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A World War II Love Story in Letters Published


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we are going to be luckyElizabeth L. Fox’s new book We Are Going to Be Lucky: A World War II Love Story in Letters (SUNY Press, 2018) tells the story of a first-generation Jewish American couple separated by war, captured in their own words.

Lenny and Diana Miller were married just one year before America entered World War II. Deeply committed to social justice and bonded by love, both vowed to write to one another daily after Lenny enlisted in 1943. Continue reading

Heroes of Fishkill Day Set for May 26th


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Heroes of Fishkill flyer final 2018The Second Heroes of Fishkill Day has been set for May 26, 2018, from 9 am to 3 pm at the Rombout Rural Cemetery, 1571 Route 52 in Fishkill, NY.

Once a place where Revolutionary War soldiers were treated for injuries in the Middle Presbyterian Church that stood there until the mid-1800’s, the event will honor the 57 Women of the Revolution who are buried in the cemetery. Continue reading

A Short History of Drunkenness


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short history of drunkennessMark Forsyth’s new book A Short History of Drunkenness: How, Why, Where, and When Humankind Has Gotten Merry from the Stone Age to the Present, (Viking, 2018) traces humankind’s love affair with booze from our primate ancestors through to Prohibition.

Almost every culture on earth has drink, and where there’s drink there’s drunkenness. But in every age and in every place drunkenness is a little bit different. It can be religious, it can be sexual, it can be the duty of kings or the relief of peasants. It can be an offering to the ancestors, or a way of marking the end of a day’s work. Continue reading

Fort Bull Day Fundraiser in Rome NY


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Fort Wood CreekA Fort Bull Day Fundraiser has been set for Saturday, May 26 from 10 am to 3 pm at the Rome Historical Society located at 200 Church Street in Rome NY.

This event, which coincides with the annual French and Indian War weekend at Fort Stanwix National Monument, is a collaborative effort between the Rome Historical Society and the Fort Bull Research Group with a goal to raise funds for the continued preservation and maintenance of the Society’s Fort Bull Property. Continue reading

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New Railroad Archives Opens for Research; Photos Online


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CNW Locomotive #1653 at platform in passenger terminalNewly organized and now available to researchers, Cornell University Library’s Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives railroad collection tell stories about the seismic shifts, catalyzed by railroads, that shaped the modern age.

Part of the collection, more than 1,600 geotagged photos of railroads around the nation from the 1950s, have now digitized and are available on the library’s digital collections site. 380 boxes of records, photographs, correspondence and more, make up the 63 newly processed railroad collections. Continue reading

Art of the Americas Traveling Exhibits Planned


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Expulsion from the Garden of eden The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) has announced a partnership with Fenimore Art Museum and three additional museums in the Northeast to share works from its Art of the Americas collection through the new Terra-Art Bridges program, made possible by a grant of nearly $2 million awarded by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Curators from the MFA will collaborate with colleagues from these museums to co-organize a series of traveling exhibitions over the next six years, drawing on the combined breadth and depth of the museums’ holdings and encouraging engagement with American art within different communities. The project will launch in 2018, with Fenimore being the first museum to exhibit artwork derived from the collaboration. Continue reading

Sullivan Co: Ellenville History Talk, Museum Volunteer Day


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elllenville bookThe Time and the Valleys Museum has announced a New Volunteer Day and a program by Henry “Bucky” Green on the History of Ellenville have been set for 1 and 2 pm on Sunday, May 20th on St. Rt. 55 in Grahamsville, Sullivan County.

New Volunteer Day is an open house for anyone interested in learning about volunteering at the Museum. Visitors will take a tour of the Museum, meet the staff and volunteers and learn all about the different programs and projects that need volunteer assistance. The perks and benefits of volunteering, including a discount in the shop, travel reimbursement and free admission to programs will also be presented. This program is free and open to people of all ages with an interest in history and a willingness to help. Continue reading