History Talks on Activism in Troy

The Troy Public Library is hosting a series of three History Talks on activism in Troy this spring. Each lecture will be followed by a writing and drawing session that will allow participants to react to the topic. Participants may attend one, two or all three sessions in the series. Registration for each event is required. No drawing or writing experience is necessary. Our first topic is the Abolition and Suffrage Movement in Troy.

  • Suffrage MovementHistory Lecture: Labor Movement, Monday, June 5th at 6:00 pm, Main Library.  Come find out about the incredible story of Kate Mullany and the other ways that Troy played a role in the U.S. labor movement. Presented by P. Thomas Carroll.
  • Drawing Workshop: Saturday, June 10th at 10:00 am, Main Library.  Come and learn how to use the technique of collage as a way to express your reaction to the history of the labor movement and activism in general. Led by Monica Bill-Hughes.
  • Writing Workshops with Amy Halloran, Sunday, June 4th (register online) at 1:00 pm and Saturday, June 17th (register online) at 10:00 am.  Spend an afternoon reading and writing about dramatic moments in Troy’s history. We will consider how change happens, and how Trojans of different eras responded to challenges like slavery, suffrage and poor working conditions. No experience necessary, just bring your curiosity. Reading materials will be available prior to class.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by The Arts Center of the Capital Region.