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Hamilton Scheme: Creating An American Economy


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museum of american financeOn Thursday, July 12, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm, Historian and author William Hogeland, a contributor to Historians on Hamilton (Rutgers University Press, 2018), will speak on how Alexander Hamilton’s national financial plan worked, why the public remains generally unaware of the details, the extremes Hamilton was willing to go to in order to bring the plan about, and why his opponents (Jefferson, Madison and Gallatin) couldn’t fully dismantle it during 16 years of Democratic Republican administration. The talk will be followed by Q&A. Continue reading

Diary of Theodosia Ford: Photo Exhibit in Seneca Falls


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diary of theodosia fordA fine art photographic exhibit opening focusing on Theodosia Ford is set to open on July 1 at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, NY.

The Diary of Theodosia Ford – Photographs by Xiomaro will be on view until August 31. The images, together with an imagined diary based on factual accounts, tell the story of a young widow’s unsung role in the American Revolution. Theodosia and her four children crammed into two rooms from 1779-80 – during one of the worst winters of the century – and gave up control of her New Jersey home to George Washington and his entourage for use as his military base. Continue reading

Private Screening Of New PBS Doc At Jay Heritage


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boston miles stone markerA private screening of PBS’ new feature, 10 Streets that Changed America, has been set for Sunday, July 29th at 4 pm at the Jay Heritage Center (JHC), in Rye, NY.

The documentary tours 10 streets that influenced the way we travel around the United States. The screening will be followed by a conversation with author and journalist Eric Jaffe. A cocktail reception will follow at the Jay Mansion which looks out on America’s oldest highway, the Boston Post Road. Continue reading

Early Maps of Rome NY Presentation Set


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rome historical societyMuseum Educator Patrick Reynolds is set to discuss a variety of maps of the region using modern geospatial technology to overlay these maps onto current maps of the area on June 21 at 7 pm at the Rome Historical Society.

County Atlas’ and Sanborn fire insurance maps will be discussed as a tool for researchers as well as some recently uncovered maps found during work on improvements to permanent Rome Historical Society exhibits. Continue reading

Haverstraw’s African American Connections


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crossroads of rockland historyOn the June 2018 “Crossroads of Rockland History,” Clare Sheridan welcomed Virginia Norfleet, the founder of the Haverstraw African American Connection (HAAC). This organization was instrumental in the creation of the Haverstraw African American Memorial Park and Haverstraw’s Annual Juneteenth Celebration.

Norfleet spoke about the research she has done through the HAAC to uncover the rich culture and contributions of African Americans of Haverstraw, New York, the Juneteenth Celebrations and the importance of Memorial Park. Listen to the podcast here. Continue reading

Gilded Age Interactive Audience Tour in Dutchess County


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Staatsburgh State Historic Site Audience Participation castStaatsburgh State Historic Site’s “Gilded Age Experience Deluxe Audience Participation Tour,” on Sunday, June 24th (at 1 pm), lets visitors participate in activities that took place in the mansion 100 years ago.

A cast of costumed interpreters who portray guests and servants of Staatsburgh’s turn-of-the-century owners, Ruth and Ogden Mills, who resided at Staatsburgh — their country estate on the Hudson River — each autumn, hosting lavish weekend parties for America’s wealthiest and most elite society.

Visitors will be announced by the butler, and then meet Staatsburgh’s guests and servants. As they tour the house, visitors will calm the flustered chambermaid, assist the footman with the formal dining room table settings, and try out their skill as a lady’s maid or valet. Continue reading

Rome Historical Society’s 2018 Tour of Homes


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rome historical societyA tour of historic Rome and Westernville has been set for Sunday, July 29th from noon to 5 pm, as part of the Rome Historical Society’s Tour of Homes community celebration.

Eight noteworthy properties and their unique histories will be showcased during Honor America Days weekend. This year’s Tour of Homes includes both residential and commercial buildings, ranging from an 1856 former church to a newly-built historic home reproduction, to the 1894 mansion of a significant Rome leader. Patrons may visit each property at their leisure and in the order they choose. Continue reading