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Visualizing 19th Century New York

“Visualizing 19th Century New York” a new exhibit at the Bard Graduate Center, opens on September 19th. The exhibit will be accompanied by a symposium, gallery programs, and walking tours.

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NYMASA Salon Talks

The New York Metro American Studies Association has announced its Fall 2014 Salon Talks; speakers are Peter Hales, Karen Weingarten, Kathy Knapp, and Jayashree Kamble.

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NPS Awards $1.3M in Battlefield Preservation Grants

The American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) has awarded $1.359 million in grants to 21 projects. The monies will be used in the preservation and protection of battlefield lands in 14 states.

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NEH announces $34M in awards

The National Endowment for the Humanities has released the list of its latest grantees, awarding $8.7M to 45 humanities projects in the mid-Atlantic Region.

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Searching for a usable past in the Hudson Valley

I passed a wonderful late June week traveling the Hudson River Valley from the Vanderbilt estate in Hyde Park, New York, south along alternating banks of the Hudson to the Edward Hopper house and museum in Nyack. In addition to the 3rd generation Vanderbilts with their (inherited) railroad fortune, my husband and I explored the architectural and material legacy of FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt, financial speculator Jay Gould, West Point, the Loyalist and slaveholding Philips family, 3 generations of Rockefellers, artist/inventor Samuel F. B. Morse, the writer Washington Irving, and artists Edward and Josephine N. Hopper.

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AASLH Announces Leadership in History Award Winners

Fourteen individuals and organizations from the mid-Atlantic region have been named as recipients of the American Association of Local and State History’s Leadership in History Awards.

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Could the public humanities become more valuable?

Building community has turned up as a priority in a wide variety of settings around the region lately, often with the humanities in the driver’s seat. Perhaps in the season when underground bulbs send up the flowers that remind us to appreciate the beauty in nature, it is reasonable to treat the humanities a bit like those flowers. Perhaps this is a chance to take a moment to give a sniff, let our spirits be lifted, and renew our hopes for our work in a troubled world.

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Columbia offers Summer Oral History Institute

From CCOHR: The Center for Oral History Research/INCITE has announced its 2014 Oral History Institute, “Second Generation Memories and Stories,” to be held June 16-27, 2014, at Columbia University in New York City.  This year’s program will explore how “memories

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Gilded Age New York: A Q&A with Barbara Gallati

The New-York Historical Society recently opened Beauty’s Legacy: Gilded Age Portraits in America  (September 26, 2013-March 9, 2014). The exhibition—curated by Barbara Dayer Gallati, curator emerita of American art at the Brooklyn Museum—explores the popularity of society portraiture across the U.S. in

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Horticulture and Humanities at the New York Botanical Garden

A garden may not be the first place one looks for public humanities programming, but the current exhibition at The New York Botanical Garden is an exciting show deserving the attention of a blog devoted to the humanities. “Wild Medicine”

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all-day Conference: James Logan and the ...
Conference: James Logan and the ...
Sep 18 – Sep 21 all-day
From H-Pennsylvania: The McNeil Center for Early American Studies, The Library Company of Philadelphia, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and Stenton Museum are hosting an international interdisciplinary conference in Philadelphia that reconsiders early Pennsylvania culture in an Atlantic World context. James Logan (1674-1751), Provincial Secretary to the
6:30 pm Recovering 9/11 Roundtable @ St. John’s University Manhattan Campus
Recovering 9/11 Roundtable @ St. John’s University Manhattan Campus
Sep 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
From H-AMSTDY: The New York Metro American Studies Association and St. John’s University present Recovering 9/11: A Roundtable DiscussionOrganized around the recent publication of Recovering 9/11 in New York, this roundtable will feature editors Robert Fanuzzi and Michael Wolfe of St. John’s
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all-day CFP: Museums in Action Annual Co... @ Deadline
CFP: Museums in Action Annual Co... @ Deadline
Sep 19 all-day
The planning committee for the Museums in Action Annual Conference has issued a call for proposals. The full call follows.  The conference will be held April 12-14, 2015 in Corning, New York. Sunday’s sessions and workshops will address topics that
9:00 am THATCamp Philly @ Chemical Heritage Foundation
THATCamp Philly @ Chemical Heritage Foundation
Sep 19 @ 9:00 am – 6:30 pm
From THATCampPhilly: The 4th Annual THATCamp Philly will be held September 19, 2014 at The Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia.  Registration is open, and participants are encouraged to submit unconference proposals. What is THATCamp?  THATCamp, The Humanities And Technology Camp,
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9:00 am Understanding Audiences Workshop @ Middlesex County Community College
Understanding Audiences Workshop @ Middlesex County Community College
Sep 22 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
From H-NJ: In his History News article, “Turning Points: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Change” Balgooy writes that the 2008 economic downturn threatened our cultural institutions, but the issue extends beyond the economy. Surveys over the past thirty years by the National Endowment for

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