The Hudson Area Library will host a program on the role of women in Leisler’s Rebellion, the 1689-1691 New York uprising against King James II’s government, on Thursday, June 29th. Women played a prominent role in the uprising, as attested to the numerous references to female political activism found in the records of the rebellion.
This program will be led by David Voorhees, director of the Jacob Leisler Institute for Early New York History. This presentation will explore women’s involvement in New York politics a generation after the English takeover of New Netherland in both the local and broader Atlantic World contexts.
Dr. Voorhees is director of the Jacob Leisler Papers Project, formerly located at New York University, as well as the Jacob Leisler Institute headquartered in Hudson. He is also managing editor of de Halve Maen (The Half Moon), a quarterly scholarly journal published by The Holland Society of New York.
A NYU research scientist, he is a former managing reference history editor at Charles Scribner’s Sons and has published numerous historical works and articles and been a consultant on historical exhibits at the Museum of the City of New York and the Bard Graduate Center in Manhattan, among others.
This program will begin at 6 pm, and is free and open to the public. The Hudson Area Library is located at 51 North Fifth Street in Hudson, NY.
For more information about the library visit their website.
Illustration from Edwin Lassetter Bynner, The Begum’s Daughter (1890), a novel about Leisler’s Rebellion by F.T. Merrill.