American Veterans’ Recognition Dinner, November 10, 2011
Dr. Jennifer Dorsey was pleased to participate in the celebration of a new program designed to benefit and support U.S. military veterans and cadets in the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Siena College. Officially called the Siena College Veteran and Cadet Fund, the program will provide assistance to veterans attending Siena. The fund was made possible by two distinguished Siena alumni, Capt. John W. Atkinson ’86 and Capt. James S. Scully ’87. The fund will provide greater assistance and support as a way of giving thanks to the men and women who have sacrificed or are preparing to sacrifice their lives for our country.
Seated from left to right: Meg Atkinson, wife of lead donor John Atkinson; Capt. John Atkinson (rtr.); Dr. Jennifer Dorsey, Associate Professor of History, Director of CRES; Mary Jo Gibson, wife of U.S. Congressman Christopher Gibson.
Dr. Jennifer Dorsey, Director of Siena College’s Center for Revolutionary Era Studies, with Lt. Col. Samantha Ross, Professor of Military Science and Commander of Mohawk Battalion.
Festo Vino: A cause for celebration
The Center for Revolutionary Era Studies would like to thank everyone who supported the 2011 Festo Vino event on October 13. The event was a huge success and raised over $25,000 for CRES. This money will be applied to the match requirement for the National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant awarded to CRES in August 2010.
Festo Vino began in 2000 as a program to bring alumni and friends of Siena College together to celebrate the Franciscan Tradition and raise money for Siena programs. This year over 700 alumni, donors, and friends of Siena College sampled sample sundry foods and more than one hundred different types of wine provided by local vendors.
Living History in Our National Parks
CRES student Cameron Green (’12) worked as an historical interpreter at Saratoga National Historic Park. Green worked on training new and returning staff members in the elements of Living History, an area in which he has much personal experience after his semester abroad at Colonial Williamsburg. Green also helped to organize a Living History program at SNHP. The program focused on Carr’s Company of the Second New Hampshire Regiment. Green was among the experienced re-enactors who educated visitors about the harsh realities of military service during the American Revolution. The re-enactors of Carr’s Company constructed a camp using brush shelters and prepared period foodstuffs. Carr’s Company also participated in a reenactment of the First Battle of Saratoga.
CRES alumna Kathleen Logothetis ('10) spent her summer as a seasonal historical interpreter at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. She provided information and guided tours to the public and assisted the park with research and programs. She also participated in special programs including a dramatic presentation of Mary Caldwell, a resident of Fredericksburg at the time of the Civil War. To prepare for this role, Kathleen did research in Caldwell’s diary and the diaries of other Fredericksburg women.
Lindsay McKeever '12 Uncovers Treasures
During a summer internship at Ten Broeck Mansion, McKeever discovered doctor's account books from the 1840s, the diary of a young girl from the (1870s), an early twentieth century bathing suit, and dozens of hats. "I am proud that I was able to get through the amount of items that I did because there were times that I worried that I wouldn't even if I had a full year," said McKeever. Although her internship is over, she is planning to continue to work with the mansion staff to develop an exhibit of the hats. She hopes the exhibit will be ready in time for the 2012 Saratoga Racing Season.
Kathleen Logothetis '10 speaks at Albany County Historical Association
Logothetis was invited back to Albany to give a lecture titled "Wartime at the Mansion: The Olcott Family and the American Civil War." She began her research at Ten Broeck mansion during her undergraduate work at Siena College. She is currently pursuing a master of art's degree in history at West Virginia University with a focus on the American Civil War. While at Siena she completed an internship at Saratoga National Historical Park. She is an historical interpreter at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Historical Park.
CRES and the History Club present third annual Day of Living History
Smoke from gun powder and the sounds of Civil War era rifles filled the air as re-enactors fired a few rounds of their authentic weapons to the delight of the crowd at Siena College’s “A Day of Living History,” which took place on the Siena College front lawn last weekend. Full Story.
The Dell and Audrey Thompson Distinguished Lecture in American Revolution Studies presents:
"Petticoat Politics: Women and Politics in the Early American Republic"
Dr. Rosemarie Zagarri, Prof. of History, George Mason University
March 21, 2013
Heaven on Earth:
A National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop for School Teachers
July 7-13 OR July 14-20, 2013
Earn 40+ CEU Hours and a $1,200 stipend.
March 4, 2013