Freedoms We Lost in the American Revolution


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ben_franklins_worldDeclaring independence from Great Britain required the formation of new governments.

But why did Americans want and need new governments? And how did their interactions and experiences with their old, colonial governments inform their decisions to create new governments?

In this episode of Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History, Barbara Clark Smith, a curator in the division of political history at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and the author of The Freedoms We Lost: Consent and Resistance in Revolutionary America (The New Press, 2010), leads us on an exploration of how Americans interacted with their government before the American Revolution and how the Revolution changed their interaction and ideas about government. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/154

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Schenectady Votes For Women Reading & Discussion Group


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votes for women2017 marks the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage in New York State, and this fall, Humanities New York is exploring the subject with a reading and discussion group.

Union College Professor Andrea Foroughi will leads the group through six evenings of book discussion. The book selections include history, biography, and fiction, and provide a window into this chapter of American social progress and a springboard into ongoing discussions of women’s history. Continue reading

Roosevelt Island Lecture: History of Affordable Housing in NYC


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eastwood buildingThe Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS) has invited the public to the first of four free lectures: Eastwood and the History of Affordable Housing in New York City by Matthias Altwicker, Architect, at the New York Public Library Branch on Roosevelt Island, on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 6:30 pm.

In this lecture, architect Matthias Altwicker who is Associate Professor and Chair at the School of Architecture and Design of the New York Institute of Technology, will discuss the history of Eastwood and the contributions of its designer, noted architect Josep Lluís Sert, then Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Mr. Altwicker will also discuss the origins and progress of affordable housing in New York City. Continue reading

Albany: Telling The Truth In A Post-Truth World


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kurt andersonThe New York State Writers Institute will hold a  two-day symposium, Telling the Truth in a Post-Truth World, October 12th to 14th, which will feature guests of interest to the history community, including Douglas Brinkley on a panel about the American Presidency with Bob Schieffer; David Daley, former editor of Salon, with Ratf**ked, a history of gerrymandering and vote-rigging; recent Lt. Gov. candidate Tim Wu, with a new book on the history of advertising, The Attention Merchants; Carol Anderson, with her current bestselling history of white resentment, White Rage; Pamela Newkirk, author of a history of African Americans in journalism; Kurt Andersen, with a grand history of American flimflammery and snake oil salesmanship, Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire, and more.

The multi-event symposium will cover topics crucial to an open democratic society.  All members of the general public are invited to following events. Everything is free and unticketed, apart from the first event, which requires a book purchase to raise money for programming. Continue reading

NYC Event: New Amsterdam in the Dutch Atlantic


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new amsterdam history centerThe New Amsterdam History Center will host historians Wim Klooster and Dennis J. Maika who will give a presentation, New Amsterdam in the Dutch Atlantic: A Dialogue About Trade and Entrepreneurship on the 17th Century World Stage, on Monday November 6, from 6:30 to 8 pm.

Klooster and Maika will exchange ideas and perceptions on such topics as the operation of both state-sponsored commercial monopolies and private entrepreneurship, the practical aspects of arranging trade, cooperation as well as competition between representatives of European empires, the impact of “sustained warfare” in the seventeenth century, and finally, the Dutch commercial legacy in both the Atlantic World and New York. Continue reading

Rockville Centre Walking Tour And Reception Planned


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St. Agnes Cathedral - Rockville Centre LIRR Station The Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities (SPLIA) has partnered with the Rockville Centre to organize a behind-the-scenes tour on Saturday, October 28 from 11 am to 2 pm.

Explore the historic heart of Rockville Centre with Village Historian, Marilyn Nunes Devlin, including the St. Agnes Cathedral, the Village Hall, and the Church of the Ascension. The tour will conclude with a reception at the restored Victorian-era Phillips House Museum. Continue reading

Adirondack History: A Strange Case of Mistaken Identity


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While it’s not gallows humor by definition, finding laughter in stories related to death can be a difficult proposition. In this case, rest assured: there’s actually not much death involved, and if your funny bone is intact, what follows should tickle it at least a bit.

In mid-August 1904, a number of regional newspapers reported a drowning near Underwood at the west end of Raquette Pond in Tupper Lake. Witnesses who saw a man jump into the water near the bridge there narrowed the possibilities to two: that he jumped in to retrieve his hat when it was blown off by the wind, or he committed suicide. The one thing everyone agreed on was that the man had deliberately entered the water where the current was strong and the depth may have been twenty feet or more. His body was recovered after a brief search and delivered to the undertaker, where locals came to help identify the victim. Continue reading

Knox’s Headquarters Halloween Event


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knox headquartersKnox’s Headquarters in Vails Gate, Orange County, NY, will host a 45-minute scary theatrical presentation between 7 and 10 pm on October 26, and will offer self guided ground tours.

The 1754 Ellison home will serve as a stage for this macabre presentation about ghosts and strange happenings. This program lasts approximately 45 minutes and is recommended for visitors 12 years and older. Reservations are required and visitors are asked to arrive in the parking lot at least 10 minutes prior to their scheduled start time. Admission is free.  Continue reading

Long Island: Mather House Museum Complex Tour


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Mather House Museum courtesy Historical Society of Greater Port JeffersonThe Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities (SPLIA) has partnered with the Mather House Museum Complex in Port Jefferson, to provide a behind-the-scenes tour on Saturday, October 21, from 2 to 4 pm.

Port Jefferson Historical Society’s Mather Museum Complex curator Laura Warren will lead the tour. The tour will look at the museum’s new archives building and delve into the facility’s planning, design, and realization. Continue reading