The Grange Lyceum Series: Adirondack Blackface: A Hidden History

The Whallonsburg Grange Hall in Essex, New York welcomes
historian and author Amy Godine to the Lyceum lecture series on Tuesday, April 23 at
7:30pm. Her lecture will focus on the history of minstrel shows and blackface
performances in theaters, Grange halls, churches, schools and other venues in the North
Country, and the impact of this and other racist imagery. Her talk, “Adirondack Blackface: A
Hidden History,” will discuss the largely forgotten plays and skits presented by white
actors with demeaning portrayals of African Americans that continued into the early 1960s
in the region.
Amy Godine is a well-known historian who has researched and documented Black history
in the Adirondacks. She is the curator of the permanent exhibition, “Dreaming of
Timbuctoo,” on display at the John Brown Farm State Historic Site. Amy Godine is a regular
contributor to Adirondack Life and a popular lecturer.
$5 donation / students free. The Grange is at 1610 NYS Route 22 in Essex, NY (corner of
Whallons Bay Road). More information is available at www.thegrangehall.info or call 518-
963-7777.