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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

Sullivan County’s First World War Sacrifices


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Leonard Houghtaling from Neversink (on right) served overseas and fought in WWIJuly, 2017 is 100th anniversary of the first U.S. forces sent overseas to fight in World War I. The Time and the Valleys Museum in Grahamsville, NY will be honoring the men who fought in the war and the women who supported the troops by hosting a new exhibit and weekend of special programming on July 8th and 9th.

The new exhibit, A Rendezvous with Death: Local Sacrifice in the First World War highlights Sullivan County residents who participated in WWI. It includes photos, artifacts and little known facts and information about the war. The new exhibit can be viewed through Labor Day during Museum hours: Thursday through Sunday, noon to 4 pm and weekends in September. Continue reading

Independence Day Celebration at Hanford Mills Museum


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ice blocks used for chilling ice creamIn February, more than seven tons of ice were cut from the Mill pond at the Hanford Mills Museum Ice Harvest Festival, and then stored in the Ice House. On July 4th, that ice will be used to make ice cream on a steam-powered churn, and visitors to the Museum’s Independence Day Celebration can sample the results.

The ice is used to chill the outside of the churn, while the locally produced milk and cream is inside the churn.

The Independence Day Celebration, which runs 10 am to 4 pm on July 4, also features a fishing derby for kids, frog jumping contests, music, delicious food, and field games. Visitors also can tour the historic Mill and woodworking shop and see water- and steam-power demonstrations featuring the 1926 Fitz Overshot waterwheel, the steam boiler and steam engines. Children 12 and under, Museum members, and active duty military and their families, receive free admission. Continue reading

Orange County’s John Hathorn And His Militia


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hawthorne portraitThe Neversink Valley Museum of History & Innovation will present a History Talk on Wednesday, July 19th at 7 pm with local historian Sue Gardner. Gardner will speak about “Most Obedient Servant: Tracking the Life and Legacy of John Hathorn and his Militia.”

John Hathorn of Warwick, “the man who lost the Battle of Minisink” was a successful military leader, politician, and activist, who served in the first and fourth Congresses of the United States. Yet his life has remained in the shadows due to the destruction of his collected papers by his family shortly after his death.

A search spanning more than 15 years has turned up a great deal about Hathorn, his close involvement with the early days of the nation and New York State, and the activities of his men during the Revolutionary War. This illustrated presentation by Sue Gardner will trace evidence of this forgotten founding father and the men who were under his command. Continue reading

Hudson River School Painters Presentation In Hudson


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hudson river painting by sanford giffordThe Columbia County Historical Society and Historic Hudson will host The Hudson River School (1825-1875), a Slide Show and Conversation with Peter Jung on Sunday,  June 25, 2017. An opening reception will begin at 4:30 pm, the lecture will begin at 5 pm.

The mid-19th century landscape painters of the Hudson River Valley depicted the new American landscape in terms where humans and nature were united in peaceful co-existence. These realist paintings were quite detailed, and often combined many images from diverse natural scenes and vistas observed along the Hudson River as well as the extended geography including the Catskills and Adirondacks. Continue reading