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October 11, 2012

Art museum to host film and lecture

— At 6:30 p.m. Oct 11, the film “The Conspirator” will be shown at the Fenimore Art Museum.

The film, directed by Robert Redford and released in 2010, concerns the Lincoln assassination conspiracy and Mary Surratt, the first female ever put to death by the federal government, according to a media release from the museum.

The film tells one version of her story, suggesting her possible innocence. The film’s historic advisor, Kate Clifford Larson, will answer questions following the film.

Admission is free and open to the public in the Fenimore Auditorium.

From 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, Darren Bonaparte will present “A Lily among Thorns: The Repatriation of Kateri Tekahkwi:tha” in the Fenimore Auditorium.

Bonaparte, Mohawk author of “Creation and Confederation: The Living History of the Iroquois,” tells the story of Kateri Tekahkwi:tha from the perspective of her own people.

“I take a much more critical look at the Jesuit writings than any biographer has ever done before and try to flesh out the real Mohawk woman behind the romanticized icon,” Bonaparte said in the release.

Born in Auriesville, Kateri Tekahkwi:tha will be canonized on Oct. 21 and the first American Indian to be declared a saint by the Roman Catholic Church.

This talk is included with paid museum admission; admission is free to members of the New York State Historical Association.

Open to the public, both the film and the presentation are part of the annual October Conference for Teachers hosted by NYSHA.

The conference is a professional development opportunity in social studies education.

This year’s theme is “Teaching through the Lens of Race, Class and Gender.”

For more information about the conference or to register, visit or call 547-1534.