American Sinai: How the Burned-Over District Remade Our Nation—and the World

Date: 01/16/2021
Time: 4:00 pm-5:00 pm












A presentation by Mitch Horowitz, sponsored by the Scoville Library

Saturday, January 16, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

How did a narrow strip of farmland north of the Hudson Valley become the engine of radical ideas and new religious movements that shook America and the world in the nineteenth century and beyond? Join PEN Award-winning historian Mitch Horowitz to discover the extraordinary influence of New York State’s “Burned-Over District.” He explores how this region of rolling hills and pristine lake shores gave rise to religious movements from Shakerism and Mormonism to Seventh-Day Adventism and Spiritualism, as well as a wide array of radical and reformist movements, including suffragism and utopianism. Join us for a surprising and unforgettable portrait of the Burned-Over District and its impact on American life. Visit here to register for this virtual program.