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Wassailing at Knox’s Headquarters December 16th


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Mervyn Clitheroe's Twelfth Night party, On Saturday, December 16th from 5 to 8 pm, Knox’s Headquarters in Vails Gate will offer a program about Wassailing.

Over 300 Continental artillerymen in search of liquid refreshment will take part in this first-person presentation set during the winter of 1780-81 at Knox’s Headquarters.

The program is outside on the grounds and inside the decorated 1754 stone Ellison house.

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Johnson Hall Holiday Open House Dec 1st


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In conjunction with the City of Johnstown’s Colonial Stroll holiday activities, Johnson Hall State Historic Site will hold a Holiday Open House on Friday, December 1 from 5 to 8:30 pm.

The Hall will be decorated for the holiday season and will feature live 18th century music performed by Liaison Plaisantes in the second floor hall. Mulled cider and ginger cookies will be served at the Slave Quarters fireplace. Continue reading

Auto Racing History: Lost Speedways Event Saturday


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2011 American LeMans Series driving champion Chris Dyson has been added to the Saturday, November 25th Lost Speedways program at the Saratoga Automobile Museum. Dyson will join his team owner and father, Rob, in a discussion of the 200 mph Lola B0/86 Mazda-powered endurance racer they recently donated to the museum.

Other presentations on the 2017 Lost Speedways program include a discussion of the landmark 1967 racing season by Ken Parrotte and a look back at his many years as NASCAR’s head chassis inspector and post-race teardown supervisor by Randy Hedger. The program’s final two segments will focus on the historic New York State Fairgrounds mile, with Ron Hedger recalling Labor Day races at Syracuse in the 1950’s and early 1960’s and the always popular interview segment featuring winning car owner Randy Ross and driving star Dickie Larkin. 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

Utica: Citizenship, Sufferage Around the World Dec 2nd


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oneida county history center logoOn Saturday, December 2nd from 1 to 3 pm, SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s History-Interdisciplinary Studies “Gender Issues in World History” class, with Professor Kristina Boylan, will share their semester-long research comparing citizenship and suffrage struggles in New York State and around the world.

This family friendly program in Utica includes creative, interactive stories and activities about these activists and their achievements for children in first grade and up. Free and open to the public.  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

Old-Fashioned Holiday At Silas Wright House


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christmas treeThe St. Lawrence County Historical Association will hold their annual Holiday Open House on December 1st from 4 to 8 pm.  Festive floral arrangements, refreshments, holiday music, and family history will fill the air at this holiday event which is open to the public. The Canton Garden Club provides fresh greens, floral arrangements, and early American Christmas tree decorations like gingerbread, dried apples, and lace.

The Holiday Open House will include live seasonal music provided by a variety of local musical talent: the Canton Central School Vocal Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Kimberly Busch; R. Merrie Song & Friends, performing early American carols; local musician John Danis; and the Noteworthy Handbell Choir. Continue reading

Knox’s Headquarters Christmas Event Set


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1754 John Ellison house, Knox’s Headquarters, viewed from the 18th century bridge over Silver StreamOn Saturday, December 9th from 5 to 8 pm the 1754 Ellison house at Knox’s Headquarters will be open and decorated for Christmas and staffed by Revolutionary War era costumed interpreters

For two Christmases, John and Catherine Ellison shared their home with the officers and soldiers of the Continental Army. Over the winter of 1780-81, General Henry Knox, his wife Lucy and their children Henry and Lucy were there, while two years later it was General Horatio Gates and his military family of aides de camp who shared in the season’s festivities. Continue reading

Hudson Winter Walk 2017 Set For Dec 2nd


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Winter Walk 2016 On Saturday, Dec. 2, from 5 to 8 pm, Hudson Hall’s annual holiday celebration will kick off with the 21st anniversary of Winter Walk, one of Hudson’s largest, liveliest and most colorful events of the year.

Hudson’s mile-long historic main street will be decorated and will host music, performance, food, holiday shopping, and family fun. Voted “Best Community Winter Event of the Year,” in 2014, 2015 and 2016, Winter Walk attracts upwards of 20,000 visitors to the City to kick off the holiday season. Continue reading

Liberation: Civil Rights Event at Federal Hall, NYC


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Humanities New York will host a roundtable discussion – Reflections on Liberation: American Civil Rights Past, Present, and Future – on November 28 at 6:30 pm, at Federal Hall, 26 Wall Street, New York.

This roundtable discussion will address the role of social movements in American history and today. Leading writers, thinkers, and artists will guide participants as they cross-examine Civil Rights and other social movement leading up to #BlackLivesMatter.  Continue reading