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The 32nd Conference on New York State History 
Sponsored by
New York State Historical Association
In collaboration with
New York State Archives Partnership Trust
Co-sponsored by
New York Council for the Humanities

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Field Horne Postal address: 
Box 215 Saratoga Springs NY 12866-0215

Conference Deputy Chair  Edward Knoblauch

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The 2011 Conference on New York State History
Conference Schedule

The 2011 Conference on New York State History Conference Schedule

Thursday, June 2

8:30 am –5:00 pm Registration Fenimore Art Museum

9:00 am –2:00 pm Workshop: Demystifying Digitization (advance registration required) Sponsored by Museumwise Stephanie Lehner, coordinator Includes boxed lunch

Digitization is a word we’re hearing a lot these days, but what does it mean and why should we be doing it? Participants in this workshop will walk away with an understanding of what it means to digitize, how to manage a digitization project, where to find help, and what to do once the project is completed. This workshop has been developed by Museumwise, a non-profit service organization that works with museums and historical societies in New York State, and is supported by the Documentary Heritage Program, a statewide program of the New York State Archives, which strives to identify historical records and make them available to the public.

Matthew Hogan Manager of Digital Services and Resource Sharing, South Central Regional Library Council Matthew will cover the basics of digitization; what digitization is, what a project entails and how to manage it, where to find resources, and what a project should be able to do.

Erin Richardson Curator, The Farmers’ Museum Erin will talk about the development and implementation of her two digitization projects for the New York State Historical Association and The Farmers’ Museum: and . The goal of this case study is to cover not just the logistics of digitization projects but how to use them for outreach and programming.

3:00 pm Concurrent Sessions

101 Civil War Commemorations Fenimore Art Museum Auditorium Program and speakers to be announced

102 New York Academy of History Panel Fenimore Art Museum, Thaw Study Center Chair: Patricia U. Bonomi, New York University (emerita) Program and speakers to be announced, featuring members of the New York Academy of History.

Dinner on your own

8:00 pm Keynote Prof. Craig Symonds, U.S. Naval Academy (emeritus) "New York and the Civil War" Cooperstown High School Auditorium

Friday, June 3

8:00 am – 6:00 pm Registration Fenimore Art Museum

8:00 am – 6:00 pm Exhibits (check our Sponsor/Exhibitor Information page to learn more about sponsorship opportunities) Fenimore Art Museum

9:00 am –10:45 am Concurrent sessions

201 The Eighteenth Century Fenimore Art Museum Auditorium Hazardous Materials Archaeology in Fort Edward Paul Gates and Alex Lehning, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum The Quit Rent Acts of 1786 and 1787: A Godsend to Small Farmers and Historians Alike Ken D. Johnson, Independent Scholar Patriots and Pensions: Warren’s Bush and the Mohawk Valley during the Revolutionary Era Gayle Ann Livecchia, Fairleigh Dickinson University Comment: James Folts, New York State Archives

202 The Environment Fenimore Art Museum, Thaw Study Center Captain George White: Southampton’s First Preservationist Tom Edmonds, Southampton Historical Museum Threatening City Water: A 19th Century Episode in Watershed Protection Patricia Houser, Independent Scholar The Rustic Craft: Adirondack Furniture and the Establishment of a Regional Style Maria Reynolds, Loyola University Chicago Comment: Jonathan C. Bergman, Texas A&M University

203 Urban Renewal NYSHA Library Classroom (second floor) Without a Voice: A Study of Urban Renewal, Redevelopment, and the Disenfranchised in Saratoga Springs – 1960–1985 Geraldine LaGotta, Independent Scholar Mayor Robert F. Wagner and Urban Renewal’s "New Look" Steven A. Levine, LaGuardia and Wagner Archives A Short History of Vegetable Gardening in New York City in the 20th Century Daniel Bowman Simon, New York University Comment: David Schuyler, Franklin and Marshall College

10:45 am – 11:00 pm Break

11:00 am –12:15 am Concurrent sessions

301 Disasters Fenimore Art Museum Auditorium The Rochester Riots Alexander Aldrich, Empire State College (emeritus) An Evolution in Relief: The Disaster Relief Operations of the American National Red Cross in the Wake of the "Hurricane of ’38," Suffolk County, Long Island Jonathan C. Bergman, Texas A&M University Commentator: William F. Howard, Independent Scholar

302 Progressive Laws and Ideas in Practice: Teaching the Progressive Movement through a Documentary Examination of Bronx Housing Fenimore Art Museum, Thaw Study Center Matthew J. Foglino, Lehman College CUNY Michael Freydin, New York City Public Schools Comment: Vivien Rose, Women's Rights National Historical Park

303 Immigrants NYSHA Library Classroom (second floor) Singing in a Strange City: The Emergence of a Caribbean Seventh-Day Adventist Community in New York City, 1958–2008 Glenn O. Phillips, Morgan State University Norwegians in New York: A Grassroots Effort to Document the Impact of an Understudied Immigrant Population Rigmor Swensen, Norwegian Immigration Association Lars Nilsen, Norwegian Immigration Association Comment: Edythe Ann Quinn, Hartwick College

12:15 pm – 1:45 pm Lunch (buffet in Jones Center, $17.00) The Farmers’ Museum, Louis C. Jones Center Speaker: Eduard van Breen, Independent Scholar "The Half Moon: The Whole Story"

1:45 pm – 3:30 pm Concurrent Sessions

401 Cemeteries Fenimore Art Museum Auditorium Affordable Eternity: The Lutheran Cemetery of Middle Village Brigid Harmon, Independent Scholar Researching Westchester’s Cemeteries Patrick Raftery, Westchester County Historical Society Harlem African Burial Ground: From the Seventeenth Century to the Future Jean Ballard Terepka, Independent Scholar Comment: Robert V. Wells, Union College

402 The Progressive Era Fenimore Art Museum, Thaw Study Center From Pushcarts to Platform Shoes: The Evolution of a Neighborhood in the 20th Century Lynda Kennedy, The New York Public Library "A Long Way in Coming": The Suffrage Campaign in Upstate New York Karen Pastorello, Tompkins Cortland Community College Rescuing Ernestine Rose (1880–1961): City Librarian and Social Activist Ann H. Sandford, Independent Scholar Comment: William S. Walker, Cooperstown Graduate Program

403 The Revolution NYSHA Library Classroom (second floor) Archaeology, History and Preservation of the National Register Fishkill Supply Depot Mara Farrell, Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot William Sandy, Archaeologist From Rabble to an Army: The Creation of a Competent Officer Corps: The Sullivan Clinton Expedition Joseph R. Fischer, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Rediscovering Quartermaster Sergeant Thomas Gee: An Evaluation of Revolutionary War Service Records Matthew Thorenz, University at Albany SUNY Comment: Nicholas Westbrook, Independent Scholar

3:30 pm – 3:45 pm Break

3:45 pm – 5:00 pm Concurrent sessions

501 Institutions Fenimore Art Museum Auditorium "Over the river and through the wood…" School Districts in the central Unadilla Valley corridor, Part I, 1790–1849 Leigh C. Eckmair, Town of Butternuts/Village of Gilbertsville Historian Craig Colony for Epileptics, Sonyea, N.Y. Thomas A. Roffe, Town and Village of Leicester Historian Comment: Sherri Cash, Utica College

502 Lincoln in New York Fenimore Art Museum, Thaw Study Center Mr. Lincoln’s Visit to Westchester County: The Sesquicentennial of an Inaugural Journey Anthony J. Czarnecki, The Lincoln Society in Peekskill Lincoln in Albany W. Dennis Duggan, Albany County Family Court Comment: Joseph R. Fischer, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College

503 Politics NYSHA Library Classroom (second floor) From Hyde Park to Harlem: The Emergence of FDR’s Black Constituency in New York City Durahn Taylor, Pace University Fiorello LaGuardia, Philosopher: The Thought behind New York’s New Deal Robert W. Whalen, Queens University of Charlotte Comment: Edward Knoblauch, Conference Deputy Chair

6:00 pm Dinner Fenimore Art Museum Terrace, weather permitting. Rain location is The Farmers’ Museum, Louis C. Jones Center Barbeque dinner catered by Brooks' House of Bar-B-Q will be served on the terrace at the Fenimore Art Museum, weather permitting (rain location will be at the Louis C. Jones Center at The Farmers' Museum, across the street from the conference session locations). The menu will include chicken, pork ribs, baked potato with sour cream, coleslaw, dinner rolls, tossed salad, and dessert.

8:00 pm The Wendell Tripp Lecture The Farmers’ Museum, Louis C. Jones Center John L. Brooke, Ohio State University The World of Martin Van Buren's Emergence: The County of Columbia and the New Republic

Saturday, June 4

8:00 am – 11:00 am Registration

9:00 am – 10:45 am Concurrent Sessions

601 The Civil War Fenimore Art Museum Auditorium "No Mortal Eye Can Penetrate": Louis Ransom’s Commemoration of John Brown Warren F. Broderick, New York State Archives Communication with the Enemy: The Remarkable Civil War Correspondence between a Confederate Soldier and a Syracuse Abolitionist Dennis Connors, Onondaga Historical Association War in a Northern Town: One Community’s Response to Civil War 1861–1865 William F. Howard, Independent Scholar Comment: Michael Aikey, New York State Military Museum

602 New York City Fenimore Art Museum, Thaw Study Center More Than Beecher: Advocacy of Human Rights at Plymouth Church before the Civil War Lois Rosebrooks, Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims Frank Decker, Independent Scholar Print Culture and Everyday Life in Early New York, 1790–1830 Steven Carl Smith, University of Missouri From Pioneer to Pariah: A Brief History of Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue Coach Company, 1885–1962 Andrew J. Sparberg, Independent Scholar Comment: Michael Miscione, Manhattan Borough Historian

603 Women’s History NYSHA Library Classroom (second floor) Finding Women at Work in Chenango County: 1869–1950 Diane Hamblin, Chenango County Historical Society "Be a Spug": Gender, Class, and Gift Reform in Progressive New York Ellen Litwicki, SUNY Fredonia Patronage, Expertise or Interest Group? Women Appointees to Non-competitive New York State Positions, 1917–1942 Dorothy Tobin, Empire State College Comment: Denise Bauer, Culinary Institute of America

10:45 am – 11:00 am Break

11:00 am – 12:15 pm Concurrent sessions

701 African-Americans Fenimore Art Museum Auditorium African-Americans in Niagara Falls Michael Boston, SUNY Brockport Unsilenced Voice: The Life of a Freed Slave in New York Rose Rudnitski, SUNY New Paltz Susan Stessin-Cohn, Independent Scholar Comment: Elise Lemire, SUNY Purchase

702 Geography Fenimore Art Museum, Thaw Study Center Why Not Seneca Falls? The Perils of Monopoly Capitalism on the New York Frontier Scott Anderson, SUNY Cortland Milk-by-Rail in New York State: Conquering Technical, Logistical, and Administrative Obstacles James E. Pratt, Cornell University (emeritus) Comment: Susan Ingalls Lewis, SUNY New Paltz

703 The Sporting Life NYSHA Library Classroom (second floor) Majesty, Misdeeds, and Mange: Show Dogs in the Victorian Capital District Kelli Huggins, Independent Scholar The Late, Great Brooklyn Riding and Driving Club Lucas G. Rubin, Columbia University Comment: Jacob Ludes, New England Association of Schools and Colleges

12:15 pm – 1:45 pm Lunch (buffet in Jones Center, $17.00) The Farmers’ Museum, Louis C. Jones Center Speaker: Philip Buehler, Photographer "The Necessity of (Post)Modern Ruins"


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