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Slavery and the Palatines Lecture at Clermont Sunday


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Two men pointing to a boy by Jan Luyken 1711Travis Bowman is set to give a lecture on slavery in New York on Sunday, March 11th at 1 pm, at the Clermont State Historic Site, 1 Clermont Avenue, Germantown.

Bowman will examine how slavery evolved in New York under the Dutch, British, and American systems of government and how the institution was utilized at a local and personal level among the Palatine immigrants and their descendants in the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys. Continue reading

Old New Paltz Stone House Day Set For September


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Old New Paltz Stone House Day, 1956. Stone House Day, a former annual tradition in New Paltz is set to return on Saturday, September 8th, 2018, celebrating the 340th anniversary of the settling of New Paltz by twelve French Huguenot refugees in 1678.

Seven historic stone houses will be open for public tours or viewing, two of which have been closed for many years. Performances, skits, and vendor demonstrations will take place throughout the day while artisans and craftspeople sell handmade goods. Members of the 5th NY Regiment will bring reenactors from multiple time periods, engaging in musket firing, candle making, sewing, blacksmithing, and other activities. Continue reading

Early Depictions of Mt Lebanon Shakers Lecture in Hudson


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Entrance to the Shaker Village, LebanonHistorian Rob Emlen is set to give an illustrated lecture on Early Depictions of Shakers at Mount Lebanon, on Saturday, March 17th from 4 to 5 pm at Stair Galleries, 549 Warren Street, in Hudson.

Following his visit to the Mount Lebanon Shaker village in August, 1856, the New York newspaper artist Benson Lossing made watercolor drawings to guide the production of the wood engravings that illustrated the article he published in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine about daily life in a Shaker community. Although the illustrations for Lossing’s Shaker article were printed in black and white, his original watercolors have survived to give us an extraordinary glimpse at the colors of the Mount Lebanon Shaker village 162 years ago. Continue reading

Vanderheyden Celebrating 185 Yrs By Searching For History


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Bessey House Spring Avenue 1907 Baby HouseVanderheyden in Wynantskill has announced they are currently seeking photos, memories, and information to be added to an upcoming book by Don Rittner on the history of the Vanderheyden Hall.

Now celebrating it’s 185th anniversary, the Vanderheyden began as the Troy Orphan Asylum in 1833. Today, the facilities provide a safe haven for youth, adults and families who have experienced family disruption, trauma, abuse, emotional difficulty, developmental disability and learning problems. The Richard A. Desrochers Educational Center at Vanderheyden is a Regents accredited 7-12 grade program that provides education to individuals who are at risk of not succeeding at school, and those in need of a special education. Continue reading

Historic Palmyra Women’s History Month Event March 15th


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historic palmyraA Women’s History Month Program has been set for March 15th from 7 to 9 p at the Alling Coverlet Museum, 132 Market Street, in Palmyra, Wayne County, NY.

This event will introduce attendees to the women of Palmyra’s history such as Dr. Harriet Adams, Clarissa Hall Jerome, Lavinia Chase, Harriett Hyde Sexton, Anna Webster Eaton, and Sybil Phelps, along with other women of the region such as the Fox Sisters. Continue reading

Peekskill: Lincoln Society Gala Set For March 24th


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Lincoln on Mount RushmoreThe annual Lincoln Society Gala has been set for Saturday, March 24th, at the Mansion at Colonial Terrace, 119 Oregon Rd, in Cortlandt Manor.

The event will mark the 115th anniversary of the founding of the organization, one of the oldest Lincoln groups in the United States.

Lincoln made his only speaking stop in Westchester County at the old Peekskill railroad depot in February 1861. He spoke to a crowd of 1,500 people during the train journey to his Inauguration in Washington, DC. Continue reading

Knickerbocker Tours Offering Roosevelt-Deep Dive


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Franklin Roosevelt at age 18A two-and-one-half day introduction to Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, set for May 4-6, has been announced by Knickerbocker Tours.

The event will feature tours of the homes of FDR and ER (Springwood, Val-Kill, & Top Cottage), sessions with National Park Service staff describing their work in maintaining and curating these national treasures, informational sessions on the life stories of ER and FDR and the wider world into which they were born, and more. Continue reading

Brothertown Indians Program in Utica March 10th


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Romane WyattTown of Marshall Historian Janet Dangler will discuss the Brothertown Indians; a Christian group of Native Americas who settled the Deansboro area in the 1770s and later relocated to Wisconsin.

The Brothertowns formed by choice from several northeastern tribes to preserve their common culture and identity. Dangler will discuss the group’s history, share stories of several well-known Brothertons, including Samson Occum, Asa Dick, and Romance Wyatt, and address issues facing the Brothertown Indians today.

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