Leaning into the Storm: Perfectionism in Antebellum New York

Leaning into the Storm: Perfectionism in Antebellum New York

Presented by Robert W. Arnold III

Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

At the Schenectady County Historical Society, 32 Washington Avenue, Schenectady, NY 12305

Free and open to the public
Sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities Speakers in the Humanities Program

New York State was a place of rapid change in the antebellum era, an epicenter of social reform movements, inspired largely by Yankee immigrants from New England. Uncertainties associated with revolutions in transportation, finance, communications, and industry were reflected in movements such as temperance, abolition, women’s rights, dress-, prison- and educational reform. Changes in communities struggling to absorb thousands of Irish and German immigrants concerned native New Yorkers whose world already was in social turmoil. Reform movements were shifts in the state’s emotional and intellectual climate as the nation drifted toward war.

Robert W. Arnold III is a career public historian now retired from the NYS Archives. He was Albany County Historian and an historical archaeologist and serves as a Commissioner of Historic Resources for the City of Albany. Arnold currently teaches history at the College of Saint Rose and Excelsior College.

For more information, please contact Librarian Melissa Tacke at 518-374-0263, option 3, or by email at librarian@schenectadyhistorical.org. The Schenectady County Historical Society is wheelchair accessible, with off-street parking behind the building and overflow parking next door at the YWCA.

Howlin’ at the Moon

2014 Howlin Poster

This August, Three Quarter North will return to the Howlin’ stage. It’s all about the music for these five lads from upstate New York. Their love of bluegrass, combined with creative folk music heritage, leads them to some tasty melodies that sound familiar yet fresh. This accomplished group plays everything from traditional fiddle tunes to complex original pop weaving acoustic and electric influences into an enticing array of sounds. Homegrown and raised on tradition, Three Quarter North exemplifies the best in American roots music.

August 10 – Three Quarter North
September 8 – Washington County Line Bluegrass

The Howlin’ at the Moon Concert Series takes place in the Dutch Barn at the Mabee Farm Historic Site. Each concert begins at 7:00 with a singer/songwriter opener before moving on to the main act. In case of inclement weather, concerts may be moved into the George E. Franchere Educational Center. The cost is $5.00, and attendees are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets.

For more information, please contact Educator/Assistant Curator Jenna Peterson at 518-887-5073, or by email at educator@schenectadyhistorical.org. The Mabee Farm Historic Site is wheelchair accessible, with off-street parking in front of the George E. Franchere Educational Center.