Kennedy seeks anti-rent artifacts

KNOX — Bruce Kennedy explained his forthcoming documentary on the Anti-Rent War to the Kiwanis Club of the Helderbergs on Wednesday, July 24, at The Highlands restaurant in Knox.

The "good patroon" Stephen Van Rensselaer died $400,000 in debt, forcing his heirs to collect back rent from the tenant farmers and prompting the first large anti-rent meeting in Berne in 1839.

Kennedy is seeking information and opinions about events, stories, artifacts, and family connections for possible inclusion in his project. He can be contacted on his cellular phone at 828-253-2954, by e-mail at, or by postal mail at Inner Works Productions, 24 Curve St., Asheville, NC 28801.

Editor’s note: Amy Lauterbach Pokorny is a member of the Kiwanis Club of the Helderbergs.

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