Author Archives: Bob Cudmore

Bob Cudmore

About Bob Cudmore

Bob Cudmore is author of Lost Mohawk Valley, Hidden History of the Mohawk Valley, Stories from the Mohawk Valley and the satirical book, You Can’t Go Wrong. He writes “Focus on History” every Saturday in Schenectady's Daily Gazette newspaper and hosts the weekly podcast "The Historians" at BobCudmore.com

Two Horrific Events in New York City


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The Historians LogoThis week on The Historians Podcast, history teacher Doug Kaufman discusses the 1911 Triangle shirtwaist factory fire in New York City. Steve Jankowski of Broadalbin, NY, tells how he escaped from the scene of the 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. They spoke at an event sponsored by Amsterdam Reads on the historical novel “A Fall of Marigolds” by Susan Meissner. Listen to the podcast here. Continue reading

Jumping The Alleys: The Age of Pinsetters


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The Historians LogoThis week on The Historians Podcast, Dave Greene and Bob Cudmore discuss bowling and pinsetting during the twentieth century. Pinsetters were boys and girls who manually set up bowling pins in commercial alleys before the advent of pinsetting machines. Fifty years ago a typical wage was ten cents a game, about the cost of a soda from the soda machines of the day. Pinsetters often “jumped alleys,” handling two bowling lanes at a time. Listen to the podcast here. Continue reading

History, Personal Experience and Social Media


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The Historians LogoThis week on “The Historians” podcast, history, personal experience and social media.  Interviews with Steve Bodnar who discusses @ExploringBySign on Instagram, that’s spreading the word about New York State historic markers; Chris Clemens talks about his website Exploring Upstate; and Cynthia Kurtz explains the question game Narratopia as a way to gather oral history.  The speakers held forth at a meeting of the Mohawk Valley Museum Consortium. Listen to the podcast here.     Continue reading