Staten Island Ferry History Lecture in NYC


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Staten Island Ferry provided by National Lighthouse MuseumHistorian Patricia Salmon is set to lead a discussion on the history of Staten Island ferries, on November 8th, 2018 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at the National Lighthouse Museum, 200 The Promenade at Lighthouse Point, Staten Island.

Ferries have been running from Staten Island for more than 350 years. The ferry run we know today, ferryboats and classes, the Saint George and Whitehall terminals, ferry calamities, and those individuals who have molded the story of the Staten Island Ferry over the years will be featured. Continue reading

Crossroads of Rockland History Features Artist Lisa Levart


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crossroads of rockland historyThe October 2018 “Crossroads of Rockland History,” featured artist Lisa Levart who spoke about her current exhibition at the Historical Society of Rockland County (HSRC). This exhibition represents the culmination of eighteen months of creative collaboration between Levart and women of the Ramapough Lenape Nation (Rockland and Bergen counties). Levart uses collaged portrait photography as a basis for contemporary reinterpretations of Lenape mythology.

Her technique of layering images with other materials achieves results that blend “contemporary and ancient portraiture across the expanse of time.” A selection of her photographs – some being exhibited for the first time – are displayed alongside prehistoric and historical Lenape objects in the HSRC galleries. Continue reading

Benedict Arnold Road Table At Siena College Nov 13th


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General Arnold GatesThe American Revolution Round Table: Hudson/Mohawk Valleys and Siena College’s McCormick Center for the Study of the American Revolution are set to present, “Benedict Arnold at Saratoga: How a Newly Discovered Letter Changed History” by Eric Schnitzer, on Tuesday, November 13, 2018.

The event starts at 6:30 pm, with time for socializing and networking followed by the program at 7 pm. The event will be held at Siena College, 515 Loudon Rd, Albany, in the Roger Bacon Building, Room 202, also known as Key Auditorium. Continue reading

Former Buffalo State Asylum Receives Preservation Award


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Richardson Olmsted CampusThe National Trust for Historic Preservation has announced the 145-year-old Richardson Olmsted Campus in Buffalo, New York as one of only three winners of the 2018 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Awards.

Given each year at the end of a juried competition, the Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Awards are bestowed on historic preservation efforts that demonstrate excellence in execution and a positive impact on the vitality of their towns and cities. Continue reading

TAUNY Marking 25 Yrs of Heritage Awards at Folklife Festival


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Frasiers ConcertTAUNY, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, is set to host their TAUNY Folklife Fair: Celebrating 25 Years of North Country Heritage Awards on Sunday, October 28 from noon to 5 pm, with a closing concert by the Fraser Family Friends at 4:15 pm, at The TAUNY Center in Canton.

Over 25 years, TAUNY has recognized 129 individuals, groups, places, and events representing the array of traditions that make the North Country special. The Folklife Fair, held this year in place of TAUNY’s annual Salute event, will feature over thirty past award recipients and friends sharing their traditions with the community through demonstrations of material, visual, food, and musical arts, award-themed refreshments, and further hands-on activities and learning experiences. Continue reading

Born Criminal: Suffragist Matilda Joslyn Gage


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born criminalAngelica Shirley Carpenter’s new book Born Criminal: Matilda Joslyn Gage, Radical Suffragist takes a look at Matilda Gage’s life and why she is often overlooked when her comrades, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, are regularly celebrated.

Reflecting upon her 1893 arrest, Gage said, “All of the crimes which I was not guilty of rushed through my mind, but I failed to remember that I was a born criminal – a woman.” What was Gage’s crime? Registering to vote. The verdict? Guilty as charged. Continue reading

Early Settlers West of Schenectady Oct 25th


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Map of Mohawk Valley Schenectady WestThe Fort Plain Museum is set to host “The ‘Willigee Negroes’: Sir Peter Warren, Sir William Johnson and the First Permanent Settlement in the Mohawk Valley West of Schenectady” by Daniel T. Weaver, on Thursday, October 25th at 7 pm.

The presentation will include information about the Willigee Patent, believed to be the first permanent European settlement in the Mohawk Valley west of Schenectady, and its earliest settlers—the Coppernol, Van Olinda, and Phillips families. Evidence will be presented concerning the identity of the “Willigee Negroes” mentioned in Sir William Johnson’s Papers as well as William Johnson’s relationship with them during his first years in America. Continue reading