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“A Rare Glimpse of the Enslavement of Indians In Orange County, NY”

  |   February 9, 2012  |  Comment

Lunch & Learn Midday Lecture Series

Monday, February 13, 2012, 11:30 am—1:30 pm

“A Rare Glimpse of the Enslavement of Indians In Orange County, NY”

Presented by Ginny Privitar and Clifton Patrick, Chester Town Historian at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY

Partake of a delicious buffet lunch with delightful speakers at the Harness Racing Museum and discover all the hidden historical treasures this county has to offer!  Bring your friends on Monday, February 13, 2012 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, share in a scrumptious meal and learn something new as Ginny Privitar, reporter for The Chronicle, and Clifton Patrick, Chester Town Historian, discuss Ray Decker’s paper regarding the enslavement of Indians in Orange County. Tickets are $18 for museum members and $20 for non-members and include a buffet lunch with beverages and dessert.  The museum is located at 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924.  Because of the popularity of this series and the risk of selling out early, reservations are required by Friday, February 10, 2012; please call 845-294-6330.

Ginny Privitar and Clif Patrick will discuss the results of research by Ray Decker, a renowned author, avocational archeologist, explorer, historian and winner of the “Meritorious Service” award from the New York State Archaeological Association. His amazing discovery of a 1720 deed and memorandum regarding the sale of the Crommelin Plantation in Orange County listed all of the chattels included in the sale, including three slaves, two of which were Indians. This document is believed to be the only extant record of the enslavement of Native Americans in Orange County, New York.  This presentation is a discussion of his research paper on this discovery.

For further information about the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, the museum’s school programs, educational workshops or children’s birthday parties, please contact the Education Department at (845) 294-6330 or e-mail at [email protected].  Thanks to USTA support, the Museum is currently offering free admission for walk-in visitors and $4.00/person for group docent-guided tours. For information on all the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame special events or gift shop services, please visit our website at www.harnessmuseum.com.  The museum is located at 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY and is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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