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A Visit To Marilla Civil War Days in Erie County


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Marilla Civil War DaysOn July 29 & 30, Marilla, New York (in Erie County) held its 14th Annual Civil War Days at Marilla Town Park.

The weekend was packed full of activities, including a ladies period tea party, artillery demonstrations, candlelight tours, a period dance and church service, and of course battle reenactments. At Sutlers Row, vendors sold Civil War memorabilia, flags, books, and uniforms.

Each year has something a little different to offer. Previously, the event featured barn burnings, ground charges, and falling trees and buildings. Saturday’s reenactment was more conventional. Continue reading

Hudson Heritage Conference Proposals Sought


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ghhn annual conferenceThe Greater Hudson Heritage Network (GHHN) Annual Conference will be held at Bard College/Montgomery Place in Annandale-on-Hudson on Tuesday, October 10.

The 2017 Annual Conference will feature break-out sessions, office hours with grant funding organizations,tours of Montgomery Place, a large group art activity, breakfast, networking luncheon, full-day exhibit hall, the Awards for Excellence ceremony, and more. Continue reading

Mercy Otis Warren and the American Revolution


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ben_franklins_worldMercy Otis Warren wasn’t your typical early American woman. She was a woman with strong political viewpoints, which she wrote about and published for the world to see and consider.

Did anyone take her views seriously?

Did her writings sway public opinion in the direction of her political views?

In this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, Rosemarie Zagarri, author of A Woman’s Dilemma: Mercy Otis Warren and the American Revolution (Wiley-Blackwell 2015), helps us kick off a new, six-episode series about the people of the American Revolution by taking us through the life of Mercy Otis Warren. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/145

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Popular Deaf Storyteller Performing at Schoharie Crossing


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Peter Cook Internationally known deaf performance artist Peter Cook will be at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site on Sunday, August 13 at 6 pm.

His performance entitled, “A Feast for Your Eyes: ASL Storytelling” will take place outdoors in front of the Schoharie Crossing Visitor Center, or indoors in case of rain. The event is free.

Peter Cook is an artist whose work incorporates American Sign Language, pantomime, storytelling, acting and movement. He performs with his entire body using sign language as an interpreter translates into English. Continue reading

National Parks Senior Pass Price Rises, Limited Availability


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2017 Senior PassThe amount of people buying a $10 National Parks senior pass before the price increases on August 28 has created a shortage of passes available in parts of Upstate New York.

Citing “requirements set by legislation passed by Congress in December 2016,” the National Parks Service is increasing the price of the America the Beautiful-National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass from $10 to $80. Pass holders are given lifetime access to more than 2,000 sites and parks.  Continue reading

A Report From Peterboro Emancipation Day Gathering


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emancipation day 2017Families, friends, presenters, and supporters of the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark gathered from across the state and country to participate in the 8th Annual Peterboro Emancipation Day August 5, 2017 in Peterboro NY.

The sun shone on the outdoor gathering in front of the barn whence carriages drove to carry fugitives to Oswego to cross by boat to Canada. Organizers Jim Corpin, Carrie Martin, and Max Smith, opened the morning session. Continue reading

Concert At Grant Cottage Celebrates Citizen Soldiers With Musical Timeline


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77th NY Regimental BalladeersThe 77th NY Regimental Balladeers, featuring local talent Gisella Montanez-Case, will present a multi-media concert at U.S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site on Saturday, August 12 at 4 pm.

The performance, entitled “Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier: 1776-1976,” is a music and film tribute honoring all who served. Attendees will experience America’s wartime story through song, still images, film, verse and several sing-a-long segments. Continue reading