Johnson Hall plans series of lectures

JOHNSTOWN – Johnson Hall State Historic Site will host a five-part lecture series this year, marking the 250th anniversary of the hall’s construction.

On the first Saturday of each month, lectures that focus on the period surrounding the 1763 building of the home will be held on the first floor, beginning at 11 a.m. Refreshments will be available after each lecture in the stone house. Regular public tours will be available after 1 p.m. on these days.

This Saturday, Ron Burch will present “In the English Manner: Pattern Books and Georgian Building Traditions in the Colonial Mohawk Valley.” Burch will examine the use and influence of architectural theses and books of designs published in England that were available to American colonials in the 18th century. Men of stature -including Sir William and John Johnson, Nicholas Herkimer and Philip Schuyler – as well as the upwardly mobile middle class, had access to these publications and exhibited substantial “pattern book” influence in their mid-18th century houses.

Burch, a Glen resident, retired in September 2010 after 27 years as curator of art and architecture at the state museum in Albany. Additional lectures will include:

  • ?July 6 – “This Day I agreed with Mr. Samuel Fuller: Building Johnson Hall,” presented by Walter Wheeler.
  • ?Aug. 3 – “Archaeology at Johnson Hall,” presented by Lois Feister-Huey.
  • ?Sept. 7 – “Colonial Johnstown, According to the Daybook of Robert Adems, Sir William Johnson’s Bookkeeper,” presented by Gayle Ann Livecchia.
  • ?Oct. 5 – “Georgian Opulenc: In the Wilderness, above the Hudson, and on the Seacoast,” presented by Judy Anderson.

For more information, call Johnson Hall at 762-8712, see the site’s Facebook page or visit www.nysparks.com.