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Historian to discuss 18th century culture as it pertained to everyday people in Colonial times

Fort Johnson, the home of Sir William Johnson, will be one of many “fortified homes” to be discussed by Marilyn Sassi in her presentation at Mabee Farm.
Photographer: Stacey Lauren-Kennedy
Fort Johnson, the home of Sir William Johnson, will be one of many “fortified homes” to be discussed by Marilyn Sassi in her presentation at Mabee Farm.
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Eighteenth century scholars can give us a pretty good idea what it was like having Sunday dinner with Sir William Johnson, Philip Schuyler or John Sanders. But what about average folk? “Ninety-five percent of the material culture we have from that time period is from the wealthy,” said Marilyn Sassi, a local historian who lives in the Stockade section of Schenectady. “We can study paintings that give us an idea of how the patroons and ...

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