Betsy Ross: The Life Behind the Legend – WEBINAR

New York State Library - VIRTUAL NY

In this online lecture, historian Marla R. Miller, Ph.D. delves into the full life story of this enduring American legend. Miller will touch on the Betsy Ross of legend, and contemplate why her story was embraced by public audiences in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, but our focus will be the life and craft […]

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Irish American Civil War Songs with Catherine V. Bateson, PhD

Irish American Heritage Museum 21 Quackenbush Square, Albany, NY

Irish-born and Irish-descended soldiers and sailors were involved in every major engagement of the American Civil War. Throughout the conflict, they shared their wartime experiences through songs and song lyrics, leaving behind a vast trove of ballads in songbooks, letters, newspaper publications, wartime diaries, and other accounts. Taken together, these songs and lyrics offer an […]

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Pink Triangle Legacies: Coming Out in the Shadow of the Holocaust – WEBINAR

New York State Library - VIRTUAL NY

Historian Dr. Jake Newsome tells the dynamic and inspiring history of the LGBTQ+ community's original pride symbol by tracing the transformation of the pink triangle from a Nazi concentration camp badge into a widespread emblem of queer liberation, pride, and community. Drawing from unexplored archival sources and original interviews, this online presentation showcases the voices […]

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Tracing the Legacy of Great Hunger Trauma with Oonagh Walsh, PhD

Irish American Heritage Museum 21 Quackenbush Square, Albany, NY

Were there long term consequences on Irish mental health because of the Great Hunger? Epigenetics is the study of changes in gene expression that do not involve alterations to the genetic code or DNA, but whose effects may persist over several generations. Since 2013, Dr. Oonagh Walsh has been researching and reporting on the negative […]

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Global Memorials of The Great Hunger

Irish American Heritage Museum 21 Quackenbush Square, Albany, NY

Throughout much of the 20th Century, Ireland struggled with how to memorialize the tragedies of the Great Hunger. It wasn’t until June of 1998, that statues representing the duality of Irish immigration - the deprivation of famine left behind and the potential for prosperity of an American life - were unveiled in Boston, Massachusetts. The […]

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We Are Not Throwing Away Our Shot: The Popular Demand For Inoculation During the American Revolution – WEBINAR

New York State Library - VIRTUAL NY

For more than a decade before the American Revolution, ordinary Americans were demanding access to inoculation to protect themselves against smallpox. Drawing on portions of his new book, The Contagion of Liberty, historian Andrew Wehrman will describe how this demand grew with the coming of the war. The presentation will give particular attention to Dr. James […]

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Capital District Humanist Community Presents, Manufactured Need: What Capitalism Learned from Christianity

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As capitalism developed, it borrowed significantly from the most successful sales model in society at the time: Christianity, which was the dominant paradigm in terms of mass marketing, public relations, indoctrination, management, political influence, brand loyalty, and, of course sales. Adam Neiblum discusses key traits common to Christianity and capitalism, which so define our American […]

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Winter Sachets Workshop

New York Folklore 129 Jay Street, Schenectady, NY

New York Folklore is pleased to announce it’s January, 2023 workshop, Winter Sachets, which will be held from 11AM to 1PM on Sunday, January 15, 2023 at NYF’s gallery at 129 Jay Street, on the pedestrian mall in downtown Schenectady.   The hand-sewing workshop will be led by artist Ellen La Que, who creates one-of-a-kind […]

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Reaching for the Ideal Community: Three American Utopias – WEBINAR

New York State Library - VIRTUAL NY

Throughout American history, groups of people have worked together to build new utopian communities, designed to be purer or happier or fairer than the society around them. In this online talk, Sandra Opdycke will describe three notable utopian projects that flourished during the 19th century: the Shakers, who established dozens of villages in eight different […]

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Shirley Chisholm: Champion of Black Feminist Power Politics – WEBINAR

New York State Library - VIRTUAL NY

Shaking up New York and national politics by becoming the first African American congresswoman and, later, the first Black major-party presidential candidate, Shirley Chisholm left an indelible mark as an "unbought and unbossed" firebrand and a leader in politics for meaningful change. Chisholm spent her formative years moving between Barbados and Brooklyn, and the development […]

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