A Day at the Canton Fair--1869 [F-19-16]
|Classes:||1 Session 2.0 hours|
|Dates:||Wed 10:30 AM 10/02|
Based on a folk painting by Canton artist Elizabeth Campbell Miner, this presentation will highlight a day of typical activities at the county fair and other local agricultural fairs of the time. Using his research from local authors, archives and period newspapers, we can interpret the rich variety of details the artist included to capture the significance and excitement of these events in a valuable document of local history.
Varick Chittenden is a folklorist, founding director of Traditional Arts in Upstate New York [TAUNY], and Professor Emeritus of Humanities at SUNY Canton. His research interests include oral traditions, foodways, vernacular architecture, and folk art, particularly of the North Country.