: The Journey of James W.C. Pennington from Slavery to World Leader, will use his research to present Pennington’s remarkable story. Pennington was born in slavery in Maryland in 1808. At the age of 19, scared and illiterate, James escaped from slavery. Moving finally to Brooklyn he found work as a carriage man and took advantage of night schools. In 1829 Pennington participated in the first Negro National Convention of which he became the presiding officer in 1853. Pennington served congregations in Long Island, Hartford, and Manhattan and traveled three times to England, Scotland, and the continent of Europe as an anti-slavery advocate. He was so respected by European audiences that the University of Heidelberg awarded him an honorary doctorate, making him the first person of African descent to receive such a degree.  Pennington was accepted as the first black student at the Yale Divinity School and was accepted for ordination in the Congregational Church. April 26, 2014 Yale University celebrated the opening of the James W.C. Pennington Christian Ministry Center. Continue reading

Fly-in Breakfasts At Empire State Aerosciences Museum


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Grumman F-14 Tomcat The Empire State Aerosciences Museum will be hosting its monthly all you can eat breakfast on Saturday October 21 from 8:30 to 10:30 am at 250 Rudy Chase Drive, in Glenville, NY.

The Empire State Aerosciences Museum is located at the Schenectady County Airport in the Town of Glenville, at the site of the former General Electric Flight Test Center. Dedicated to interpreting aviation, particularly as related to New York State, the museum offers visitors a variety of educational experiences, including interpretive exhibits, a collection of restored aircraft, the State’s largest aviation library and an airpark with over 20 aircraft.

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The Irish and the Erie Event in Utica


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Craobh DuganThe Oneida County History Center will host a musical celebration with local Irish cultural group Craobh Dugan, on Saturday, October 21 at 1 pm.

“The Irish & the Erie” shares the story of how the Irish immigrants helped to build the Erie Canal in an entertaining one hour presentation featuring the traditional Irish music they played and songs they sang. This event is free and open to the public. Continue reading

Two Shows About Suffrage Movement at NYU


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nyu storytellingNYU Steinhardt’s Program in Educational Theatre will stage two events in October to celebrate the women of New York State winning the right to vote a century ago, exploring the historical context through the individuals who fought for the cause.

A newly created play entitled Hear Them Roar: The Fight for Women’s Rights investigates the untold stories of the suffragists of 1917, including women of color, immigrants, and the men (or “suffragents”) who helped win the vote.

Under the direction of Nan Smithner, professor of educational theatre at NYU Steinhardt, the play was devised by an ensemble of 15 actors, who wrote and created the scenarios by deeply researching historical facts of the time. Continue reading