Category Archives: Exhibits

‘Legacy of Lynching: Racial Terror in America’ Opens July 26


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Shirah Dedman, Phoebe Dedman, and Luz Myles visiting Shreveport, Louisiana, where in 1912 their relative Thomas Miles, Sr., was lynchedThe Brooklyn Museum, in partnership with the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) and Google,  are presenting the exhibition The Legacy of Lynching: Confronting Racial Terror in America.

On view from July 26 through September 3, the exhibition presents EJI’s research on the history of racial violence in the United States and its continuing impact on our nation to this day.

The exhibition will include video stories featuring descendants of lynching victims, a short documentary, photographs, an interactive map presenting EJI’s research, and informational videos. Continue reading

Suffrage Centennial Exhibit at Athens Cultural Center


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“White Louis XVI End Chair, Women’s Rights are Human Rights” by Laurel Garcia ColvinWomen won the right to vote in New York State in 1917, but the story really began much earlier and with particular fervor in the mid 19th century.

In the 1840’s, upstate New York was a hotbed of radicalism. The “Second Great Awakening” brought with it spiritual revivalism, penal and education reforms, abolitionism and the temperance and women’s right movements. This turbulent atmosphere of ideas and events was not unlike the cultural upheaval of the 1960s.

In 1848 Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Coffin Mott and several other women gathered around a tea table in Waterloo, New York and drafted the “Declaration of Sentiments” based upon the Declaration of Independence. By inserting into the text that women, as well as men, were created equal, they renewed the revolution that was started seventy two years earlier in 1776. The protracted and arduous road to women’s right to the elective franchise took until 1917 to be realized in New York State and not until 1920 in the entire United States. 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

Exhibit: Freed Slave, New Paltz Landowner John Hasbrouck


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John Hasbrouck Account BookHistoric Huguenot Street has curated a new exhibit entitled John Hasbrouck, “A Most Estimable Citizen,” now on display at the DuBois Visitor Center, 81 Huguenot Street, through June 27, 2017.

John Hasbrouck was born to an enslaved woman in New Paltz in 1806 and, later, as a freeman, was able to purchase land in the town. He is commonly believed to be the first African American eligible to vote in New Paltz. The exhibit features original records; two account books in John’s own hand, listing work he did for white farmers and how he was compensated; as well as personal notes, letters, and receipts. The exhibit is accompanied by a full-length, biographical essay written by Josephine Bloodgood, Director of Curatorial and Preservation Affairs. Continue reading

New York Academy of Medicine Library Launches Digital Collections


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William P.C. Barton's Vegetable Materia MedicaThe New York Academy of Medicine Library announced the launch of its new digital collections and exhibits website, hosted on the open-source framework Islandora and accessible at http://digitalcollections.nyam.org/.

The new site makes it easy for the public to access and explore highlights of the Library’s historical collections in the history of medicine and public health. Continue reading

Migrants and Millionaires on the Great Liners, 1900-1914


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south street seaport museumThe South Street Seaport Museum has announced its newest exhibition, Millions: Migrants and Millionaires aboard the Great Liners, 1900-1914 beginning on June 23, 2017, open Wednesday to Sunday 11 am – 7 pm, at the Museum’s mezzanine gallery level, accessible from the main entrance of the Museum on 12 Fulton Street. An Opening Reception will be held Thursday, June 22, 2017 from 7 to 9 pm, RSVP required. Click here for reservation info.

Millions: Migrants and Millionaires aboard the Great Liners, 1900-1914 is one of the first exhibitions to examine, side-by-side, the dichotomy between First Class and Third Class passengers aboard ocean liners in the early 20th century. Continue reading

Woodstock Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial


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woodstock women voting 1918Gathering Woodstock Women: A Celebration of the New York State Women’s Suffrage Centennial, the first major exhibit recognizing many remarkable women from Woodstock’s past, opens at the Historical Society of Woodstock’s Eames House Museum on Friday, June 16 with a reception from 7 to 9 pm.

On Saturday, June 17 at noon, at the Eames House, Town historian Richard Heppner and Janine Fallon-Mower, co-authors of Legendary Locals of Woodstock, will speak on The Varying Roles of Women Throughout Woodstock History. The Museum is located at 20 Comeau Drive, Woodstock. Admission is free.

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Adirondack Timbuctoo Exhibit Opens Peterboro Civil War Weekend


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gerrit smith estateThe John Brown Lives traveling exhibit Dreaming of Timbuctoo opens Saturday June 10, the first day of the 25th Annual Peterboro Civil War Weekend.

The exhibit explains Gerrit Smith’s 1846 gift of 40 acres of land to each of 3000 black men in order to assure voting rights, describes the persons who moved to the Lake Placid area to work their land, and describes the ongoing archeological work at the site of the 120,000 acres that came to be known as Timbuctoo. Continue reading

LILAC Season Opens With Shipwrecks Exhibit May 25th


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Partially scrapped tugboats at Witte's yardThe summer season gets underway at the museum ship Lilac with the exhibit Great Shipwrecks of New York’s ‘Great’ Lakes and The Hidden Hulks of New York Harbor, on view through July 4, 2017. The exhibit opens Thursday, May 25 with a reception that is open to the public from 6 to 9 pm with a cash bar.  David White, Recreation Specialist from New York Sea Grant (NYSG) will share reflections on “The Future of Our Maritime Heritage.” Continue reading