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American Women’s Suffrage Movement Concert in Song and Story


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sufferage-concert-castOld Songs, Inc. presents a concert of 19th–20th century songs from the Women’s Suffrage Movement on Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19, 2016, at 7:30 pm at the Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 South Main St., Voorheesville, NY.

With narrative, and songs that women sang during the suffrage movement between 1848 and 1920, this two-act concert tells the story of how American women won the right to vote. This is the story of one of the most innovative and successful non-violent civil rights efforts in our country. Continue reading

National Park Service Issues LGBTQ History Study


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lgbtq-americaA new National Park Service theme study identifying places and events associated with the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-identified Americans has been released.

LGBTQ America: A Theme Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History is believed to be a first of its kind study conducted by a national government to chronicle historical places, documents, people and events that shaped the LGBTQ civil rights movement in America. Continue reading

The Public and Private Life of James Monroe


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ben_franklins_worldOn April 30, 1789, George Washington became the first President of the United States. Between 1789 and 1825, five men would serve as president. Four of them hailed from Virginia.

Many of us know details about the lives and presidencies of  Washington, Jefferson, and Madison. But what do we know about the life and presidency of the fourth Virginia president, James Monroe?

In this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, we explore the public and private life of James Monroe with Sara Bon-Harper, Executive Director of James Monroe’s Highland, the 535-acre farm and home of James Monroe. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/103

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Millard Powers Fillmore: A Short Sketch


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Millard Fillmore portraitMillard Powers Fillmore, or “Powers” as he was commonly known, was a Harvard educated man. An avid outdoor’s man trained in the law, Powers held a position in the White House by the age of twenty-two, serving as his father’s personal secretary.

He was short and stout, but handsome like his father, and had gained a reputation as a “good lawyer and sound thinker,” at a young age. His circumstances probably provided him plenty of opportunities to fraternize with women and other social elites of the time. Continue reading

New Book: FDR On His Houseboat


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fdr on his houseboat book coverIn the midst of the Jazz Age, while Americans were making merry, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was stricken by polio and withdrew from public life. From 1924 to 1926, believing that warm water and warm air would help him walk again, he spent the winter months on his new houseboat, the Larooco, sailing the Florida Keys, fishing, swimming, playing Parcheesi, entertaining guests, and tending to engine mishaps.

During his time on the boat, he kept a nautical log describing each day’s events, including rare visits by his wife, Eleanor, who was busy carving out her own place in the world. Missy LeHand, his personal assistant, served as hostess aboard the Larooco. Continue reading

Custom Houses and the Making of the American State


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ben_franklins_worldCould customs collectors, the tax men of early America, be the unsung founders of the early United States?

In this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, we explore the creation of the United States customs service and its contributions to the establishment of the federal government with Gautham Rao, an Assistant Professor of History at American University and author of National Duties: Custom Houses and the Making of the American State (University of Chicago Press, 2016). You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/098

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‘Votes for Women’ Reading, Discussion Program In Canton


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alice riggs hunt 1915The New York Council for the Humanities has joined forces with the St. Lawrence County Historical Association to offer “Votes for Women”, a monthly reading and discussion series that runs from September 10th thru December 17th.

At the St. Lawrence County Historical Association, participants will come together over the course of six sessions to discuss a variety of thematically linked texts with Dr. Melissane Parm Schrems, Associate Professor of History and Coordinator of Native American Studies at St. Lawrence University.

Participants in “Votes for Women” will explore the history of the women’s suffrage movement in our state and nation and discuss women’s – and by extension, our society’s – past, present, and future. The readings in this series include both fiction and non-fiction accounts selected by Dr. Schrems. Continue reading