Upstate New York Goes to War: War and the Home Front, 1775-2004
Symposium to be held at the Rensselaer County Historical Society, Troy NY
October 29-30, 2004
The Rensselaer County Historical Society (RCHS) in Troy, New York is presenting a call for papers to be delivered at its Fall 2004 symposium, Upstate New York Goes to War: War and the Home Front, 1775-2004 to be held Friday and Saturday, October 29 and 30, 2004. The goal of the symposium is to inspire renewed interest in this important area of New York State history and highlight recent scholarship. It is the third in a series of symposia that focus on upstate New York’s particular history. Participants will be asked to prepare a half hour presentation, preferably with visuals, on topics related to the themes noted below. Panel discussions are also encouraged.
The symposium will augment RCHS’s temporary exhibitions entitled Rensselaer County Goes to War: War and the Home Front, 1775-2003 and Letters Home/Remembrances. These exhibits focus on issues that include evolving concepts of patriotism and national identity, the development of a formal US military structure during the 19th century, Abolition, Woman Suffrage, Anti-war/Pro-war movements, the technological and economic impacts of war, as well as societal impacts on people and organizations at home during times of war. In addition, the exhibit titled Letters Home/Remembrances looks at communication during wartime, what were considered to be appropriate mementos of war and how wartime experiences are perceived by individuals, often many years after the fact.
Submit a one-page description of your proposed session by June 15, 2004 to Stacy Pomeroy Draper, RCHS Curator (at the postal or mail address below). Final decisions on the conference program will be made by July 15, 2004. Each participant will be asked to provide a paper for possible publication of symposium proceedings by RCHS at a later date. Any questions may be directed to Ms. Draper via email or phone.
Stacy Pomeroy Draper
Rensselaer County Historical Society
57 Second Street
Troy NY 12180
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