NYSL Program: Washington Park Spirit – Albany’s Alternative Newspaper of the 1970s

The Friends of the New York State Library are sponsoring a program this week on The Washington Spirit. This alternative newspaper was published bi-weekly from 1971-1975, covering many of the political and cultural events happening in the area at that time. Here is the description of the program:

Long before the internet, the blogs and the social media, Albany had an alternative source for news and arts information, in the early 1970′s. The Washington Park Spirit combined a progressive political bent, investigative reporting, coverage of the emerging cultural scene and a little bit of community organizing to win a loyal following among city dwellers and state workers. Peter Slocum and Kathy Schofield Zdeb, two veterans of that experience, will recall those days of exciting journalism on the streets of Albany. Sponsored by the Friends of the New York State Library.

If this description piques your interest here are the details of the event:

Date: Thursday, June 23, 2011
Time: 12:15-1:15 p.m.
Place: Librarians Room, 7th Floor of the Cultural Education Center
Registration (strongly encouraged): Click here or call 518-474-2274

We have some copies of the Washington Park Spirit in our collection at the library. We have 1971-1973 in book form and 1971-1974 in microfilm format (see the catalog). Copies of the Washington Park Spirit will also be at the program if you would like to see them there.

We hope to see you on Thursday!

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