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Saturday & Sunday, September 21-22  
Anniversary Celebration of An Irrepressible Conflict, The Empire State in the Civil War 
Join us and salute the 1st year anniversary of our award-winning New York State Civil War Exhibition! Saturday evening, enjoy a free concert highlighting music from the Civil War! On Sunday, there will be fun-filled children's activities, a panel discussion and a musical performance by the 77th NY Regimental Balladeers.
See below for specific program details

Saturday, September 21  7:00 p.m.
FREE CONCERT! "Tenting Tonight: Music of the Civil War"
Jay Ungar & Molly Mason and Kim & Reggie Harris
Jay Unger & Molly Mason Nationally acclaimed folk musicians Jay Ungar & Molly Mason and Kim & Reggie Harris will present a free concert featuring music from time of the Civil War. Jay & Molly are one of the most renowned duos in the American acoustic music scene and are celebrated for their work on the Ken Burns PBS documentary The Civil War.  Mr. Ungar’s composition, the haunting Ashokan Farewell, was the documentary’s signature tune and was nominated for an Emmy Award. 

The duo will be joined by Kim & Reggie Harris, internationally acclaimed musicians and storytellers who combine traditional African American Spiritual and Freedom songs with original folk tunes and classical, rock, jazz, and pop influences.  They sing of life, love, and the quest for freedom—a theme that relates directly to the Civil War, the years preceding it, and the war’s legacy. 

Clark Auditorium  |  FREE  |  Families


Sunday, September 22  1–2:30 p.m.
Abolitionists, the Underground Railroad and the Struggle for Freedom in New York
Panel Discussion

Paul Stewart, Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region,
Judith Wellman, SUNY Oswego (ret), and Oscar Williams, University at Albany

Once the largest slave state in the North, New York became a center for abolitionism and the Underground Railroad in the years before the Civil War. At the same time that many New Yorkers were fighting against slavery, however, others were profiting from their business relationships with Southern slaveholders. In the end, the differences between opponents and supporters of slavery would become an “irrepressible conflict” for New Yorkers and all Americans. This panel of experts will discuss slavery in New York and in the nation, the role of New York State's abolitionists, and the Underground Railroad in New York State. This program is sponsored by the Center for Applied Historical Research with funding from the New York Council for the Humanities.

Huxley Theater  |  FREE  |  Adults


Sunday, September 22  3–4 p.m.
Songs & Images of the Civil War
A performance by The 77th NY Regimental Balladeers

77th NY Regimental Balladeers This performance includes many of the classic songs and tunes of the Civil War period. It commemorates the sacrifices of New York's "Citizen Soldiers" who fought to preserve a more perfect Union and honor the memory of the women who served in the hospitals and organized the Soldiers Relief Fairs to aid sick and wounded soldiers. There will be special tributes to the U.S. Cavalry in honor of Gen. Phil Sheridan, the Gettysburg Address and veterans of all wars. The audience will be encouraged to sing-a-long on some selections.

Huxley Theater  |  FREE  |  Families



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