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Ruth Piwonka Scholarship Award Recipient Olivia Dumont

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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: info@jacobleisleristitute.org.

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Ruth Piwonka Scholarship Award

The Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History is pleased to announce the Ruth
Piwonka Scholarship Award.

This $500 scholarship in memory of Ruth Piwonka, an influential and well-known local historian, will be awarded to a student looking to further their education in history. The scholarship is available to college-bound seniors graduating from a Columbia County school. Applications are due by May 1.  All applications will be reviewed by Jacob Leisler Institute board members. The scholarship awardee will be announced by June 1.

For further information and application guidelines contact the Leisler Institute at info@jacobleislerinstitute.org.

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Local History Event: Collaboration of Jacob Leisler Institute and Hudson Area Library

The Hudson Area Library and the Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History present The “Turkish Captivity” of Jacob Leisler and the Susanna by David Voorhees, on Thursday, January 28. The lecture is the first of four collaborations between the two organizations, each featuring an expert in early colonial history. A question and answer period will follow the talk. 

The Turkish Captivity follows the capture in Africa of Dutch New Yorker Jacob Leisler. Throughout the early modern era, North African raiders known as Barbary Corsairs, trolled Europe’s coasts from the Aegean Sea to the Netherlands and as far north as Iceland in search of European slaves. American ships were among their victims. On October 8, 1677, Algerian Corsairs boarded New York City merchant Jacob Leisler’s ship Susannah in the English Channel and captured Leisler along with his crew, two stepsons, nephew, and a passenger. This lecture focuses on the Susannah’s dramatic captivity, the efforts to obtain the prisoners release, and their enslavement’s subsequent impact on New York politics. 

Dr. Voorhees is director of the Jacob Leisler Papers Project, formerly located at New York University, as well as the Jacob Leisler Institute headquartered in Hudson. He’s also managing editor of de Halve Maen (The Half Moon), a quarterly scholarly journal published by The Holland Society of New York. An NYU research scientist, he is a former managing reference history editor at Charles Scribner’s Sons and has published numerous historical works and articles, and been a consultant on historical exhibits at the Museum of the City of New York and the Bard Graduate Center in Manhattan among others.

The Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History is an independent, not-for-profit study and research center devoted to collecting, preserving, and disseminating information relating to colonial New York under English rule. In the years spanning 1664 to 1773, New York province’s diverse European settlements and Native American and African populations fused into a cosmopolitan colonial territory with ties throughout the Atlantic World. The Institute is unique in focusing on this under examined 109-year period in American history.

The Institute contains a collection of original, digital, and/or paper copies of primary source manuscripts, books, maps, and illustrative materials, as well as a library of secondary resources that provide scholarly context to the primary sources. The Jacob Leisler Institute is an open resource for both scholars and the interested public. 

The Hudson Area Library History Room houses a special collection that pertains to the history of the City of Hudson, Greenport and Stockport; as well as Columbia County and New York State. The History Room also hosts the Local History Speaker Series at the library, offering free monthly talks on diverse topics related to the history of Hudson, Greenport, Stockport, and Columbia County

DATE/TIME: Thursday, January 28, 6-7:30pm

Visit HudsonAreaLibrary.org for registration link or contact Brenda Shufelt at 518-828-1792 x106 or brenda.shufelt@hudsonarealibrary.org.


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