Salem History Lectures
The Salem Courthouse Community Center will once again be offering its history lecture series at 7:30 p.m. on three Thursdays during the month of March. The lectures will take place in the first floor Archive Room that is handicapped accessible. The first lecture will take place on March 13 during which author, L. Lloyd Stewart, will speak on his new book, ‘The Mysterious Black Migration 1800 to 1820: the Van Vrankens.’ Stewart was senior budget analyst with the New York Assembly Ways and Means Committee and is currently the President/CEO of Stewart Associates. As principal, Stewart became the first registered independent African-American lobbyist in New York. His new book chronicles the history of his family and other African-American experiences in early New York. On March 20, William Krattinger will offer a talk titled ‘A Survey of Early Washington County Domestic Architecture.’ Krattinger works for the New York Division for Historic Preservation, and has a special interest in the architecture and landscape of Washington County. His primary responsibility with the DHP is evaluating properties for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. The final talk will take place on March 27 when Salem historian William ‘Al’ Cormier, will present ‘The Search for Jane Grail: Salem’s Silent Film Star.’ A favorite speaker at these talks,Cormier will provide interesting biographical information about the Salem actress who made 19 film appearances between 1912 and 1920. He will also present three of her films. The CCC is located at 58 East Broadway in Salem, N.Y. directly across from the school. There is no charge to attend the lectures, but donations are always appreciated. For additional information or to reserve a seat, please call 518-854-7053.