The 2011 Western Frontier Symposium examines the concept of style as a means of expressing cultural and social status in colonial New York. In the diverse multicultural world of 18th century Mohawk Valley, a personís choices in the design of his clothing and household spoke volumes to his contemporaries about his values and aspirations.
The two day symposium, held October 15-16 in Johnstown, NY, will feature a total of 18 scholars and presentations examining the Mohawk, Dutch, English, German and slave cultures within the region, their traditions of costume and design, and their perceptions of each otherís stylistic habits.
Participating experts in 18th century design and the regionís cultures include Phillip Otterness, David Preston, Timothy Shannon, George Hamell, Mark Hutter, Robert Trent, Mary Elise Antoine and others.
Since 2005 the biennial Western Frontier Symposium has presented the latest scholarly research about the history and cultures of the Mohawk River Valley. In the eighteenth century, this region was the western frontier of colonial New York, the place where empires clashed, collaborated, and ultimately co-created a unique regional culture.
The symposium will be held October 15-16, 2011 at Fulton-Montgomery Community College in Johnstown, New York. It is sponsored by a collaboration of regional historic sites and organizations: Old Fort Johnson, Palatine Settlement Society, Montgomery County History & Archives, Johnson Hall State Historic Site, Herkimer Home SHS, Schuyler Mansion SHS, Crailo SHS, Fort Plain Museum, Fort Klock, Historic Cherry Hill, Old Stone Fort Museum, Fulton-Montgomery Community College, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, and the Costume Society of America.
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