Tuesday, March 16, 2021 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM EDT
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April 15: Telling New York Stories: Celebrating 20 years of New York Archives Magazine




   New York Archives Magazine is proud to present filmmaker
Chris Conto

Tuesday, March 16
12:30 p.m.

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Join award-winning filmmaker Chris Conto and go behind-the-scenes on his latest documentary Betrayal at the Great Flats: How the Schenectady Massacre of 1690 Changed the World.

About The film

On a stormy winter night 330 years ago, a group of one hundred and fourteen French Canadian and Native American marauders totally surprised the Dutch residents of a small northern English outpost in the Province of New York known as Schenectady, and burned the stockade settlement to the ground. In the process, most of its inhabitants were massacred, and 27 prisoners were marched back to the city of Montreal. As they retreated back to New France, the attackers had no way of knowing that this vicious onslaught would become a seminal moment in New York State history. To this day it remains one of the most underreported historical events of the 17th century; yet it would change the face of early Colonial America forever.

What made this event such an important moment in time? Who was ultimately responsible for the attack? And why were the Dutch settlers caught totally off-guard? In answering those questions, this 17th century documentary reveals another side of history.

About The speaker

Award-winning documentarian with over 35 years of storytelling experience, Chris Conto’s work has taken him around the world, from the deserts of Jordan to the rim of the Arctic Circle. He’s also spent time producing international projects in Sweden, England, Hungary, Denmark and Russia. He most recently wrote and directed a full length PBS documentary titled “Reversing the Stigma,” which garnered a 2019 NYS Emmy Award nomination. Chris is a member of the Schenectady Historical Society, and has been researching and detangling the legends and facts surrounding the Schenectady Massacre of 1690 for the past several years.

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