The D&H Canal: 19th Century Engine of Prosperity tells the basic history of the D&H and illustrates how many of the industries it fostered. Bill Merchant has been with the D&H Canal Historical Society for over eight years. He previously served as board president and is now employed as the Deputy Director for Collections, Historian and Curator. He also serves as president of the Delaware and Hudson Transportation Heritage Council, vice president of the Ulster County Historical Society, and on the board of the Century House Historical Society, where he serves as historian and collections committee chair.
This is a FREE Event hosted by Schoharie Crossing via Webex. Please note: the link goes live ten minutes prior to the presentation. Everyone is automatically muted upon entry. We ask that you disable your webcam to save bandwidth and avoid distraction.
Tim McLean will speak on the Oneida Community, one of the most successful utopian communities in 19th century America. The community was most widely known for its unusual system of marriage and family life, but it also launched a number of successful businesses including the Oneida Ltd flatware company. He will also talk about the community's system of governance and the background of its founder, John Humphey Noyes. Tim McLean is a Professor Emeritus of Social Science at Herkimer County Community College. He grew up in Buffalo, NY and received a BA in Sociology from St. John Fisher College, a MA in Sociology from SUNY-Albany and a Ph.D in Foundations of Education from SUNY-Albany. McLean taught Sociology at Herkimer from 1977 to 2017 and received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2006. He currently serves as a docent at both the Oneida Community Mansion House and the General Herkimer Home State Historic Site and is also a volunteer with Hospice and Palliative Care of Oneida and Herkimer Counties.
Ashley Hopkins-Benton, the Senior Historian and Curator of Social History at the NYS Museum, takes us on this exploration of Henry DiSpirito. DiSpirito immigrated from Italy to Utica, NY in 1921. A stonemason by trade, he dreamed of life as an artist, and soon found his calling in direct stone carving. Learn about how DiSpirito coaxed animals out of stones he found in the Mohawk Valley, how he worked to become a successful artist, and how he used his art to give back to his community.
We will explore some of the great paintings in the collection at the Arkell Museum with Mary Alexander, Curator of Education and Public Engagement at The Arkell Museum and David Brooks of Schoharie Crossing. Discover more about the collection, the artists, and the history represented in the amazing portraits and landscapes.
The "Schuyler Sisters" have been causing quite a stir in the Broadway musical, Hamilton: An American Musical, but did you know that there were really five sisters? Learn what it was like growing up as a Schuyler, as program by Jessica Serfilippi takes an in-depth look at the history of the Schuyler women, their daily lives, and the impact they had in shaping their family's history. Jessica Serfilippi is an interpreter at Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site.
In "The Life & Times of DeWitt Clinton," Ashley Maready tells the story of the 6th governor of New York and his involvement in politics and the creation of America's first major engineering marvel, the Erie Canal. Ashley Maready has been the Curator of Collections & Exhibitions at the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse, NY since 2016. She holds degrees in history and philosophy and applied history and has worked for historical institutions in Pennsylvania, Arkansas, and Kansas.
This is a FREE Program as part of the Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site NYS History Month series. All participants are muted upon entry. We ask that you disable your webcam to save bandwidth and to avoid distraction.
Few things are more universal than a need for food. What people eat of often related to where they live and their socio-economic standing. The 19th century in America brought massive change to where people lived, and a growing industry often brought social uplift. At the center of much of this change was the opening and expansion of the Erie Canal and the people who lived and worked on it. Amanda Massie and Valerie Balint will discuss how the technology and ideas that moved along the Erie Canal shaped how Americans ate in the 19th century.