The Conference on New York State History

June 7-8, 2002
Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, New York

Conference schedule and registration

Registration, exhibitions, and sessions are in Palamountain Hall.
A campus map may be found here.

9:00 - 10:30 AM

Dependent Children
Chair and comment: to be announced

The Colored Orphan Asylum, Karen S. Franklin, Director, The Judaica Museum, and Melba--- Butler, Executive Director, Harlem Dowling-West Side Center for Children and Family Services

Asher Wright-s Thomas Indian School as Utopia and Dystopia, Frederick J. Stefon, Penn State--- Wilkes-Barre

 Women of Property
Chair and comment: to be announced

Sarah Livingston Jay, Not Just a -Queen of Society,- Landa M. Freeman, John Jay Homestead--- State Historic Site

Martha Bradstreet, Prosecuting in Proper Person, Jessica E. Cook, Union College


10:30 - 10:45 AM- Break


10:45 AM - 12:15 PM

 Immigrants and Communities
Chair and comment: Edythe Ann Quinn, Hartwick College

Mechanicville, The New World Paese, Paul Loatman, Mechanicville City Historian

-Hun Chemist Jailed!-: World War I and German Multinationals, Thomas Reimer,  Encyclopedia of New York State

Public Presentation of Controversial Subjects
Chair and comment: William H. Siener, Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society

The Tempestuous Ocean of Amativeness: How Complex Marriage was Introduced into the------ Oneida Community, Lawrence Foster, Georgia Tech

How Do We -Read- Historic Sites: An Approach to the Presentation of Social Movements in    Nineteenth-Century New York, Giles Wayland-Smith, Allegheny College (emeritus)


12:15 - 2:00 Lunch

Commentary: -New York City History After September Eleventh"
Lisa Keller, SUNY Purchase

Kenneth T. Jackson, The New-York Historical Society and Columbia University


2:00 - 3:30 PM

 Artists and the Iroquois
Chair: Jack Campisi, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Research Center

-Benjamin West and the Iroquois,- Arthur Einhorn, Jefferson County Community College;--- Thomas Abler, Waterloo University

-George Catlin and the Iroquois,- Lawrence M. Hauptman, SUNY New Paltz; George Hammell,--- New York State Museum

Comment: Doris Migwan, McCord Museum, McGill University


The Revolutionary War
Chair and comment: Robert F. Jones, Fordham University

Notoriously Disaffected: Fleet Prison and its Inmates, Meryl Rutz, Cambria County Area--- Community College

The Art of Liberation War: Armand-s Legion on the Neutral Ground, Thomas Hallier,--- Sorbonne/Columbia University


Genealogical Approaches
Chair and comment: Roger Joslyn, Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists

In Search of Catoneras, Long Island-s Pocahontas, John Strong, Long Island University--- (emeritus), Rick Van Tassel, James Van Tassel

The Josiah Fish Family of the Genesee Country, Carole J. O-Connell, independent scholar

3:45 - 4:00 PM-- Break


4:00 - 6:00 PM

 Black New Yorkers
Chair and comment: Felix Armfield, Buffalo State College

A Geography of Slavery and Freedom in Antebellum Ulster County and New York City: Isabella--- Van Wagenen and her Family, Myra Young Armstead, Bard College

Forty Acres and a Deed, Amy Godine, independent scholar

Something in Between: Creating Identity Among Second Generation West Indians in New York City, Sherri-Ann Butterfield, Rutgers University


Colonial Ethnicities 
Chair and comment: Eric Roth, Huguenot Historical Society

A Time to be Born and a Time to Die: Demographic Profiles of Colonial New Paltz and New--- Rochelle, Paula Wheeler Carlo, Nassau Community College

French Emigr- in Upstate New York: The Journal of the Castorland Commissioners, John A.  Gallucci, Colgate University

Languishing Churches- Lessons from Middle-Colony Dutch Church Registers, 1690-1772, Dirk Mouw, The University of Iowa


New York-s Canals
Chair and comment: Daniel Larkin, SUC Oneonta

The Erie Canal: How Does the Dang Thing Work, Anyway, J.W. Bouchard, Hartgen - Archaelogical Associates

Searching for The Neck: New York-s First Canal, Philip Lord, Jr., New York State Museum

The St. Lawrence Seaway Project and its Impact on Cornwall and Massena, Claire Parham, Siena- --College


6:00 PM Reception, Palamountain Hall


7:00 PM Dinner, Murray and Aikins Dining Hall


8:30 PM The Wendell E. Tripp Lecture in New York State History

-Facing East towards Colonial New York-
Daniel K. Richter, The McNeil Center for Early American Studies, The University of Pennsylvania
Gannett Auditorium, Palamountain Hall



8:30 - 10:30 AM


Perspectives on Recent New York State Local History Writing
Chair: Peter Eisenstadt, Encyclopedia of New York State
Natalie Naylor, Hofstra University (emerita)
Jeffrey Kroessler, College of Staten Island
Ruth Rosenberg-Naparsteck, Rochester City Historian
Theodore Corbett, Schenectady County Community College

Archaeologists- View of New York History
Chair: Matthew Kirk, Hartgen Archaeological Associates
Fort to Port: Albany-s 18th Century Stockade and Waterfront, Christopher Kilkenny

Stewart Dean and the Worms in the Cricket Cage: The Archaeology of a Hometown Hero,--- Matthew Kirk

Beyond the Barricade: The Archaeology of Early Industry in Albany, David Klinge

Building Rensselaerswyck: 17th Century Domestic Architecture, Walter Wheeler


New York and Iroquoia in the Early Republic: European Perspectives
Chair: Daniel K. Richter, McNeil Center for Early American Studies

The Attach- Rejoinder: Francois Barbe de Marbois in Iroquoia, 1784, David A. Nichols,--- University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg

A Bridge to America: Count Paolo Andreani-s Tour of New York, 1790, Karim M. Tiro, Xavier--- University Cincinnati

More Plants than Province: Frederick Pursh-s Map and the Changing Face of Iroquoia, -1754-1807, James Carrott, University of Wisconsin Madison

Comment: Nancy L. Hagedorn, Indiana State University


10:30 - 10:45 AM- Break


10:45 AM - 12:15 PM


Chair and comment: Sean Kelley, Hartwick College

Brooklyn Bridge: The Ideology of Opening Day, Richard Haw, John Jay College CUNY

Every Tongue is Loud in Celebrating His Praises: The Commemoration of Richard - Montgomery: Michael P. Gabriel, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania


Catskills Resorts
Chair and comment: Mary Zwolinski, Arts Center of the Capital Region

Prewar Catskill Resorts and Austrian Immigrants, Doris Umbers, independent scholar

Landscape, Image and Social Change: The Catskill Resort Region 1820-1950, - James Darlington, Encyclopedia of New York State

Skidmore College is an independent, residential college of 2,200 men and women students and 180 full-time faculty. Skidmore-s modern campus is a pleasant summer place for recreation and contemplation as well as for work. The College-s special summer programs include a variety of events: a film festival, art exhibits, theater productions, and lecture/demonstrations in modern dance. The 850-acre wooded campus is less than a mile from downtown Saratoga Springs and its many unique shops and fine restaurants.

 A small, lively historic city, Saratoga Springs sets the tone for Skidmore. The city has evolved into a unique mixture of year-round resort, college town, and convention site. Saratoga Springs has long been famous for its many attractions, such as its mineral waters, Victorian charm, the nation-s oldest thoroughbred race track, and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. New York-s scenic Adirondacks, the Berkshires in Massachusetts, and Vermont-s Green Mountains are within easy driving distance, as are Boston, New York City and Montreal, which are within 180 miles of the campus.


 A bed and breakfast option is available on campus. Housing will be in an air-conditioned residence hall which is fairly typical of a college campus. Both single and double (2 single beds) rooms are available with shared bathroom facilities. Bed linens, one blanket, one pillow, and two bath towels per person will be provided. Extra pillows and blankets are available for rental. The college dining service provides cafeteria meals, offering a choice of at least two or three entrees, including a vegetarian alternative. The lodging rate with breakfast is $54 per person, per night.


Reservations for hotel, motel, or bed-and-breakfast rooms off campus may be explored through the Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau by e-mailing kathyd@meetinsaratoga.org. Although e-mail is preferred, you may call Kathy Denkenberger at 518-584-1531.



On-campus, conference participants may enjoy Skidmore-s tennis, squash and racquetball courts, as well as an Olympic-size swimming pool located in its Sports and Recreation Center. There are nature trails for hiking and joggers enjoy the winding campus roads.

 In addition, the Spa State Park is about three miles from campus and includes two golf courses, outdoor swimming pools, picnic areas, several mineral springs, and many trails for hiking and biking. The historic Roosevelt and Lincoln bath houses are in the Park; mineral baths, massages and herbal wraps are available by appointment by calling 518-584-2011.



Saratoga Springs is located 35 miles north of Albany. It is most conveniently reached from Exit 13N of the Northway (I-87). Greyhound and Adirondack Trailways bus lines offer daily service to and from New York City and Montreal. Amtrak operates three northbound and three southbound trains daily to Saratoga Springs, with a more frequent schedule to Albany.

 From the Albany-Rensselaer railroad station and from the Albany International Airport, an hourly shuttle to Saratoga Springs ($6) is operated by Upstate Transit. Yellow Cab (518-434-2222) is on site at both locations, as well.

 In Saratoga Springs, taxicabs to campus from the shuttle stop, bus depot, or train station may be arranged by calling Saratoga Central Dispatch (518-584-2700).

 Field Horne, Director

Contact telephone: (518) 587-4962

 Program Committee:

Robert A. Arnold, New York State Archives
Michael Groth, Wells College
Robert F. Jones, Fordham University
Edythe Ann Quinn, Hartwick College
William H. Siener, Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society

Steering Committee:

G. David Brumberg, Cornell University
Carol Kammen, Cornell University
Thomas S.W. Lewis, Skidmore College
Cornel Reinhart, Skidmore College
Wendell E. Tripp, New York State Historical Association

Institutional Partners:

Encyclopedia of New York State
Historical Society of Saratoga Springs
New York History Net
New York State Archives
New York State Historical Association
Skidmore College

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