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Presentation: Site Unseen – Civil War Draft Riots and William Olliffe’s Diary

Saturday, October 2, 2:00 pm3:00 pm


Saturday, October 2
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
$5 – $10
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Zoom – Registration required
$10/$5 members

Debbie-Ann Paige’s research illuminates how the Civil War Draft Riots on Staten Island targeted historically Black neighborhoods on the North Shore. Using ferry operator William Olliffe’s diary as a point of reference, Debbie-Ann will explore the contemporary political and economic tensions that led to the racially charged Draft Riots in the mid-19th century on Staten Island.

About Site Unseen: Site Unseen is a new audio project that takes listeners into the Staten Island Museum’s collections to see how documents, photos, and objects illuminate local history. Audio shorts bring together present-day advocates, policymakers and historians, to retell, reveal, and amplify site-specific stories.

Zoom link will be sent upon registration.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services [CAGML-246991-OMLS-20] through a project with the Museum Association of New York.