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The 2013 Conference on New York State History
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Thursday, June 6

8:30am-5:00pm: Registration

9:00am-2:00pm: Workshops

TFM Living History Workshop:

Join staff from The Farmers' Museum for an introductory workshop covering living history techniques and methods!  Garet Livermore, Vice President for Education, will lead the 5-hour workshop, during which participants will engage in discussions about living history interpretation and roll up their sleeves for a hands-on interpretive experience in our Historic Village.

Participants will have the opportunity for hands-on learning during two sessions. Options include:

· Letterpress Printing at the Middlefield Print Shop with Printer Ted Shuart. Create your own letterpress masterpiece using nineteenth-century type, cuts, and presses. You will be walked through the process of setting and locking in type, inking, and printing copies of your project.

· Forging Connections with Local History at the Peleg Field Blacksmith Shop with Master Blacksmith Steve Kellogg. Combine a hands-on tutorial at the forge with interactive discussions of how to integrate local history into your interpretation. Topics of discussion include Iron Making in the Adirondacks, Iron Rolling in Albany, transportation of iron and coal on the Erie Canal, and the effect of these on local blacksmith shops in 1845.

· Open Hearth Cooking with Gwen Miner, Supervisor of Domestic Arts, in the Lippitt Farmhouse. Explore 19th century foodways and interpretive techniques while learning the basics of open hearth cooking by preparing a simple meal using historic recipes and methods of preparation.

· 19th Century Pharmacy with Patrick MacGregor, Pharmacy Supervisor. This session will focus on the state of pharmacy in the 1840s, as well as the interpretation of the shop and our daily demonstrations. Techniques for making the various medicines that are produced for interpretive purposes and for sale in the museum stores will be demonstrated.

Workshop materials fee includes a boxed lunch.


New York State Historical Association Research Library Workshops:

9am – 11am

Explore one of the largest genealogical collections in Central New York at the NYSHA Research Library with Head Librarian Wayne Wright. This workshop will discuss the unique materials available, including complete state and federal census records, local cemetery records, and other primary sources.


12:30 – 2pm

The Research Library of the New York State Historical Association’s special collections includes rare historical treasures like the Burr-Hamilton dueling letters and documents that illustrate daily life of the 19th century such as diaries, letters and trade materials from people of all walks of life.  Explore the collection with Wayne Wright, Head Librarian.


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