Lecture: "The View from Sunnyside: A Sketch of Washington Irving"

Sunday, December 9, 2012 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

A Magna cum Laude graduate of Amherst College with degrees in History and Black Studies, Michael was introduced to living history as a graduate student at the College of William and Mary. Working in the African American Programs department of Colonial Williamsburg, he interpreted the “Slave Quarters” at Carter’s Grove, led in-depth walking tours focusing on enslavement in colonial Virginia, managed and acted in museum theatre programs, and trained interpreters in African American history.
In 1998, Michael came to Historic Hudson Valley in Sleepy Hollow, NY to help lead the reinterpretation of Philipsburg Manor, creating and implementing an entirely new interpretive plan for the historic site that introduces visitors to the institution of enslavement in the north and its effects on the economic and cultural development of colonial New York. Michael has served as the Director of Education at the South Street Seaport Museum and is currently the Site Manager at Washington Irving’s Sunnyside in Irvington, NY. Michael also writes, produces, and directs museum theatre presentations and is a voice narrator.