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Historic Housekeeping: Collections Best Practices Workshop July 18th


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historic housekeeping made simpleThe Historical Society of Rockland County will host a workshop, Historic Housekeeping Made Simple on Tuesday, July 18 from 9:30 am to 4 pm.

Guided by Greater Hudson Heritage Network’s collection care professionals, participants will learn the proper hands-on methodology of collections care by working directly with collections at four locations in the Hudson Valley. Through train-the-trainer focus, this full-day workshop will equip attendees with the knowledge and skill sets necessary for cleaning, handling, and storing collections along with the tools to teach their volunteer base these critical skills. Continue reading

Johnson Hall Market Fair July 15-16th


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18th century Johnson Hall Market FairThe 2017 18th Century Market Fair at Johnson Hall State Historic Site will be held on the historic 18th century Johnson estate on July 15 and 16 from 10 am to 4 pm, rain or shine.

Throughout both days colonial sutlers (vendors) will offer their wares for sale. Demonstrations of 18th century daily life will add to the event, including an encampment, period dram (tavern) demo and colonial toys and games. In the slave quarters, culinary historian and hearth cooking specialist Lavada Nahon will demonstrate open-hearth cooking and interpret historic African and African-American food ways. Continue reading

Alexander and Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton Events Planned In Albany


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A painting of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton From Friday, July 14, 2017 to Sunday, July 16, 2017, Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site in conjunction with the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society will host a series of events and lectures about Alexander Hamilton and his wife, Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, on the mansion grounds.

The festivities begin Friday evening at 5:30 pm with an open reception on mansion grounds and conclude with a walking tour of Albany on Sunday morning. Admission for each day’s activities is $5 per person. Registration for lectures and the walking tour are required as space is limited. Continue reading

Civil War Weekend at Robert Moses State Park July 29-30


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slcha childrens musterThe St. Lawrence County Historical Association will hold their annual Civil War Reenactment Weekend at Robert Moses State Park, Massena.

The 16th annual Reenactment will take place Saturday and Sunday July 29-30.

Union and Confederate reenactors will stage mock battles, perform military drills, talk about camp life, and demonstrate cooking, spinning, ladies’ aid, cannon firing, and medical practices. Continue reading

Grant Opportunities Workshop Planned For Corning July 13th


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Grant WorkshopHumanities New York, The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes, and the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes are co-presenting a free workshop on July 13, 2017 featuring an information session, activity, and  time for networking and Q&A.

Each organization will give a brief overview of the funding opportunities that they administer and their application processes.

The second half of the workshop will be an interactive grant-writing seminar. The presenters will give tips on how to prepare a competitive application, and participants will work in groups to develop a proposal idea. Continue reading

Independence Day Celebration at Schuyler Mansion


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Schuyler Mansion On Tuesday, July 4th , 2017, Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site has invited the public to attend an old-fashioned Independence Day celebration on the mansion grounds, from 11 am to 4 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

A variety of 18th century activities may be sampled throughout the afternoon. Candle demonstrations and backgammon lessons will be available, and “Dr. Stringer,” Philip Schuyler’s physician, will discuss the fascinating subject of 18th century medicine, including the use of leeches, bleeding, and oxygen. Continue reading

Old Fashioned Independence Day at Clermont State Historic Site


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Tom Hanford will play his interactive musical experienceThe Clermont State Historic Site in Germantown will host an Old-Fashioned Independence Day Festival on July 4th. The Festival will take place from 2 to 10 pm, and will offer activities for all ages.

From 2 to 6 pm, the museum will be surrounded by hands-on experiences taken from daily life of the 18th century. Visitors will be able to raise the liberty pole or attend polite tea parties, hear selections from “Common Sense”, firing demonstrations by Revolutionary War re-enactors, as well as a chance to meet Martha Washington.

Afterward, from 7 to 10 pm, the grounds will be alive with the blues played by the Willie Amrod Band, until the evening is capped off with a view of the Saugerties fireworks over the Hudson River. Continue reading

Independence Day Celebration at Sagamore Hill July 4th


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theodore rooseveltSagamore Hill NHS is providing day-long outdoor activities on Tuesday, July 4th, free and open to the public.

Attendees will see history come alive as Theodore Roosevelt, performed by Joe Wiegand, along with other family friendly activities offered from 11 am to 4 pm.

At 2 pm, the main program will begin with speeches and a performance from the Calliope Brass Band.

There will be an equestrian reenactment of the First United States Volunteer Cavalry Regiment, “The Rough Riders,” including a call for recruits where young volunteers will receive their enlistment papers. Continue reading

Convention Days Announces Centennial Gala


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dr mary walkerConvention Days will commemorate the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage in New York State with a Thanksgiving Dinner Gala entitled “A Fine Agitation” followed by the World Premiere of a One-Woman Play about Dr. Mary Walker, the only woman to receive the Medal of Honor.

The title “A Fine Agitation” comes from a letter from Susan B. Anthony to Elizabeth Cady Stanton after Anthony voted in 1872: “Well I have been & gone and done it!!! . . . We are in for a fine agitation . . .”

The dinner, being served at at the New York Chiropractic College, will be based on a 1916 Thanksgiving menu from The Hoag House, precursor to The Gould Hotel. Continue reading