“The Spirit of New York: Adventures in History” with Dr. Bruce W. Dearstyne

“The Spirit of New York: Adventures in History”

Presented by Dr. Bruce W. Dearstyne

Date: Saturday February 13th, 2016
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Schenectady County Historical Society, 32 Washington Ave. Schenectady, NY 12305
Admission: $5.00; free for SCHS members

Historian Bruce W. Dearstyne will discuss his new book, The Spirit of New York: Defining Events in the Empire State’s History. This book relates sixteen key events in New York history, from the promulgation of the first state constitution in April 1777 through the resilience of the Fire Department of the City of New York during and after 9/11. There are lots of adventure stories along the way, including the history behind James Fenimore Cooper’s The Last of the Mohicans, the anti-rent wars of the mid 19th century in our region, the first flight from Albany to New York City, and the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Fire company fire in 1911. Each chapter is built around one event — what led up to it, the event itself, and what happened as a result.

Dr. Bruce W. Dearstyne, the author of The Spirit of New York, holds a PhD in history from Syracuse University. He served on the staff of the New York Office of State History and was for many years a program director at the New York State Archives. He has taught New York State History at SUNY Albany, SUNY Potsdam, and Russell Sage College.

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