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Grants Available for Legends & Lore Historical Markers


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legends & lore signThe William G. Pomeroy Foundation has partnered with the New York Folklore Society to promote cultural tourism and commemorate legends and folklore as part of New York State history.

Grant funds are available for Legends & Lore markers, grants will cover the entire cost of the marker, pole and shipping. Recipients will be responsible for installation.

Grants are available to 501(c)(3) organizations and municipalities within New York State. The deadline to apply is October 31, 2017. Continue reading

Peekskill: Lincoln’s Other War: WWII Lincoln Propaganda


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brian sheeThe Lincoln Depot Museum will continue their Fall Lecture Series on Saturday, October 28th, from 1 to 4 pm with noted scholar and author Brian Snee.

Brian Snee will discuss how Lincoln was re-born to support the World War Two effort, anti-isolationism and sell war bonds.

Culled from Brian’s forth coming book The Lincoln Blitz, Mr. Snee will explore how Hollywood’s use of Lincoln’s image in WWII pro-war propaganda films helped bring about Victory. Continue reading

Broadway Goes to War: Soldier Shows of World War I


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Illustration: The cover of sheet music for Atta Boy!A talk at the New York State Library will tell the story of the “soldier shows” which were presented during and after the first World War.

The program, titled “Broadway Goes to War: Soldier Shows of World War I,” will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at 2 pm, at the State Library, located in the Cultural Education Center, 222 Madison Avenue, Albany, New York. Local author David Fiske will be the presenter. Continue reading

Mourning Culture Oneida Community Cemetery Tour


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oneida community mansion houseThe Oneida Community Mansion House will host a Oneida Community Cemetery Tour, hosted by Dr. Molly Jessup, Curator of Education, on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 4:30 pm.

A tour of the cemetery will follow a brief talk on how people mourned in the 19th and early 20th centuries and how the Oneida Community understood and practiced death and the afterlife. This walking tour, led by curator of education Molly Jessup, will explore ways in which the cemetery reflects community beliefs and reveals changing Community practices over time. Jessup will also share stories about the lives and deaths of notable Community members such as Mary Cragin and Tirzah Miller. Continue reading

Adirondack Historian To Lecture In Columbia County


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Author Glenn Pearsall is set to speak about and sign his new fiction book, Leaves Torn Asunder on Tuesday, October 24 at 7 pm during a free event, open to the public, at the James Vanderpoel ‘House of History’ in Kinderhook, sponsored by the Columbia County Historical Society Volunteers.

Based on true events, Pearsall’s research included diaries, soldiers’ letters home, visits to Civil War battle sites and historical documents such as the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. One of the main characters in the novel is an outspoken abolitionist. Continue reading

Boscobel Executive Director Announces Retirement


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Boscobel HouseSteven Miller, Executive Director of Boscobel House and Gardens in Garrison, New York has announced his retirement.

Miller has recently been accepted as a Visiting Scholar at The American Academy in Rome. During his study term in Rome, Miller will complete a book about how museums remove collections, a practice referred to in the profession as “deaccessioning.” Wiley-Blackwell also recently released Miller’s museum studies textbook, The Anatomy of a Museum: An Insider’s Text. Continue reading

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Columbia County in WWI Exhibition to Open Saturday


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invest in the victory liberty loan posterThe Columbia County Historical Society will honor the 100th anniversary of the United States entering the First World War with a special exhibition focusing on WWI’s profound impact on industry and culture in Columbia County – Supreme Sacrifice: Columbia County in World War I. The exhibition will open to the public and commence with a celebratory wine and cocktail reception, on Saturday, October 21 from 4 to 6 pm at the CCHS Museum Gallery in Kinderhook.

Supreme Sacrifice: Columbia County in World War I explores experiences of County citizens both home and abroad, and investigates larger cultural and economical ramifications caused by the Great War on local life. More than 8,300 men and women from Columbia County registered to serve in some capacity during WWI, with over 1,100 seeing active service abroad, and among which there were at least 95 casualties. Continue reading

Wilderness to Woodstock: Unique Catskills History Film Showing


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Williams house neversink (1893)The Time and the Valleys Museum will show a film on the history of the Catskill resorts from 1823 to 1974 on Sunday, October 22 at 2 p.m. on St. Rt. 55 in Grahamsville.

This story of the Catskill resorts from 1823 to 1974 was originally a slide presentation by Manville Wakefield, and narrated by Miles Ellison.

The Catskills have been a popular vacation area since the early 1800’s for famous artists and New Yorkers. Continue reading

Explore Family History in Canton October 21st


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silas write houseA series of six lectures will be featured at the upcoming Local History and Genealogy Fair being held at the SLCHA Museum and Archives, 3 East Main Street, Canton from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, October 21. The schedule will include topics which should be of interest to both local history and genealogical researchers.

At 10 am, a panel of local researchers will hold a round table discussion on Beginning to Research Your Family Tree; at 11 am, a presentation will be held by a representative of Witherbee & Whalen, Canton, on cleaning and repairing cemetery monuments as well as a look at that firm’s history in Canton; at noon, Town Historian and Registrar will talk about the role of those offices to assist researchers looking for information on their ancestors; at 1 pm, Chuck Henry of the NNYLN will explain research methods using the New York State Historic Newspapers website; at 2 pm, a workshop will be held on Internet Genealogy and doing online research, led by an experienced local researcher; and at 3 pm, a discussion of the recent interest in DNA tests and their role in genealogy will be held. Continue reading