To celebrate the anniversary of Frederick Douglass’s 200th birthday, Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives has published a Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Curriculum.
Frederick Douglass was an African-American abolitionist, orator, writer, statesman, and social reformer. After escaping from slavery in Maryland he described his experiences in his autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (1845). Continue reading
The William G. Pomeroy Foundation is offering grants to Historical Societies and Historical Museums in NYS with annual budgets of $50,000 or less to attend the Museum Association of New York’s (MANY) annual conference being held April 8 – 10, 2018 in Rochester.
The grant of $1,000 can be used for conference registration, travel, meals/lodging, membership in MANY and the New York Council of Non-Profits. The grant deadline is February 15, 2018. Continue reading
The complete program for the April 20-22 PhotoHistory/PhotoFuture conference in Rochester has been announced.
More than 70 speakers are expected, from nine nations and more than 15 U.S. states.
Topics and research subjects include new ways to view and understand “old” subjects (e.g., portraiture, landscapes) to novel, cross- and inter-disciplinary approaches to the medium (business, science, archivists, education, journalism, installations). Continue reading
The Museum Association of New York (MANY) will hold their Annual Conference on April 8-10, 2018, in Rochester NY.
This year’s MANY conference will take advantage of all that Rochester to offer; programs, workshops, and new Conference Capstones will be held in cultural institutions throughout the city. Evenings will include engaging networking events and dining experiences. Continue reading
The oldest, continually running regional Antiquarian Book Fair in the U.S. will take place in downtown Rochester, NY at the Main Street Armory on Saturday, September 9, from 10 am to 4 pm.
Presented by the Rochester Area Booksellers Association (RABA) and RIT Press, annually the Fair attracts an increasing number of visitors and exhibitors. Currently, nearly 50 dealers from across the nation and Canada are expected to bring rare antiquarian titles along with good secondhand books of wide subject breadth and reader interest, including scholarly texts. Additionally, exhibitors will feature prints, maps, photographica and collectible ephemera embracing equally diverse subject categories. Continue reading
A three-day conference, “PhotoHistory/PhotoFuture,” will explore the scholarship, practice, profession, preservation, and access to photography’s – including motion pictures’ – history, present day expression, and projected opportunities and challenges. The conference takes place April 20 to 22, 2018 in Rochester.
PhotoHistory/PhotoFuture is sponsored and organized by RIT Press, the scholarly book publishing enterprise at Rochester Institute of Technology. The call for scholarly papers to be presented at the conference invites proposals on the widest and deepest range of topics on photography’s history and future from an equally broad range of scholars, professionals, and practitioners. Continue reading
There is an interesting headstone in the Pine Bush Cemetery in Rochester, Ulster County, NY on Route 209. If you are not looking for it, you will definitely miss it. It is unassuming, and partially overshadowed by the gas station next door. A closer look reveals a remarkable story and the Civil War solider who lived it.
His name was David L. Wells, the son of a carpenter named Charles Wells. He was 18 when he enlisted in Company C of the 120th Infantry Regiment, also known as the Ulster Regiment, as well as Washington’s Guard. It was under the command of Colonel George H. Sharpe. Wells enlisted in Rochester in Ulster County April 12, 1862. Continue reading
One hundred years ago, New York State women won the right to vote, three years before the federal amendment. To celebrate that milestone, many local organizations have lined up to host presentations by Susan B. Anthony expert Jeanne Gehret. The 11 talks, which cover two distinct topics, will present Anthony family members in Rochester who were at the center of universal suffrage — for both women and African-Americans — for sixty years.
Penfield Public Library will host Jeanne Gehret, who will give a presentation “All for Suffrage: Susan B. Anthony’s Kin” on April 27, 2017. Her other presentation, titled “Failure is Impossible,” features a costumed presentation of Miss Anthony “in person” and will be featured twice at Votetilla, the upstate celebration of New York State Woman Suffrage to be held this July. A current list of Gehret’s talks is available here. Continue reading
One of the most influential basketball players is remembered in Barry S. Martin’s new book, Bob Davies: A Basketball Legend (RIT Press, 2016). Davies’s contributions to modern basketball include the introduction of the behind the-back dribble, the penetration and transition styles of play, and several innovative passes.
The book recounts Davies’ time with the Rochester Royals, today’s NBA Sacramento Kings. Sports Illustrated named Davies as one of the eight most infuential players in the frst century of college basketball. The NBA selected him as one of the ten best players in its first quarter century. Author and Rochester native Barry Martin narrates the Davies story and the athlete’s impact on the sport from experience watching Davies play. Continue reading
The 2016 19th Amendment Celebration in the Susan B Anthony Neighborhood will take place on Sunday, August 21, from 11 am to 5 pm.
This annual event celebrates the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women throughout the country the right to vote. The amendment is commonly known as the “Susan B. Anthony Amendment.” Continue reading