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

Saturday, October 2, 2021, 2:00 pm3:00 pm


Saturday, October 2, 2021
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
$5 – $10
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This event has been postponed. Please check back soon for the rescheduled date. 

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.

Exterior view of the Staten Island Museum building with greek revival columns and the connecting brick hyphen to the next building. Grass is in the forground