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News Release Date: March 7, 2011

Contact: Charles Markis, 718-354-4530, #238

SI 350, Inc., a cooperative group of organizations celebrating the 350th anniversary of European settlement of Staten Island, has received a major grant from the New York State Council on the Humanities for its lecture series celebrating the island’s history, culture and ethnic diversity.

The series of nine lectures and panel discussions covers topics as diverse as baseball’s Negro Leagues, the eating habits of Staten Islanders and the island’s loyalties during the American Revolution. The programs presented from March through December 2011 will take place at venues across Staten Island. All are free and open to the public; no reservations are required. For further information on SI350, visit or call 718-354-4530, x 238. A flyer highlights the lectures coming up.

The programs are:

20th Century Women in the Arts: Alice Austen and Jacques Marchais

Saturday, March 12, 3 P.M. at Alice Austen House, 2 Hylan Boulevard

Executive Director of the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, Meg Ventrudo and Executive Director of the Alice Austen House Carl Rutberg head the panel discussion. Come learn about Staten Island’s most prolific photographers and one of the earliest collectors of Asian Art in the United States.

The Borough of Parks: From Olmsted and Robert Moses to the Future

Thursday, April 7, 7 P.M. at Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Avenue

Discover current developments in the borough of parks, from waterfront revitalization to land reclamation to increased opportunities for recreation. Join featured panelists Freshkills Park Administrator Eloise Hirsch, Principal Urban Designer for Parks Charles McKinney and Political Science College of Staten Island Professor Jonathan Peters for a presentation and discussion about the future of our parks. Panel moderator is Greenbelt Administrator and Executive Director Robin Dublin.

Italians, Chinese and Other Old and New Immigrants to Staten Island, New York

Monday, April 11, 6:30 P.M. at Wagner College, Spiro Hall 2, One Campus Road (off Howard Avenue)

Three experts on immigration to New York City will share their expertise at a panel discussion at Wagner College. Peter Kwong and Marella Bencivenni will discuss major issues affecting immigrants to America who chose to live in Staten Island, with Lori Weintrob providing additional local context. A photo exhibit will take place in the Hormann Library during the month of April on Immigration to Staten Island. Arrive at 5:30 P.M. to attend a reception prior to the panel.

Once Land of Oysters: The Changing Food Pathways of Staten Islanders

Sunday, May 15, 2 P.M. at Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Avenue

Professor Cindy Lobel of Lehman College will discuss the changing habits of food and drink of Staten Islanders.

The Negro Leagues in Staten Island and New York: The House That Ruth Built, and Pop Opened! Negro League Baseball at Yankee Stadium

Sunday, June 12, 2 P.M., Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Avenue

This discussion will feature video and exhibit material of the history of Negro League baseball from 1930 through 1961 at America’s most historic ballpark, Yankee Stadium. Lawrence Hogan of Union County College, New Jersey, will present the historic opening of the Stadium to Negro League play on July 5, 1930, for a doubleheader that is arguably the most significant game ever played at the fabled Yankee Stadium. The history of Black baseball at Yankee Stadium will be placed into the context of the development of the Black version of America's national pastime from the post reconstruction era to its appearance at the legendary sports palace in the Bronx, with an emphasis on the presence of the Black game in New York City.

Staten Island, Brooklyn and the American Revolution

Sunday, August 28, 2 P.M. at Fort Wadsworth Visitor Center, 120 New York Avenue

There will be a Revolutionary War living history encampment featuring American and British re-enactors. There will be demonstrations of drills and soldier life as during summer 1776 from 10 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. If you are interested in participating as a uniformed re-enactor, please e-mail us At 2 P.M. Phillip Papas of Union County College and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edwin G. Burrows of Brooklyn College will hold a panel discussion in the Visitor Center of Fort Wadsworth.

An American Icon: Why We All Love the Little Red Schoolhouse

Tuesday, October 11, 4:30 P.M. at The College of Staten Island, Center for the Performing Arts, 2800 Victory Boulevard

Professor of History and Education Jonathan Zimmerman is most recently the author of Small Wonder: The Little Red Schoolhouse in History and Memory. He analyzes changes in education from Staten Island’s Voorlezer’s school room through the present day; lecture will be followed by questions and answers

The Loyalist Experience on Staten Island

Sunday, November 6, time TBA at the Conference House, 298 Satterlee Street

This panel discussion will examine Staten Island’s unique demographic character during the American Revolution as well as the identities of the many types of people who remained loyal to the King of England. Panelists will include the historians Philip Papas, Carol Berkin, and Judith Van Buskirk. Carol Berkin will speak about female loyalists, especially those widowed during the American Revolution. Judith Van Buskirk and Philip Papas will explore the lives and motivations of African American Loyalists. A Q&A session and refreshments will follow.

The Final Landscape: The Religious Cemeteries of Staten Island

Saturday, December 3, 1:30 P.M. at the Church of Saint Andrew, 40 Old Mill Road

Curator of History at the Staten Island Museum Patricia M. Salmon will discuss the religious cemeteries of Staten Island. From the oldest but obliterated "Old French Church Cemetery" to the most recently established Cemetery of the Resurrection, participants will learn about various religious cemeteries and their corresponding houses of worship or parent organizations. Episcopal, Jewish, Huguenot, African Methodist Episcopal, Reform, Catholic, and other affiliated cemeteries will be discussed.

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