Slavery in the 19th century is topic of talk
Dr. Michael Lucas presents his talk, Slavery and Freedom, for the Bethlehem Historical Association on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m., at the Cedar Hill Schoolhouse Museum, 1003 River Road, Selkirk.
Enslaved people of African and Native American descent were used as the primary labor force in New York until gradual emancipation abolished the institution in 1827. Although the number of slaves per household was smaller in New York than southern plantations, several wealthy landowners retained more than five slaves on their rural estates, including the Nicoll-Sill house in Bethlehem. Dr. Lucas’s talk will look at what history and archaeology tell us about the strategies used by these families during the transition from slavery to freedom.
Lucas is the curator of historical archaeology at the New York State Museum. He received his Ph.D. in American studies from the University of Maryland. In addition to his studies on slavery and its aftermath in the Hudson Valley, he also conducts comparative research on 18th century development of New York City and Albany using the historical archaeology collections at the museum.
The lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments and conversation will follow
Doors are open at the Bethlehem Historical Association’s Cedar Hill Schoolhouse museum, 1003 River Road in Selkirk, on Sundays 2 to 4 p.m. until Oct. 29. Admission is free. Currently featured is the exhibit, Bethlehem 100 Years Ago, which takes a look at what the town was like during World War I. Highlights include the Woman’s Land Army farm in Selkirk and the WWI veterans who honored their fallen comrades annually as part of the Last Man’s Club. The center exhibit area recreates a kitchen scene circa 1917. Military memorabilia is also be featured.
For information, call 518-767-9432.
Regular programs are held on the third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m., September through May, except January and February, 2 p.m. The museum is open before and after meetings and can be visited by appointment.
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