Bethlehem Historical Association
We continue to hope for the best by planning events.
Please pay attention to developments as we might have to make changes with little notice
due to changes in Covid-19 recommendations.
Spring 2022 – Thursdays at 7 pm at Delmar Reformed Church
February 17 Marilyn Sassi: American Folk Art
March 17 (Cosponsored with Tawasentha and Mohawk DAR) Phyllis Chapman: Women of the Revolution
April 21 Jessie Serfilippi: An Odious & Immoral Thing: (Alexander Hamilton, true history with slavery)
The Second Battle of Gettysburg, Presented by Ron Gabriele
November 18, 2021 2 PM
In 1913, a three-day program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg was organized. Over 53,000 Civil War veterans from both the North and South attended the encampment. In his talk, Gabriele discusses many of the details of staging this enormous, and often forgotten, event.
Ron Gabriele is a former Associate Professor of Health and Physical Education at Columbia-Greene County Community College, and for many years a sports radio announcer for various Kingston area stations.
David Hochfelder: 98 Acres in Albany
October 21, 2021
In 1962, the State of New York appropriated via eminent domain 40 blocks located south of the capitol building for the massive urban renewal project that resulted in the Empire State Plaza. Over a thousand buildings were demolished and thousands of people found their homes and livelihoods uprooted. The 98 Acres in Albany project tells the stories of those acres and the changes wrought by urban renewal.
David Hochfelder, PhD is an Associate Professor of History at SUNY Albany. Hochfelder’s research interests are in the U.S. history of technology, U.S. urban history, and digital scholarship. He is deeply involved in the 98 Acres digital history of urban renewal project.
John S. Pipkin: Washington Park: The Moral High Ground
September 16, 2021
Washington Park is Albany’s gem of mid-nineteenth century landscape design. It was born at the intersection of aesthetics and social control, as elites in the 1860s and 70s confronted their anxieties about public health, immigration, spreading tenements, and violent urban disorder. We will look at the genteel but spirited debate over the “if” and “where” of the park; at Frederick Law Olmsted’s intervention in 1867; and at the most important maker of the park, William Egerton.
Today’s park is a rich compendium of Victorian landscape aesthetics – pastoral, monumental, and gardenesque. Less obvious are the anxiety-laden mechanisms of social control the park embodied. We will explore how the park’s carefully contrived landscapes invited some kinds of behavior and curtailed others, how the project changed in the making, and how a close look can reveal the hidden traces of its past.
John Pipkin is Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Geography and Planning, University at Albany.