The festival opens with Jennifer H. Dorsey (Professor of History, Siena College) and Victoria W. Wolcott (Professor of History, University at Buffalo) presenting in the Design Studio on Saturday, Sept. 18 at 1:15pm.

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Historians Jennifer H. Dorsey and Victoria W. Wolcott will share the legacies of utopian movements in New York State including the “burned over district” a reference to the religious fervor that was described as setting this region “on fire” during the Second Awakening and the Father Divine movement in central and downstate New York. What is the legacy of past cooperatives and how can they inform the present? The future?