11:00 – 4:00: Family Festival at the Museum
2:00pm Witches and Warlocks of New York: Legends, Victims, & Sinister Spellcasters with Lisa LaMonica.
We will celebrate the ancient festival of Samhain, the Celtic ritual which inspired Hallowe'en, with trick-or-treating in costume at the museum and some crafts. At 2pm, author Lisa La Monica will discuss her book, Witches and Warlocks of New York: Legends, Victims, & Sinister Spellcasters. New York has a surprisingly rich and lasting history of witches and witchcraft. Included are a history and origins of witchcraft in New York State and historical tales of “witches” across the state including Hulda, the witch who was the origin behind a Brothers Grimm fairy tale and inspired parts of Washington Irving’s Sleepy Hollow, and the Easthampton Witch Elizabeth Garlick, accused and tried thirty-five years before the Salem witch trials.
Lisa LaMonica is an author and illustrator living in upstate New York, who has won numerous awards for her artwork. Her books include Haunted Catskills and Images of America: Hudson. She has written for outlets including Chronogram magazine and PBS/WMHT.