Independence Day is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the Declaration of Independence of the United States on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies were no longer subject to the monarch of Britain and were now united, free, and independent states.
The Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History is pleased to announce it has selected Olivia Dumont, a graduating senior from Ichabod Crane High School, Kinderhook, as the 2022 recipient of the Ruth Piwonka Scholarship. Olivia demonstrated both passion and dedication to the study of history through her submitted essay which was supported by a strong letter of recommendation and an outstanding high school transcript. Given the strength of her application, the board decided that Olivia was the candidate of choice for receiving the award. The scholarship, in memory of Columbia County historian Ruth Piwonka, will help to further Olivia’s education at Middlebury College.
This scholarship is given annually in memory of Columbia County historian Ruth Piwonka, Trustee Emeritus of Jacob Leisler Institute, who passed away in August 2021. Former executive director of the Columbia County Historical Society, 1976–1983, and author of numerous works on Columbia County, Ruth was Kinderhook Village Historian at the time of her death. Her affiliations in Columbia County were broad, covering school districts throughout the county. The scholarship is open to students in the school districts that Ruth affected.
Donations to the Ruth Piownka Scholarship fund may be made to the Jacob Leisler Institute, PO Box 86, Hudson NY 12534. For further information contact the Jacob Leisler Institute: email@example.com.
This Saturday, the Columbia County Historical Society presents the next lecture of the 2022 Winter-Spring Lecture Series – Gotham Goes Global: New York City from 1825-1925,a zoom discussion by Dr. Gary Darden.
Dr. Gary Darden will speak about the changes and influences that caused the city of New Amsterdam to become an international center during this 100 year period.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Gary H. Darden, PhD 20-year Manhattan resident, Gary Darden is a 6th generation Texas native educated in Virginia and Texas. His Ph.D. in American history is from Rutgers University. He has served as history professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Morris County, NJ since 2005, and chair of the Department of Social Sciences & History since 2013.
The lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer conversation.
DATE/TIME: Saturday, April 23, 2022 / 4:30pm
ADMISSION: $10/$15 $10 for CCHS members $15 for non-members
Join Shaker Museum and long-time partners at the Alan Devoe Bird Club for a spring bird walk at the Historic Mount Lebanon Site in New Lebanon on Saturday, April 23rd. Participants will observe and identify the various species of migratory birds that are returning to the site’s restored meadow and woodland habitat.
The group will convene in the Vault at the end of the Great Stone Barn. Participants should dress properly for the weather, including appropriate footwear.
The Hudson Area Library History Room in collaboration with the Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History presents Reconsidering Slavery in 17th century New Netherland – What do We Know? What Can We Learn?, a talk by Dennis J. Maika on Thursday, April 28th.
There has been a glaring gap in today’s important and critical discussion of American slavery and its legacy: an accurate understanding of the lives of the enslaved and their enslavers in the Northern colonies and how their experiences contributed to the institution of American slavery. Many Americans are surprised to learn of the existence of Northern slavery and New Yorkers may be stunned to learn that slavery was deeply entwined in their colonial and state history. Historians have long recognized these connections but have been marginally successful in bringing these stories to a wider audience. In recent years, a new cohort of New Netherland historians has focused their attention on the experiences of the enslaved, slavery’s institutional origins and development, the slave trade, and how slavery impacted New Netherland society. Thus, the purpose of this talk is to provide a broader historical context in which to consider some of these new revelations and the questions they raise. Hopefully, a better appreciation of slavery in New Netherland will stimulate a more accurate and comprehensive understanding of American slavery.
Dennis J. Maika is Senior Historian at the New Netherland Institute. A historian of colonial New York with a Ph.D. in History from New York University, he has written numerous articles and papers and served as a consultant for a variety of local history and education projects. His recent article, “To ‘experiment with a parcel of negros’: Incentive, Collaboration, and Competition in New Amsterdam’s Slave Trade,” was a winner of NNI’s 2021 Clague and Carol Van Slyke Article Prize. He is currently working on a book about Manhattan merchants and their city government in the Dutch and English periods of seventeenth-century New York history. As a professional educator, he taught History and Psychology at the high school and college levels for several decades.
The Jacob Leisler Library Lectures are made partially possible through the generous support of the Van Dyke Family Foundation.