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An 1836 Utica Fugitive Slave Escape and Rescue


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The Hayden BuildingActivist, historian, author, and Utica native Deirdre Sinnott is set to present “Underground Railroad: The 1836 Escape, Arrest, and Rescue in Utica of George and Harry Bird” on Wednesday, September 26th at 5:30 pm at the Oneida County Historical Society.

The presentation is the culmination of extensive research by Sinnott and local Oneida County historians to demystify the 180-year-old story of two enslaved men who were encouraged by their dying mistress to run from their home in Woodstock, VA and find the path from slavery to freedom. Continue reading

State Museum Opening Second Erie Canal Exhibit


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Little Falls New York by William Rickarby Miller 1852The New York State Museum will open the second and final phase of it’s exhibition Enterprising Waters: New York’s Erie Canal on Saturday, September 22.

The first phase of the exhibition opened in September 2017 and focused on the circumstances leading up to building the canal and the canal’s construction. The second phase of the exhibition focuses on the Erie Canal’s growth, politics, industries and legacy.

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Colonial Dutch Lecture In Albany Sept 23rd


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Adriaen van der Donck, A Dutch Rebel in Seventeeth-Century AmericaThe Albany Institute of History & Art is set to host author Julie van den Hout on Sunday, September 23 at 2 pm for a lecture on her book Adriaen van der Donck, A Dutch Rebel in Seventeenth-Century America. This lecture is co-sponsored by the New Netherland Institute and is included with museum admission.

Adriaen van der Donck, A Dutch Rebel in Seventeenth-Century America focuses on Adriaen van der Donck, a young legal activist from the seventeenth-century Dutch colony of New Netherland. The book details his life from his childhood and education, but it focuses on his battle to bring his struggling colony’s complaints with the Dutch West India Company to the highest level of government in the Dutch Republic. It also delves into the changes he brought long after his death, as well as discussing his book, Description of New Netherland, which contains his vision for the country. Continue reading

Erie Canalway Grants Now Available


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erie canalway national heritage corridorThe Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor has announced they are now accepting grant applications from not-for-profits, municipalities, and federally recognized Native American tribes that have a project or idea aimed at inspiring people to learn more about New York’s canals, celebrate the Erie Canal Bicentennial, or that encourages further exploration of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. Continue reading

New York History Around The Web This Week


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New Book Celebrates the Literary Legacy of William Kennedy


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bootlegger of the soulUntil now, Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Kennedy’s literary legacy has never been celebrated in one book. From novels such as Ironweed, Legs, and Billy Phelan’s Greatest Game (the Albany Cycle) to Bootlegger of the Soul screenplays like The Cotton Club, as well as his many years of investigative journalistic work, Suzanne Lance and Paul Grondahl, have compiled reviews, essays, and interviews about Kennedy’s contributions to the literary landscape in the new book from SUNY Press, Bootlegger of the Soul. Also included is original writing by the author himself – a play and a short story. Continue reading

Humanities NY: Grant Deadline, Budget and Marketing Webinars


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Humanities New York offers three grant opportunities (Vision, Action, and Quick) to support public-facing humanities projects that encourage audiences to reflect on their values, explore new ideas, and engage with others in their community.

These grants aim to actively engage audiences through creative programming formats, including workshops, roundtables, panel discussions, humanities-infused performances, exhibits, podcasts, and interactive digital platforms. Proposals related to the U.S. Women’s Suffrage Centennial are welcome.

The next Action Grant deadline is Monday, October 1st at 5 pm. Vision and Quick Grants are accepted on a rolling basis. All tax-exempt organizations as well as municipalities and federally recognized Native American Nations are eligible to apply. Continue reading