Fredrick Douglass Day (in person)

May be a cartoon of text that says 'жxorox CELEBRATING THE AFRICAN SPIRIT PRESENTS FREDERICK DOUGLASS Honoring, celebrating, and revitalizing the memory of Frederick Douglass with art, performances, mindful moments, and eats DAY CelebratingTheAfricanSpirit.org'Help us celebrate, honor, and revitalize the words of Frederick Douglass at College Hill Park. Frederick Douglass spoke in Poughkeepsie in 1858, and together we celebrate his life with drumming, singing, dancing, and readings of his words.

Featuring readings from the 1858 College hill words of Frederick Douglass, Melody Africa Drum & Dance Group, the Souls United Choir, Poughkeepsie Performing Arts Academy, interview with Artist Isaac Julien, mindfulness with Mioshi from Reviving Radical, Carlos’ food truck!

Mary Churchill’s War: A Conversation with Emma Soames and Erik Larson (in person & virtual)

The FDR Library presents “MARY CHURCHILL’S WAR: A Conversation with Emma Soames and Erik Larson” on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. EDT. Churchill granddaughter Emma Soames, editor of MARY CHURCHILL’S WAR: THE WARTIME DIARIES OF CHURCHILL’S YOUNGEST DAUGHTER, will speak with bestselling author Erik Larson about her mother’s wartime diaries and will be available for a book signing following the program. Copies of the book may be purchased in the New Deal Store. The event will be held in the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home (local health metrics permitting) and streamed live to the official FDR Library YouTube, Twitter and Facebook accounts. This is a free public event, but registration is required for in-person attendance. CLICK HERE to register.

“Sewing in Kingston” Exhibition Opening (in person)

Sewing in Kingston is a major exhibit accompanied by a range of programs showcasing more than a century of Kingston’s rich history of garment manufacturing and the immigrant communities, entrepreneurs, and women whose work made it possible. Join us to learn about the ups and downs of Kingston’s garment industry, the persistence of small businesses, the imagination of artists, and the power of family. The exhibit will highlight the role of immigrants and women and connect local experiences to broader historical, cultural, and economic stories. With one of the most significant local history exhibits ever mounted in the region, Kingston’s newly renovated Reher Center Gallery reopens to the public.

Museum Collections Cataloging Assistant for Locust Grove

This opportunity is available during Summer 2022 and Fall 2022 semester. This is an in person opportunity only available for CEL credit.

Locust Grove is a not-for-profit museum, education center, and nature preserve. Set on a hill overlooking the scenic Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, New York the not-for-profit Locust Grove Estate includes a historic Italianate mansion open for tours, 200 acres of landscaped grounds with five miles of hiking trails, and a visitor welcome center with art galleries, museum shop, and classrooms for educational programs.

Location: 2683 South Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Position Description:

  • Students interested in museum collections, history, and material culture are invited to work with the Locust Grove Estate collections and create mini virtual exhibits to improve access to collections not regularly on view to the public. Examples include ceramics, textiles, glass, silver, and paintings.

Desired Skills:

  • MS Word
  • Interest in history, art history, public history
  • Students must be able to walk, stand, type, and lift up to 20 pounds

Hours:  Students should be available between Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm.

To Apply:  Please email a statement of interest and your resume to OCELapplication@Vassar.edu

City of PoughkeepsieHistoric District & Landmark Preservation Commission Meeting (in person)

The Historic District and Landmark Preservation Commission (HDLPC) is a group of city residents appointed by the Mayor who are charged with reviewing all plans for the moving, exterior construction, alteration or repair, landscaping or demolition or any change in the exterior appearance of places, sites, structures or buildings designated landmarks or landmark sites and all places, sites, structures or buildings wholly or partly within the boundaries of a historic district.

View the agenda here.

Hidden in the Archives: Stories of New York’s Forgotten Female Figures (virtual)

The New York State Archives Partnership Trust invites you to learn about NY’s forgotten female figures. Though the stories of several prominent historical female figures have been explored, many more stories of everyday women whose impact on government, civil rights, labor, education, and war exist. Hear accounts about some of these interesting, lesser-known 19th century New York women that were found in historical repositories throughout the state. Register here!

Understanding Antiracism as Collecting Organizations (virtual)

This program hosted by the Documentary Heritage & Preservation Services for New York, will cover the very basics of what antiracism is, how we talk about it, its history, and how we can use the principles of antiracism to create more robust and engaging organizations. This webinar will include large group learning and discussion, building on prior experience and constituent interest, as well as participatory opportunities to understand the material more deeply. Register here!

Folk Arts Intern for Local History Project with Arts Mid-Hudson

This opportunity is available during the Fall 2022 semester. This opportunity can be conducted virtually.

Arts Mid-Hudson, the preeminent nonprofit arts service organization serving Dutchess, Ulster, and Orange Counties invites you to join their team! Arts Mid-Hudson’s initiatives engage and promote the arts across the Mid-Hudson region, benefiting our artists, arts organizations and communities.

The Arts Mid-Hudson Folk Arts Program works with Mid-Hudson Valley-based folk artists and traditional bearers to preserve and present the rich heritage and diversity of area residents. This work takes many forms from ethnographic fieldwork to providing assistance to individuals and groups for programs.

Position Description:

Peg Leg Bates Resort: The Legacy of Black Resort in the Catskill. The Folk Arts Program is seeking an intern interested in local BIPOC history and learning interviewing techniques. You will be working with a team of folklorists, historians, and visual storytellers, to gather information about the Resort and its legacy.

Responsibilities

  • Interviews with former guests and employees of the Resort
  • Research into local, national, and international history related to entertainment industry, Jim Crow laws and the civil rights movement.
  • Help to create public facing programming
  • Outreach to the community about the project

Desired Skills:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Willingness to learn ethnographic interview techniques
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Knowledge of or willingness to learn the use of technology for interviewing (film/stilcamera, recording equipment).
  • Knowledge of or willingness to learn the use of social media for community outreach

Hours: Students can register for either 0.5 unit or 1.0 unit of credit ( min. 40 hours over the semester for 0.5 unit + 30 hrs of academic work or min. 80 hours over the semester for 1.0 unit + 60 hours of academic work)

To Apply:  Please email a statement of interest and your resume to OCELapplication@Vassar.edu