Performers and Programs

Performer Information  
Performer name: David Fiske
Phone: 518-577-4997
Mailing address:
Ballston Spa, NY 12020
E-mail address: info@fiskeresearch.com
Website: http://fiskeresearch.com
Previous appearances at: New York State Library, Schenectady County Public Library, Saratoga Springs History Museum, Solomon Northup Day, Saratoga Springs, Rensselaerville Festival of Writers
Contact information for New York State Public Libraries
Information last updated: 06/06/2017

Records  1-8 of 8
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Anne Northup, Wife of Solomon Northup, Overcame Adversity History,
Literature- Authors,
Multicultural- Other
Solomon Northup was lured into slavery in 1841, and was a slave in Louisiana for 12 years before being rescued. What impact did Northup’s kidnapping have on his wife and family? In Solomon’s absence, the Northup family became a one-income household. This presentation will describe how his wife, Anne, carried on and saw to the needs of their children. Information on her later life will also be given. Black History topic. Fiske is a co-author of Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years a Slave.
$101- $200
Kidnapped: Black New Yorkers Caught in the Slave Trade History,
Multicultural- Other
Under slavery, it was not only the slaves who suffered. Free blacks were at risk of being kidnapped and sold as slaves. Once they were taken to a slave state, chances of their returning home were small. Several New Yorkers, from various parts of the state, were rescued from slavery, and their kidnappers were held accountable for their deeds. This presentation will tell their stories. Fiske is a co-author of Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years a Slave. Great Black History topic!
$101- $200
Rescued from Slavery: The Story of Solomon Northup History,
Literature- Authors,
Multicultural- Other
Solomon Northup was a free black man living in New York State. In 1841 he was lured away from home and sold as a slave. For nearly twelve years, he was a slave in Louisiana. Finally he was able to get a message to friends in New York, and he was able to return home as a free man. After writing a book about his experiences, he traveled around the Northeast giving speeches, and even helped fugitive slaves get to Canada thanks to his work on the Underground Railroad. Mr. Fiske wrote Solomon Northup: His Life Before and After Slavery, and is a co-author of Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years a Slave. This is a great Black History topic!
$201- $350
Broadway Goes to War: "Soldier Shows" of World War I History,
Media- Other
During the first World War, presentations called "soldier shows" allowed theatrical producers to not only entertain the public, but provide a show of patriotism. Some of these shows were put together by individuals who served in the military (such as Sergeant Irving Berlin), though others had no military background. The shows were light entertainment, featuring skits and musical numbers, and utilized many performers who were actually in the service. Proceeds from soldier shows went to projects intended to improve the lives of those serving in the armed forces of the United States.
Up to $100
The Kidnapping of Free Citizens before the Civil War History,
Multicultural- Other
The film 12 Years a Slave told of Solomon Northup’s kidnapping and enslavement before the Civil War, but Northup’s victimization was not an isolated incident. Economics and governmental actions made such crimes profitable, and many citizens, primarily free blacks, were victimized. This presentation will explain how kidnappers could operate with relative ease, and tell about several of the victims included in Fiske's book, Solomon Northup's Kindred: The Kidnapping of Free Citizens before the Civil War.
$101- $200
History of October Mountain State Forest in Western Massachusett History,
Nature- Environment,
Nature- Other
October Mountain State Forest takes in 16,500 acres, making it one of the largest public recreation areas in Massachusetts. Much of the forest was once a sprawling private estate and game preserve, created by William C. Whitney, a man of wealth and prominence. Over time, the game preserve was dismantled and most--but not all--of the animals were relocated. Fire and the elements took their toll on the dormant structures, and the large estate came into the possession of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Various Civilian Conservation Corps projects made this natural resource more accessible and usable by the public. One project in particular created a lake with picnic and camping facilities. Known as Felton Lake, this site has had its share of successes and setbacks, and has seen tragedy and happiness. Today, besides a bridge and dam built by the CCC, only a few ruins of a Boy Scout camp remain at the lake.
Up to $100
Race and the New York State Constitutional Convention of 1821: Debating Civil Rights History,
Multicultural- Other
In 1821, meetings took place in Albany, New York to revise the state's constitution. In the course of the meetings, numerous surprisingly frank and open discussions were carried on that related to feelings about race, at a time when some blacks in the state were still enslaved. The question was: should blacks be allowed to vote on the same footing as whites? The discussions were tinged with both fear and a spirit of egalitarianism. Some were afraid of the political power blacks might be able to exercise, while others felt that allowing all blacks to vote would make up for what the race had suffered under slavery. In the end, the egalitarians lost, and the new constitution allowed white males to vote who did not own property (removing an existing restriction), but added language that effectively disenfranchised most blacks. Blacks who did not own property were not able to vote in New York until after the Civil War.
Up to $100
The Black America Show: The Plantation Comes to Brooklyn History,
Multicultural- Other
After exposing the public to a huckstered version of life in the West--via his Wild West Show--Nate Salsbury initiated a new production in 1895 called Black America. Black America set out not merely to entertain, but to educate the public about the lives blacks had led in the antebellum south. Though the show included some acts that were not typical elements of plantation life--juggling, tight-rope walking, and drills by black cavalry troops--it also featured a village with over 100 cabins where blacks portrayed activities such as picking cotton, operating cotton gins, itinerant preaching, and socializing. Among the singing and dancing performances were examples of black culture that had developed under slavery, as well as newer creations. Show business considerations, as well as stereotypical thinking, resulted in the inclusion of minstrel songs, cakewalks, and tap dancing, but Salsbury's original purpose for creating the show was largely one of public education, and the Black America Show was less exploitative than other contemporary productions. It gave many African-Americans a foot in the door for careers in show business, and increased public awareness of their many skills and talents. Black America had runs in Brooklyn and several other U.S. cities.
Up to $100
Page: 1 
Records  1-8 of 8

* Inclusion in this database does not indicate endorsement of any performer or program by the NYS Education Department, the Office of Cultural Education, the NYS Library or the participating library systems, nor does it eliminate the need for reference checks and appropriate standard screening procedures.

 

Search: Capital, Central, Long Island, Metro, North Country, Rochester, South Central, Southeastern, Western, All of NY


Home Page | Resources | About this Site | Performer Login & Sign-Up | Help | Feedback

The Performers and Programs website is supported by Federal LSTA funds, awarded to the NYS Library. The NYS Library is a program of the Office of Cultural Education, NYS Education Department.

 

I was ready to buy replica watches on watchestore-uk.co.uk embark on the floor of rolex replica watches room to move on the nylon carpet, then I want to sound breitling replica watches too much, put the door open fake rolex a little bit, slipped inside. He fell asleep. Two chairs to fight together omega replica watches curled up, head and shoulders resting on a chair, knees resting on another replica watches put on. His mouth open, breathing calm. I found that in the light of cartier replica watches his hair like a nylon carpet on the floor like a mess. I'm stuck replica watches in the air for a long period of time, to see if he goes dark face becomes replica watches darker in the shadow. He looked so ordinary. On the table under the lights of pressing a few replica watches scattered paper clip. Anyway, have bursts in, I would use a little toe, drifting to u boat replica watches see the look. That was some of the sketches and descriptions replica watches of things like. In a paper placed beneath compass replica watches uk and straightedge.