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Artist Major, Historical Society celebrate ‘Prominent Players’

Paintings depict Colonial figures, places

“Liberty on the Road to Niskayuna” is an oil on linen painting by Ruth Major showing the citizens of Schenectady raising a liberty pole on Jan. 12, 1774.
Photographer: Ruth Major
“Liberty on the Road to Niskayuna” is an oil on linen painting by Ruth Major showing the citizens of Schenectady raising a liberty pole on Jan. 12, 1774.
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As Ruth Major found out soon after starting to dig into her family history, Schenectady, Fort Johnson and Johnstown were very closely connected during the American Colonial period. What started out as a short look into her family tree has blossomed into a deep appreciation of the Mohawk Valley for Major, a resident of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, and subsequently she has produced a number of colorful paintings to help celebrate both her history and ...

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