The 24th Conference on New York State History

Bard College
Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
June 5-7 2003

Conference Personnel
Conference registration form
Download Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) file of program


5:00-6:30 Walking Tour of Tivoli
Led by Dr. Bernard Tieger, Bard College (emeritus)
Gather on Olin steps at 4:45
Settled about 1715, Tivoli was a ferry landing and produced cloth and bricks. Frenchman Peter de Labigarre platted Tivoli in the 1790s; it never grew much beyond serving as a home to commercial fishermen and railroad workers. The village, incorporated 1872, also produced hats, barrels and boxes. At the end of the 19th century Tivoli began to decline. In very recent years it has drawn many Bard students and others as residents, and has become something of a tourist destination. Our guide will be village historian Dr. Bernard Tieger, proprietor of a popular Tivoli bookstore. After the tour we will enjoy dinner at Tivoli’s excellent Mexican restaurant.

FRIDAY, JUNE 6  REGISTRATION 8:00-4:00 OLIN 107 • EXHIBITIONS 8:00-4:00 OLIN 201-202

Friday 9:00 • Olin 203

The Darker Side of History

Stockade City in the Southern Tier
Michael P. Gray, East Stroudburg University

The Governor and the Tiger: The Fall of Gov William Sulzer
Jack Hotchkiss, Scotia-Glenville Traveling Museum

Comment: Vernon Benjamin, Marist College

Friday 9:00 • Olin 204

New York in Literature

Mohicans in Fiction and Poetry
Warren Broderick, New York State Archives

The Defining Moment: Irving’s History of New York
Finn Pollard, University of Edinburgh

Comment: Kirkpatrick Sale, Independent Scholar

Friday 9:00 • Olin 205

The Marketplace

The Marketing of the Beech-Nut Packing Company
James Crawford, Canajoharie Library

The Hudson-Mohawk Region Industrializes
Edward Howe, Siena College

Women in the Marketplace: Albany 1830-1885
Susan Ingalls Lewis, SUNY New Paltz

Comment: Sean Kelley, Hartwick College

FRIDAY BREAK 10:30-11:00 • EXHIBITIONS 8:00-4:00 OLIN 201-202

Friday 11:00 • Olin 203

Immigration and Americanization

Becoming New Yorkers, Becoming Americans: Three New York City Churches
Kyle T. Bulthuis, UC Davis

Inter-ethnic and Inter-racial Relations in NYC
Karen Jaw, Columbia University

Comment: Joyce Goodfriend, University of Denver

Friday 11:00 • Olin 204

Twentieth Century Politics

New York Political Dynasties: The Italian American Experience
Salvatore J. LaGumina, Nassau Comm. College

New York Women’s Support for Proportional Representation
Elisabeth Israels Perry, Saint Louis University

Comment: Lisa Keller, SUNY Purchase

Friday 11:00 • Olin 205

Recent History

Mary A. DeMarco, Greenfield Town Historian

Going Back Home: A Unique Public Program
Heather Wagner, Fort Drum

Comment: Bill McDermott, Clinton Town Historian


Friday 1:30 • Olin 203

Coercive Americanism: World War I, the Red Scare, and Ethnic Politics in New York City

Rethinking the Ethnic Politics of World War I
Christopher Sterba, Independent Scholar

Patriotism in New York Schools 1917-23
Todd Pfannestiel, Clarion University

Comment: to be announced

Friday 1:30 • Olin 204

Architecture as Document, Documents as Architecture

Influences on New York’s Early Dutch Architecture
Shirley W. Dunn, Independent Scholar

The Introduction of the Gambrel Roof
Walter R . Wheeler, Hartgen Archaeological Associates

Wealth, Class and Architecture in Ulster County’s Stone Houses
Neil Larson, Neil Larson and Associates

Comment: Paul Malo, Syracuse University (emeritus)

Friday 1:30 • Olin 205

State-Owned Materials for Local Historians

Jim Folts, New York State Archives Vicki Weiss, New York State Library

The surveying and granting of public lands; the development of canals, railroads, highways, and public utilities; the evolution of modern school districts; and local contributions to the nation’s wars are all documented in the Archives’ holdings. Folts will provide an overview of records containing information about localities, give examples, and discuss access tools for learning more about the Archives’ holdings. Weiss will explain the usefulness of Library holdings, including published series with local data, and the rich collection of manuscripts, maps, and newspapers covering all of New York State.

Friday 3:30-5:30 Walking Tour of Rhinebeck
Led by Cynthia Owen Philip
Gather on Olin steps at 3:30
The hamlet of Rhinebeck has been a river, road, and rail transportation hub throughout its history. It was purchased by five Dutchmen in 1688 from the Lenape Indians. Some of their descendants still live there. The oldest house dates from 1701, but most were built with the railroad (1851) or in the 1880s. Join us for a guided look at this community’s survival and adaptation. 

Friday 6:00      Cocktails (cash bar) – Kline Commons Terrace 

Friday 7:00      Dinner – Kline Commons 

Friday Evening 8:30 

The Wendell E. Tripp Lecture in New York State History

Dr. J.A. Jacobs, Universiteit van Amsterdam

A Troubled Man: Wouter van Twiller and New Netherland in 1635
In August 1635, New Netherland director Wouter van Twiller and his councilors wrote a letter to their superiors in Holland. The previously unknown letter covers many points from the early history of New Netherland and enables us to come to a different appraisal of van Twiller as director.
This event is made possible by the New York Council for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

SATURDAY,JUNE 7 REGISTRATION 8:00-10:30 OLIN 107 • EXHIBITIONS 9:00-12:00 OLIN 201-202

Saturday 8:45 • Olin 203

Resort Locales

J.W. Wood Architect: Building for the Hudson Valley’s Boosters
Annon Adams, Independent Scholar

Coney Island and the Development of Brooklyn Mass Transit
Brian J. Cudahy, U.S. Department of Transportation (retired)

Comment: John McGuire, SUNY Oneonta

Saturday 8:45 • Olin 204

Welfare Structures

Consequences of New York’s Faith-Based Initiative
Eve P. Smith, University of Windsor (emerita)

Child Welfare in Nassau County
Ruth Shackelford, Long Island University

Comment: Natalie Naylor, Hofstra University (emerita)

Saturday 8:45 • Olin 205

Historical Geography

Land Elevation and Early Settlement Patterns in Western New York
Thomas Rasmussen and Mark McGovern, Alfred University

Documenting New York’s Turnpikes
Dorothy Kubik, Independent Scholar

Comment: Jim Darlington, SUNY Cortland


SATURDAY BREAK 10:15-10:30

Saturday 10:30 • Olin 203


Transatlantic Slave Trading in 18th Century NY
Guillaume R. Martin, Queens University (Ontario)

Slavery and 19th Century New York City: Complicity and Resistance
Alan J. Singer, Hofstra University

Comment: Myra B. Young Armstead, Bard College

Saturday 10:30 • Olin 204

Public Response to Crisis

The Golden Age of Recycling and the Triumph of Political Interest
George Callas, Columbia University

Smallpox in Rochester 1902-03: A Community in Crisis
Te resa K. Lehr, SUNY Brockport

Comment: Harvey Strum, Sage College of Albany

Saturday 10:30 • Olin 205


Public School Records: An Untapped Resource
Andrew Arenson, Arlington Middle School

The Pioneer of Rural Schools
Rick Bechard, Independent Producer

Comment: Jacob Ludes, New England Association of Schools and Colleges


The Conference on New York State History Personnel
Field Horne, Director
Contact telephone (518) 587-4962
Contact e-mail:
Website :
Program Committee:
Robert A. Arnold, New York State Archives
Susan Conklin, Genesee County Historian
Michael Groth, Wells College
Robert F. Jones, Fordham University
Edward H. Knoblauch, NY History Net
Natalie Naylor, Hofstra University (emerita)
Edythe Ann Quinn, Hartwick College
William H. Siener, Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society
Steering Committee:
Myra B. Young Armstead, Bard College
G. David Brumberg, Cornell University
Daniel Goodwin, New York State Historical Association
Carol Kammen, Cornell University
Thomas S.W. Lewis, Skidmore College
Ruby Marcotte, Day Town Historian
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
New York State Library
(list incomplete at press time)


On campus will be in air-conditioned residence halls which are fairly typical of college facilities. Both single and double (2 single beds) rooms are available with shared bathroom facilities. Bed linens, blanket, pillow, and towels will be provided. On Friday morning, breakfast may be purchased on your own in the Café in Bertelsmann Campus Center; on Saturday, the Café is not open, but coffee, tea, pastry and fruit will be provided in the “break” location in Olin starting at 8:30. 

For those preferring private accommodations:

Red Hook (10 minutes)

• Red Hook Inn (sold out)

• Gaslight Motel, 845-758-1571

• Hearthstone Motel, 845-758-1811

• 1821 House B&B, 845-758-5013

• Grand Dutchess B&B (sold out)

• Sage House B&B, 845-758-4001

• CD Diplomat B&B, 845-757-4305

• Lombard’s B&B, 845-758-3805

Rhinebeck (15 minutes)

• Rhinebeck Motel, 845-876-5900

• Village Inn, 845-876-7000

• Beekman Arms, 845-876-7077

Kingston (20 minutes)

• Holiday Inn (sold out)

• Ramada Inn, 845-339-3900

• Super 8 Motel, 845-338-3078

• Superlodge Motel, 845-338-4200

• The Ramada Inn ($95 single/ double) and the Superlodge Motel ($60 single/double) are holding discounted rooms until May 16. Call them directly and identify yourself as part of the Conference.


Annandale-on-Hudson is located just off Rte 9-G in northwestern Dutchess County. It is most conveniently reached from Exit 19 (Kingston) of the Thruway or from the Rte 199 exit of the Taconic Parkway. Amtrak (1-800-USA-RAIL) stops at Rhinecliff station, whence the campus is a short cab ride (book ahead of time: Rhinebeck Taxi, 845-876-2020; Red Hook Taxi, 845-758-1478).



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