Travis M. Bowman, Senior Curator of the New York State Bureau of Historic Sites, will present “Slavery and Dutch-Palatine Farmers: How did middle class farmers in New York interact with slavery?” on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Siena College, near Albany, NY.
Usually considered a Southern issue, slavery played a surprisingly large role in colonial and revolutionary era New York. Bowman will examine how slavery evolved in New York under the Dutch, British, and American systems of government and how the institution was utilized at a local and personal level among the Palatine immigrants and their descendants in the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys.
Bowman is responsible for the research, care, and exhibition of the collections at New York State’s historic sites and parks.
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, in the Roger Bacon Building, Room 202, also known as Key Auditorium, 515 Loudon Rd, in Albany. Parking is free, park in Lots L, F or G. Light refreshments will be served after the presentation.
This program is presented by the American Revolution Round Table: Hudson/Mohawk Valleys and Siena College’s McCormick Center for the Study of the American Revolution
The American Revolution Round Table: Hudson/Mohawk Valleys is a joint venture by the following organizations; the Friends of Saratoga Battlefield, the Washington County Historical Society, the Saratoga National Historical Park, the Mohawk Country Association, the 34th Regiment of Foot Light Infantry Company, the Pundits Military Association, Customized Tours by James F. Hughto, and the Fort Plain Museum.
Photo of family group by Willem Cornelisz. Duyster, c. 1631-1633 courtesy Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.