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Fiske, David 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
Fiske, David 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
Duda, Jonathan Let's Drum History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Let's Drum is a fun, hands-on educational program that uses music to foster communication, listening skills, leadership, coordination, and cultural awareness. Using musical games, structured traditional rhythms, and improvisation, participants from all levels of musical ability can play in a comfortable and welcoming setting.
$201- $350
Fiske, David 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
Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Chickens Around the World History,
Life Skills- Food,
Nature- Animals
Chickens are fascinating to kids, just ask my daughter Vienna as she walks around with one on her shoulder. Bring real live leashed chickens into your library for a fun filled, cluckingly good time! This program features chickens from around the world; Speckled Sussex from England, Blue Andalusians from Spain, Glossy Black Sumatras, Araucana from South America, Cuckoo Maran from France, and others who lay different colors and sizes of eggs. Learn the history and unique characteristics of these breeds, along with basic animal husbandry skills. Children can pet the chickens and depending on the season we bring baby chicks along. (Don't worry, we bring a droppings mat to protect the floor!) This program is suitable for the 2017 Summer reading program.
$101- $200
Tomecek, Stephen Inventing A Better World History,
Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors
Science celebrity and award-winning author Steve The Dirtmeister Tomecek takes a wild and wacky look at the history of inventions. Drawing on his book, What a Great Idea, Inventions That Changed the World, Steve engages participants with stories of great inventors and inventions.This high-energy show is especially designed for family audiences and encourages participants to explore their inventive side by challenging them to create and construct some inventions of their own. Beginning with early stone tools, participants discover how simple machines such as the wedge, lever, and inclined plane were used by our ancestors to not only put food on the table, but help them build some extraordinary structures, many of which are still standing today. Traveling through time, we look at how simple advances in building techniques coupled with the wheel and axle helped to propel people forward and make the industrial revolution possible. We conclude with the fascinating story of the development of electricity and how it opened the door for everything from light bulbs and motors to cellphones and lasers. After the presentation Steve will be available to meet and greet audience members and autograph copies of some of his books.
$201- $350
Rogers, Robert Skyscraper Acres History,
Nature- Gardening,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Celebrating Building a better world: What's way up there on the top of that gleaming new skyscraper? that surprising fringe of green that overlooks the hustle and bustle of the busy city below? It's an old fashioned farm, tended by Hank Bluejeans, whose family has grown fruits and vegetables season after season, as far back as anyone can remember. Well, it wasn't always so way up high. How did it get there? And why? This is a story about embracing the future while cherishing the past - or roots, as Hank Blujeans might say.
$351- $500
Wemett, Lisa Erie Byways: Feel the Lake Effect History,
Media- Photography
Enjoy a scenic driving tour along Lake Erie’s shoreline from Derby, NY, to Erie, Pennsylvania, and on to Ashtabula County, Ohio. Lighthouses, covered bridges, wineries, state parks, and historic homes are highlights of the picturesque spots Terry Mulee and Lisa Wemett captured with their cameras along these coastal routes. Travel literature from the Erie and Ashtabula visitors’ bureaus is furnished for this travelogue free of charge.
$101- $200
Wemett, Lisa Come Along on a Mystery Trip! History,
Media- Photography
Don’t let a “staycation” become stale! “Kidnap” your favorite travel companion and go on a road trip—just don’t tell them where you are headed. Lisa Wemett and Terry Mulee have taken each other on a variety of day-long “mystery trips” throughout the Finger Lakes region and western NYS, exploring the outdoors, art, gardens, and scenic views in places you might least expect to find them. At the conclusion of this travelogue, all locales will be revealed with addresses and contact information so you can plan your own day trips.
$101- $200
Wemett, Lisa Lighthouses and Lobsters: A Week DownEast History,
Media- Photography
The DownEast & Acadia region of Maine offers the delicacy craved by many and fished by a hardy few. More than one-third of the state’s lighthouses dot the coastline here. Mount Desert Island is home to the only national park in New England. You can cruise the harbors watching for wildlife, hike rugged trails or gradually sloped carriage roads, or drive the 27-mile Park Loop Road and be awed by the setting sun on the top of Cadillac Mountain. Join Lisa Wemett and Terry Mulee to explore the beauty and rich history of Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. Travel literature from the Bar Harbor and Acadia visitors’ bureaus is furnished for this travelogue free of charge.
$101- $200
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