Thursday, November 15: The Bicentennial Celebration will feature special exhibits, events and the first-ever relocation of the New York State Court of Appeals, the state’s highest tribunal, from its home in Albany.
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Sunday, November 11: Did you know that the American Expeditionary Force asked an Ulster County man to create an improved gas mask?
Considering the other half of the Central Park design team.
Friday, Nov. 9: Theater piece at Vassar library in Poughkeepsie to honor first woman to obtain a doctorate.
The green-tinted visage and screeching voice of the Wicked Witch of the West became the stuff of nightmares, but by all accounts, Margaret Hamilton was a gentle person in real life, and got on well with children.
Opening on Saturday, October 27: Virginia Haggard was an accomplished and interesting woman in her own right who spoke several languages. She was the well-educated daughter of a diplomat and an aspiring artist herself.
Tuesday, Oct. 16: Shorto was one of the first historians to be allowed access to Albany’s rich archive of primary documents from the era of Dutch colonization of what is now New York, as they were being translated into English by the New Netherland Project. The best-known product of those early researches was his 2004 blockbuster The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan, and the Founding Colony that Shaped America. It’s an engaging tale of how the philosophical fruits of the European Enlightenment, borne to New Netherland by Dutch settlers, seeded New York City’s destiny as a cradle of diversity and liberalism and a welcoming harbor for immigrants.
By the time Washington Irving moved to Sunnyside, he was renowned on two continents as “the first American man of letters.” He had already written both of his most famous stories, “Legend” and “Rip Van Winkle”; covered Aaron Burr’s treason trial for a newspaper; co-founded the literary magazine Salmagundi; coined the phrase “the almighty dollar,” as well as the nicknames “Gotham” for New York City and “Knickerbocker” for one of its residents; spawned the fiction that Christopher Columbus’ contemporaries believed the Earth to be flat; and, with his accounts of traditional Yorkshire Yuletide celebrations in his Bracebridge Hall stories, planted the seed of inspiration in Charles Dickens that would soon lead to the writing of A Christmas Carol.
Saturday, October 13: It’s the longest-standing Burr arch covered bridge in New York and the second-oldest covered bridge in the state
Saturday, September 8: Interpreters in period garb, reenactments, performances, Colonial games and demonstrations will bring history to life throughout the day.