Join The History Center for a performance and a discussion of the book "Jacob's Land: Revolutionary War Soldiers, Schemers, Scoundrels and the Settling of New York's Frontier" by the author Charles Yaple.
Jacob's Land...years in the making, is a carefully researched and factual account about life on New York's frontier before, during, and after the American Revolutionary War. Following the experiences of a German immigrant family, an Indian Leader (Joseph Brant), and George Washington's Surveyor General (Simeon DeWitt) it brings the hardships, dangers, ironies, and politics of the revolution up close and personal for the reader. Striking parallels with today's terrorist attacks, people (Indians and whites alike) on New York's frontier could never be certain when neighbors were plotting to raid, murder and burn. However, there is considerably more to the story than war episodes. It is about conquest and division of Iroquois Nation lands and creation of places like Ithaca that provided the agricultural and forest resources enabling New York to become the "Empire" State and the USA a nation where common people enjoy lifestyles unheard of in the annals of history. Finally, Jacob's Land...is about our dwindling connection to the land and how that undermines the pursuit of happiness.
Charles H. Yaple, PhD
Dr. Yaple is Professor Emeritus of Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies at State University of New York College at Cortland where, after forty-one years, he continues to teach environmental and outdoor education courses. Dr. Yaple is also Director of the Coalition for Education in the Outdoors and was for many years the editor of Taproot: a journal of outdoor education. Charles was also the co-founder, first Board president and long-time director of the Lime Hollow Center for Environment & Culture in Cortland, New York. It has been his great pleasure to help people see, understand, and love the land.