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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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OHA 2013 Award Winners

From H-Oralhist: The Oral History Association is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 OHA Awards.  Winners will be honored at the 2013 OHA Annual Meeting, to be held from October 9-13, 2013 at the Skirvin Hotel, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. For more

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Columbia’s Master of Arts in Oral History Educates the Next Generation of Oral Historians

OHMA students learn about archival practice at a visit to the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at New York University.

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NEH awards 47 grants for projects in the Mid-Atlantic

The National Endowment for the Humanities announced $33 million in grants for 173 humanities projects.  Special congratulations to the Mid-Atlantic recipeients: District of Columbia: Folger Shakespeare Library Outright: $195,000 [Institutes for School Teachers] Project Director: Robert Young Project Title: Folger

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Artists as Docents: A Q&A with Michele Saliola of the Judd Foundation

In June, Donald Judd’s five-story home and studio, in a historic cast-iron building at the corner of Spring and Mercer Streets in New York’s Soho, will re-open to the public after a three-year restoration. Judd bought the building in 1968

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Mar
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all-day Art in Architecture/Architecture...
Art in Architecture/Architecture...
Mar 21 – Mar 22 all-day
From H-DC: Latrobe Chapter of The Society of Architectural Historians will hold the 11th Biennial Symposium of the Historic Development of Metropolitan Washington, DC, on March 21-22, 2015 at the Catholic University of America. Paper sessions will be held on the 21st,
Mar
24
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all-day Society for Applied Anthropology... @ Omni William Penn Hotel
Society for Applied Anthropology... @ Omni William Penn Hotel
Mar 24 – Mar 28 all-day
From MuseWeekly: The Society for Applied Anthropology will hold its 75th Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from March 24-28, 2015 at the Omni William Penn Hotel.  The theme is Continuity and Change, and planners hope to explore and celebrate the Society’s long
Mar
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all-day Annual Conference of the Eastern... @ Rowan University
Annual Conference of the Eastern... @ Rowan University
Mar 27 – Mar 28 all-day
Submitted by Simon Bronner: The Eastern American Studies Association has announced the dates of its annual conference, Land and Sea– Geography, Economy, and Culture in the American Experience, to be held March 27-28, 2015 at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey.
all-day The Multi-Media Archive: Steward... @ Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture
The Multi-Media Archive: Steward... @ Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture
Mar 27 all-day
H-Net Amstdy: The Archives of American Art announces an upcoming symposium, “The Multi-Media Archive: Stewardship and Use of Audiovisual Media Documenting Contemporary Art History,” to be held at the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture, in Washington
9:00 am The 2015 Mellon Symposium: Anarc... @ Haverford College
The 2015 Mellon Symposium: Anarc... @ Haverford College
Mar 27 @ 9:00 am
Anarchism has inspired global social movements for more than two decades, yet remains peripheral to academic debate. Scholars have developed sophisticated conceptions of radical democracy, but these have been slow to inform on-the-ground organizing. Both frameworks critique the imperial foundations

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