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Lessons From Ulster County’s History Conference


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Vintage Ulster County Map (1897) New Ulster County Historian Geoff Miller spent his first year getting the lay of the land, and getting to know his fellow local historians.

As a follow-up, he helped convene a team of municipal historians and county historical society members to organize an Ulster County history conference.

The theme was resources (not local history stories) and addressed the resources available to the history community of Ulster County at the state, regional, and county level.  Continue reading

Revolutionary War Camp at Night at New Windsor


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A night of Revolutionary War military drills, musket firings and other period activities has been set for Saturday, May 19th from 7 to 9:30 pm at the New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site.

The New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site features authentically reconstructed log huts that were commissioned by the Town of New Windsor, New York during the Bicentennial of the American Revolution to highlight their historic property, encompassing a large portion of the 1782-83 final winter encampment of the northern Continental Army. Continue reading

Timothy Leary Project: Inside A Counterculture Experiment


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The Timothy Leary ProjectOn Saturday, May 19 from 1 to 1:45 pm, the Millbrook Library will host New York State Historian Devin Lander and archivist Jennifer Ulrich as they discuss her journey into the infamous Timothy Leary’s archives and her efforts to compile them into a book.

It has now been 50 years since Timothy Leary lived in Millbrook, where he and his colleagues — most notably Richard Alpert (now Ram Dass) and Ralph Metzner — established one of the most famous and influential centers in communal living, spiritual awakening, and psychedelic experimentation of the 1960s. Continue reading

Middletown (Delaware Co) 2018 Historical Events


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Historical Society of Middletown LogoThe Historical Society of Middletown (Delaware County) has announced their schedule of talks, tours and special activities planned for 2018.

The season will start with a friendly battle of wits when HSM sponsors its first Trivia Challenge Saturday, May 5 at 7 pm at its hall, 778 Cemetery Rd., in Margaretville. Teams of two and four will compete for awards. Door prizes and libations will be offered. Register your team ($25 per person) at (845) 586-4689. Continue reading

Long Island Historians’ Summit Announced


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long island historians summitThe Long Island Historian Summit has been set for Saturday, June 30, 2018, and will provided historians an  opportunity to discuss challenges, opportunities and experiences relevant to their positions.

Speakers and moderators will include New York State Historian Devin Lander, Assistant Commissioner for Archives and New York State Archivist Thomas J. Ruller, the Suffolk County Historian, and historians from the Town of North Hempstead, Village of Southampton, Town of Brookhaven and Dr. Georgette Grier-Keys, President, Board of Trustees of Association of Suffolk County Historical Societies. Continue reading

Fire Dept History Focus of Schoharie Co Historians Spring Meeting


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The Annual Spring Membership Meeting of the Schoharie County Historical Society will be held on Monday, April 30 at the Schoharie Fire Department, located at 114 Fort Road in Schoharie, NY.

The evening will begin with refreshments at 6:30 p.m., followed by the 7 p.m. membership meeting, a program on the history of the Schoharie Fire Department and tours of the new fire house. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Continue reading

Willard Suitcases Update: A Roosevelt Island Lecture


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Suitcase of Robert Y, courtesy John CrispinA lecture by John Crispin on the famed Willard Psychiatric Center suitcases has been set for Thursday, May 10th at 6:30 pm at the New York Public Library Branch on Roosevelt Island, led .

When Willard Psychiatric Center closed in New York’s Finger Lakes in 1995, an employee discovered a large collection of suitcases in storage in an attic. Many of these pieces of luggage contained the personal belongings of former patients. Continue reading