All events are at the Wyman Osterhout Community Center unless otherwise noted, and the museum will be open a half hour before the event start time. Click on the PDF icon at the bottom of the page to download a full schedule of our 2-2021-2022 programs.
Until further notice the Town of New Scotland requires attendees to wear masks
Oct. 5, 2021 (7:30pm) African Americans in the Late 19th Century Capital District – Educator and actor Donald Hyman will present a multi-media program on the history of the African American community in the Capital District in late 19th century. The program will include an overview the community and its history as well as portrayals of three African Americans who helped weave the fabric of Capital Region history: Adam Blake jr., hotelier, entrepreneur, and community leader; Judge James Matthews, Albany Law School’s first African American graduate and the first African American judge in New York state; James Dickson, New Scotland native and general manager for the Slingerland family.
Nov. 7, 2021 (2:00pm) “Getting the Job Done: Construction, Builders, and Building Materials in the Upper Hudson and Mohawk Valleys, 1755-1765" - The French and Indian War transformed Albany and its surrounding area. The growth in the region included the construction of large residences that followed the model of English “country seats.” architectural historian Walter Wheeler will examine construction practices, materials acquisition, and labor sources used to construct these buildings.
Dec. 7, 2021 (7:30pm) Suffrage and Its Limits: Why the suffrage centennial still matters – The Women’s Suffrage Centennial (2017 in New York and 2020 nationally) put a brief spotlight on the long struggle for women’s right to vote. However, the suffrage victory proved to be a limited step on the road to women’s full political and legal equality. Dr. Susan Lewis will review what we have learned from the suffrage centennial, discuss the evolution of the suffrage movement into the League of Women Voters and the (failed) push for an Equal Rights Amendment, and consider the efforts from 1920 to the present to have women and women’s issues more completely represented in American politics.
Feb. 6, 2022 (2:00pm) Colonial to Craft Brew: The Local Story of Beer - Michael Diana of the Schenectady Historical Society will relate the fascinating and colorful story of brewing in the Capital District, tracing its history from its colonial beginnings to the recent resurgence of crafting brewing in our region.
March 6, 2022 (2:00pm) Native Voices: Including Native American Presence and Perspectives in the History of the Ten Broeck Mansion - Kathryn Kosto, Executive Director of the Albany County Historical Association (ACHA), will explore how including Native American's presence in Ten Broeck Mansion’s programming has yielded a richer visitor experience, and more accurate, fuller history of the site. She will also discuss new research on the role of Abraham Ten Broeck's father as a Commissioner of Indian Affairs, and work by the ACHA to develop indigenous plantings at its 4-acre site.
April 5, 2022 (7:30pm) An Old Fashion Musical Evening with Tamarack - Join us for an evening of traditional Celtic, early American, Old-Time, French-Canadian, and international tunes — melodies handed down through the years with the local musicians including Patricia Kernan, Jim Mead, and Sue Mead, a New Scotland native.
May 3, 2022 (7:30pm) Voorheesville: An Italian Perspective - Life-long Voorheesville resident and educator Dennis Ulion will discuss Italian immigration to the Voorheesville area in the early 1900s from a personal perspective of his family (The Iuliano’s and Ricci’s) and other local families of Italian descent.