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Nyack Record Shop Project Exhibition
September 22, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Saturday, repeating until October 6, 2018
Nyack Record Shop Project: An African American History Breakthrough
This exhibit, curated by Bill Batson, focuses on the Nyacks’ African American community will share images of the men and women who gave interviews, excerpts from the transcripts, and other documents and artifacts. There will be listening stations where visitors can enjoy the interviews.
The Nyack Record Shop Project, in which organizers collected oral histories from the African American community for a week, was launched on Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday – January 15, 2018. The collaboration between the Edward Hopper House Museum and Study Center and the Historical Society of the Nyacks was inspired by the Beacon Project, a series of Carrie May Weem’s photographs taken in the Hudson Valley that were inspired by oral histories that she collected in a record shop.
The positive impact of the Nyack Record Shop project is underscored by the numbers: before this project, the Nyack Library had approximately 65 oral histories on file, and of those, only eight were of African Americans. Now there are 92 oral histories in total with 33 from the African American community. According to the 2010 census, Nyack is 23% African American. Thus, as a result of the Nyack Record Shop project, 30% of the archived oral histories are from the African American community, a rare example of social equity skewing in favor of a marginalized group.
The oral histories collected by the Nyack Record Shop Project can be heard at https://soundcloud.com/nyackrecordshopproject.
The first John Scott Armchair Tours Illustrated Slide Presentation on Sept. 11th and 14th will feature the Nyack Record Shop Project. Participants Jamal Bey, Eunice Turnbull and John P. Vasser, Sr. will join Bill Batson for a panel discussion to answer questions about their oral histories and to discuss their experience with the process.
The Tuesday, September 11th program take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Nyack Library, 59 S. Broadway, Nyack, NY 10960. Registration is required, call 845-358-3370 x 214. The Friday program takes place at 2:00 p.m. at Valley Cottage Library, 110 Route 303, Valley Cottage, NY 10989.
Bill Batson is an artist and writer who has documented his hometown through his weekly column, the “Nyack Sketch Log,” since 2011. The second volume of his Nyack Sketch Log will be published this November.
He serves as the Marketing Manager for the Nyack Chamber of Commerce and is the artist-in-residence at the Nyack Farmer’s Market.
The exhibition is opening on Saturday, 8th from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Historical Society of the Nyacks’ Museum, 50 Piermont Avenue, Nyack NY 10960, and will continue every Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. through October 6, 2018.
All programs are free. Contributions to defray costs are requested. For more information and for weather-related updates, please visit: www.nyackhistory.org or call 845-418-4430