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FDR site screens new documentary on Frances Perkins, architect of the New Deal

FDR site screens new documentary on Frances Perkins, architect of the New Deal

Sunday, Nov. 3: Even if Frances Perkins hadn’t been the first woman ever to serve in a US presidential cabinet, or the longest-serving Secretary of Labor ever (12 years), she would still deserve a shining place in 20th-century history. She was a suffragist, worked with Jane Addams as a Hull House volunteer, advocated passionately for female workers after witnessing the horrific Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in 1911, became the highest-paid woman in New York State government as Industrial Commissioner, taught Sociology at Adelphi University, fought against child labor and for unemployment and a minimum wage – all before she even joined the FDR administration.

Remember the Burning of Kingston

Remember the Burning of Kingston

Friday-Saturday, October 18-19. While a reenactment of the Redcoats’ landing and skirmish with the local militia at Kingston Point won’t be happening this year, some new features have been added to the semiannual commemoration of the disastrous sequence of events in 1777, when British forces took over the city, setting buildings afire as they moved from east to west.

Tivoli hosts Eleanor Roosevelt celebration, bronze bust dedication

Tivoli hosts Eleanor Roosevelt celebration, bronze bust dedication

Friday-Sunday, Oct. 11-13: The bust, designed by Czech sculptor Marie Seborova, was commissioned and donated by Art for Amnesty founder Bill Shipsey in recognition of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights’s 70th anniversary. Identical busts have been placed in sites of significance around the world: France, Italy, the Netherlands, Slovenia and at Columbia Law School.

Artist Edwina Sandys, Churchill’s granddaughter, to discuss her Berlin Wall sculpture at FDR site

Artist Edwina Sandys, Churchill’s granddaughter, to discuss her Berlin Wall sculpture at FDR site

Saturday, Sept. 21: It was Winston Churchill who, in a 1946 speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, coined the term “Iron Curtain” to characterize the growing divide between the capitalist and communist wings of the World War II Allies. Churchill’s granddaughter, the noted artist Edwina Sandys, MBE, has called the Berlin Wall “the physical embodiment of the Iron Curtain.” After the Wall was dismantled in 1989, the reunited German government gave Sandys her pick of eight of its concrete panels to use as a medium for her art.

19th-century “base ball” games in Grahamsville

19th-century “base ball” games in Grahamsville

Saturday, August 24 : There will be two vintage base ball (yes, two words) games between the Mountain Athletic Club of Fleischmanns and the Atlantic Base Ball Club of Brooklyn at the Grahamsville Fairgrounds. The first game will be played by the rules in effect in 1864, and the second game will be played by rules from 1895.