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History Takes Stage In Off-Broadway Play


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one nation logoThe Players Theatre in Manhattan has announced that they will host the performance, One Nation, One Mission, One Promise – An American Story, a unique off-Broadway play heading  for a 5-week limited run, beginning January 12, 2018.

The play celebrates America’s diverse citizenship by bringing alive the heroes who strove to create “a more perfect union” for all its people. In the play Thomas Jefferson, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Martin Luther King share the stage for the first time, while Frederick Douglas attends a Town Hall meeting with Ellen DeGeneres. Continue reading

Religious Ferment and Utopian Living


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oneida community mansion houseOn Sunday, January 14, 2018, the Oneida Community Mansion House will host “Shaken & Stirred: Religious Ferment and Utopian Living,” a discussion with Utopian Community expert Christian Goodwillie about the radical changes in religion that shaped American society.

From the eighteenth century to today, members of new religions and communities have faced intense consequences for their beliefs, ranging from threats of arrest to violence. The January 14 discussion will consider the different motivations that inspired new religious movements and the outcomes. Continue reading

Broome Co Local History Conference Set For April


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bundy museumThe Bundy Museum of History and Art in Broome County has announced that they are planning to hold a conference on local history on Saturday, April 21, 2018.

The museum is seeking a wide range of histories and historians. Submissions from amateur enthusiasts, family historians, K-12 teachers, preservationists, high school and college students, professional historians, storytellers, librarians, and museum employees. Papers on any aspect of Broome County’s history, from any time period, will be considered. Continue reading

Upper Hudson-Mohawk Decorative Arts Symposium Set For May


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Mabee Farm in Rotterdam The Decorative Arts Trust has announced they will host the Spring 2018 Symposium, The Upper Hudson: Four Centuries of Craft and Commerce from May 2-6, 2018.

The program combines behind-the-scenes tours of the area’s noteworthy museums and historic sites, special visits to private collections, and lectures by leading scholars and experts on topics concerning the decorative arts, conservation, and historic preservation. Continue reading

Beacon Lecture On World War II’s ‘Captain Dixie’


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the indestructible man bookThe Beacon Sloop Club’s 2018 winter lecture series is planned to begin on Thursday January 11th at 7 pm with The Indestructible Man-The True Story of a World War II Hero “Captain Dixie” by Author David Rocco, at the Beacon Sloop Clubhouse, 2 Flynn Drive, in Beacon, NY.

The Indestructible Man is the story of Navy officer Dixie Kiefer, who was an instrumental player in major battles in World War II. Kiefer was the executive officer on the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown at both the Battle of the Coral Sea and Battle of Midway. He was the last man off Yorktown before she sank at Midway. Continue reading

3 Unique Maps Headed for NYC Winter Antiques Fair


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bromley map of manhattenDaniel Crouch Rare Books have announced that they plan to bring maps of three of the biggest cities in the world to the Winter Antique Show, which runs from January 19-28th in New York’s Park Avenue Armory.

Visitors to the Winter Antiques show will be able to see a display of George and Walter Bromley’s ‘Atlas of the City of New York – Borough of Manhattan’ from 1908: a pink 25’ wide fire insurance map in 38 individually framed sheets. Continue reading

Kinderhook Lecture On Late 17th Century Dutch Culture


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Flower Garden ca. 1660, Pieter de HoochThe Columbia County Historical Society and Historic Hudson have announced the first of their collaborative Winter 2018 programming.

Dutch restoration architect, André Hoek will be at Van Buren Hall on Saturday, January 13 from 4 to 5 pm, to deliver an illustrated lecture on Dutch Culture in the second half of “The Golden Age of Dutch Culture” – “Discovering Layers in Time: Life in The Netherlands 1650-1700; the last half of the Dutch Golden Age.”

Hoek’s talk will explore how the Dutch population lived in the last half of the ‘Golden Age of Dutch Culture’ (the period in which New York State was settled by the Dutch) by examining visual evidence in what remains of Dutch 17th century villages, farms, buildings and gardens and also studying the important paintings of the time which captured interiors and landscapes.  Continue reading

Urban Renewal in Rome, NY 1958-1977


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rome nyOn Saturday, January 27 at 1 pm, the Oneida County History Center in Utica is planning to host the event “What Happened to Downtown Rome? Urban renewal in Rome, NY 1958-1977.”

Between 1958 and 1977 the city of Rome underwent an aggressive urban renewal program covering over eighty acres that forever shaped the growth of the city. Patrick Reynolds, Educator at the Rome Historical Society, will discuss what worked, what didn’t, and why. Continue reading