The Old Stone Fort Museum will host “Discovering the Forgotten History of African Americans in Schoharie County,” a presentation on Thursday, December 16th at 7 pm at the Creamery Building of the Schoharie Colonial Heritage Association.
In this third installment of the Schoharie County Historical Society’s lecture and book club discussion series based on the 1999 book Discovering the Forgotten History of African Americans in Schoharie County by Jack Daniels.
Local historian Pete Lindemann will present a short clip of Jack Daniels interviewing Vena Ray in never-before-seen 32-year-old footage, shot by Dennis Shaw; photos of a minstrel show at Cobleskill High School in 1951; a mysterious newspaper reporting on a mass political meeting of African Americans held at the log cabin of Moses Teabout on Spring Street in Schoharie in 1845; and other local topics.
Daniels lived in Cobleskill, graduated from Dartmouth and Harvard, worked 30 years in New York State government and retired at age 52 to work for world peace and racial equality. He died in 2012 at age 96.
The Creamery Building of the Schoharie Colonial Heritage Association is located at 143 Depot Lane, Schoharie.
For more information or to get a copy of the book call the Old Stone Fort Museum and Schoharie County Historical Society at (518) 295-7192, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Old Stone Fort Museum website.
Photo of General George B. McClellan Thompson courtesy Ted Shuart, Cobleskill Town Historian.
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