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Tending the past

Mabee Farm goes from making to displaying history

Anne Matusiewicz of Troy prepares natural dyes with cabbage, beets and black walnut at the Mabee Farm's Revolutionary War Living History Weekend on June 8.
Anne Matusiewicz of Troy prepares natural dyes with cabbage, beets and black walnut at the Mabee Farm's Revolutionary War Living History Weekend on June 8.
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Read all the stories in the Summer Days series here. Included in the history of Schenectady County and the Mohawk Valley are a number of tragic Indian attacks, but at the Mabee Farm in Rotterdam Junction, it’s always been quiet on the western front. In the first few decades of its more than 300-year history, the small farmhouse on Route 5S just west of Schenectady was a frontier outpost, the last piece of civilization before ...


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hodgkins.t
August 21, 2014
6:38 p.m.

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"the last piece of civilization before early 18th century trappers, hunters and explorers headed west into the vast unknown" How would you characterize Native American societies then? primitive? barbaric? savage? I would not be surprised to read this in a newspaper from the 1950s, but today it is offensive.

bbuell
August 22, 2014
11:03 a.m.

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Sorry, perhaps my Eurocentric education got in the way. That phrase has been used so often I never thought it might be offensive to some people. It never occurred to me.

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