Upcoming Book Events:
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Lehman College showing of 23 Reason Why 23 Years is Enough for the "Keep Shakoure Home" Campaign. Nov. 15, 2023, 3:00 p.m. in the Music Building East Dining Room. Use QR Code to register.
Utica Book Fair, Nov. 18, 2023. Noon to 3:00 p.m. Oneida County History Center, 1608 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13502. Deirdre will be with other local and state authors selling and signing their books. https://oneidacountyhistory.org/programs-8
Oneida County Public Market, Union Station, Utica, NY. 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, December 9th & 23rd, 2023. Come and meet the author of "The Third Mrs. Galway." Buy a book or get the one you have signed.
Black History Month Talk: February 17th, 2024, 2:00 p.m. Hear the history and the people behind a photo circa 1927 of the Hiram Lodge No. 18, the Black Masons of Utica New York. Deirdre will discuss the lives of the people pictured and hope that the audience will participate with more identifications and stories of the men, women, and children at the event. Oneida County History Center, 1608 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13502.
Black History Talk: February 24th, 2:00 p.m. Rome New York. Place TBA.
During the pandemic I was able to do two talks. The are available on the A/V Gallery page on this website.
National Park Service's 2019 Conference/Training
National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom
Bridging the Past to the Present
September 11th - 13th, 2019, in Niagara Falls, New York.
Shenandoah County Historical Society, Edinburg, VA
"A Story of the Shenandoah Valley: The 1836 Escape, Arrest, and Rescue of George and Harry Bird” will be presented at the Shenandoah County Historical Society Quarterly Meeting at St. Paul’s Heritage Center at 106 S. High Street on Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 at 7pm.
Oneida County History Center, Utica, NY
"Underground Railroad: The 1836 Escape, Arrest, and Rescue in Utica of George and Harry Bird” will be presented at the Oneida County History Center at 1608 Genesee Street on Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 at 5:30pm.
Previous Speaking Engagements
◊ Oneida County History Center
◊ Shenandoah County Historical Society
◊ National Abolition Hall of Fame & Museum
◊ LibertyCon 2018: Embracing Equity in a Global Society
◊ Utica’s Abolition History Day Celebration
◊ Otisville Correctional Facility
◊ Underground Railroad History Project
◊ Harriet Tubman Underground Rail Road Conference
◊ Harvard University
◊ Yale University
◊ New York University
◊ Fordham Law School, NYC
◊ City College of NY
◊ Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC
◊ Friends Meeting House, Stop the War Coalition, London
◊ European Conference for Peace, Athens
◊ Martin Luther King Jr. High School, NYC
◊ P.S. 41, NYC
◊ Washington Irving High School, NYC
◊ City-As-School Graduation, NYC
◊ Bluestockings Bookstore, NYC
◊ Phoenix Reading Series, NYC
◊ Community Bookstore, Brooklyn
◊ Adams Antiquarian Book Shop, Hobart, NY
◊ Hamish & Henry Booksellers, Livingston Manor, NY
◊ Unitarian Universalist Church, Bellport NY
◊ U.N. Church Center
◊ Community Church, NYC
◊ St. John’s Church, Elizabeth, NJ
◊ Mid-West Organizers Conference, Milwaukee
◊ Hiroshima Day Remembrance, Staten Island
◊ Women’s Building, San Francisco
◊ Stable Yoga Dance Studio, Brooklyn
◊ Dearborn Progressive Group, Sarasota
Deirdre gave a fantastic presentation. The gallery was packed with our members and many new faces. We truly appreciate the research she and other local historians have completed. History can often be lost because it is not written down or shared; we'd like to thank Deirdre for her significant contributions.
-- Rebecca McLain, Community Outreach Coordinator of the Oneida County History Center, Utica, NY.
Deirdre's thorough research and enjoyable presentation of the compelling story of Harry Bird and George captivated the audience. There was applause at the conclusion when listeners realized that these two men did indeed escape to live their lives in freedom. Because the story began in Shenandoah County, the audience appreciated the local connections and the opportunity to envision life in the County and the Shenandoah Valley during that era. We also are grateful for this valuable research that has revealed a story previously unknown. Thank you, Deirdre!
-- Barbara Adamson
President of the Shenandoah County Historical Society, Edinburg, VA.
Deirdre Sinnott’s reading from her book, “The Third Mrs. Galloway” was interesting and engaging. Both the content and her delivery brought the audience instantly into Utica and the Underground Railroad. Under the challenging conditions of KGB (a mainstay of the NYC literary scene), she kept her listeners rapt, through the usual background cacophony. We were thrilled and honored by her reading.
-- D Ferrara, San Fedele Press
Deirdre Sinnott is an impressive speaker who gets her audience personally involved. She interacted freely with the audience, answering their questions and comments and soliciting their ideas, while skillfully maintaining focus on her message.
-- Phebe Eckfeldt
Harvard University, Division of Faculty of Arts and Sciences, AFSCME Local 3650
Deirdre Sinnott uses her life as a spring board to discuss addiction, sexual abuse and other problems young adults need to know they do not face alone. She approaches her audience with emotion, sincerity, insight and, most importantly, humor.
-- Dr. Leonard Vogt
Professor Emeritus of English, LaGuardia Community College, The City University of New York
I am happy to recommend Deirdre Sinnott enthusiastically as a speaker on the topics of prevention of and recovery from sexual abuse and recovery from substance abuse and addiction. She recently presented her work to a sophisticated audience of writers and other lovers of literature at The Phoenix Reading Series, which I coordinate and host. Her presentation was both very well-written and spoken and recounted an impressive triumph of self-control, good will, persistence and endurance.
-- Michael Graves
Author Adam and Cain
Host of The Phoenix Reading Series
I've seen Deirdre Sinnott perform her work and she knows how to reach, educate, and enthrall an audience. Her writing is funny and touching. She reveals intimacies with ease and has the conviction that tough topics, that adversely affect peoples lives, need to be brought into the public discourse. I recommend her to anyone who has a challenging issue that needs to be handled with warmth, sincerity, and smarts.
-- Vittoria repetto
Author Not Just a Personal Ad
Organizer of the Women’s/Trans’ Poetry Jam host,
Deirdre Sinnott is an excellent speaker, organizer and leader. She engineered a successful series of programs at our store that brought in new customers and helped local authors reach a wider audience. As master of ceremonies she was entertaining and her spoken-word performances were the backbone of the programs.
-- Sue Barnett
Hamish & Henry Booksellers