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Slavery In The Mohawk Valley Event Thursday


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Johnson Hall State Historic SiteOn Thursday, August 24 Travis M. Bowman, Senior Curator with the New York State Bureau of Historic Sites, will present “Slavery in the Mohawk Valley”, examining how slavery evolved in New York under the Dutch, British, and American systems of government and how the institution was utilized at a local and personal level in the Mohawk Valley. Usually considered a “Southern” issue, slavery played a surprisingly large role in colonial and revolutionary era New York.

The lecture will begin at 6:30 pm at Johnson Hall State Historic Site, with refreshments served at the conclusion. There is no admission charge, but donations to support Johnson Hall’s interpretive programs and ongoing restoration will be appreciated. Continue reading

Rev War: USS Philadelphia Gunboat Being Rebuilt in A Day


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USS Philadelphia Gunboat replica2017 New York State Fair opening day visitors will be able to see a replica of the gunboat USS Philadelphia that carried General Benedict Arnold and his Continental Army troops in 1776 during the Revolutionary War rebuilt in just one day, Wednesday, August 23.

Erich Tichonuk, co-executive director of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Vergennes, VT, will lead the assembly of the replica of the oldest surviving American fighting naval vessel. The original Philadelphia was discovered in Lake Champlain in 1935 and is now housed at the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC. Continue reading

Saratoga Battlefield Tour Road Closure


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The Tour Road through Saratoga National Historical Park will be closed through Friday, August 25, 2017 for resurfacing and again Tuesday, August 29 for surface repairs. This is part of a routine cyclic maintenance project in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration.

The project is focusing on all major bridges and culverts in the park, specifically the bridges and culverts on the Entrance Road and the pier bridge on the Tour Road. Please use caution when driving on the Entrance Road for the next month. Continue reading

Pomeroy Foundation Seeks Historical Grant Consultant


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WGP foundation LogoThe William G. Pomeroy Foundation is seeking consultants who are passionate about helping others uncover and celebrate their local history. This is an exciting opportunity to help the Foundation expand its Historic Roadside Marker Grant Program commemorating historic people, places or things in the State of New York. This is ideal for someone wishing to work remotely, maintain a flexible work schedule, and use state-of-the art grant making software. Continue reading

45th Rochester Antiquarian Book Fair Sept 9th


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A customer peruses one exhibitor’s inventory at last year’s Rochester Antiquarian Book FairThe oldest, continually running regional Antiquarian Book Fair in the U.S. will take place in downtown Rochester, NY at the Main Street Armory on Saturday, September 9, from 10 am to 4 pm.

Presented by the Rochester Area Booksellers Association (RABA) and RIT Press, annually the Fair attracts an increasing number of visitors and exhibitors. Currently, nearly 50 dealers from across the nation and Canada are expected to bring rare antiquarian titles along with good secondhand books of wide subject breadth and reader interest, including scholarly texts. Additionally, exhibitors will feature prints, maps, photographica and collectible ephemera embracing equally diverse subject categories. Continue reading

Jacob’s Land: Settling New York’s Frontier


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jacobs land book coverCharles Yaple’s Jacob’s Land: Revolutionary War Soldiers, Schemers, Scoundrels and the Settling of New York’s Frontier is a archival based account of life on the New York frontier before, during, and after the American Revolutionary War.

The book is a family narrative, that follows the experiences of a German immigrant family, Indian Leader Joseph Brant, and George Washington’s Surveyor General, Simeon DeWitt.

The books spans the history of French and Indian War, the Burgoyne Campaign and Battles of Saratoga and Monmouth, the Clinton Campaign of 1779, Native Indian trails west, the early history of Ithaca, and more. Continue reading

Saratoga & The Civil War at Greenridge Cemetery


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Greenridge Cemetery Civil War MonumentThe Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation will host a tour of Saratoga & The Civil War at Greenridge on Sunday, August 20th at 10:30 am, led by Gloria May.

Hear the stories of those who answered President Lincoln’s call to save the Union during the Civil War at Greenridge Cemetery. The tour, sponsored by LaBrake Memorials, meets at the Civil War Monument inside of Sackett Gates on Lincoln Avenue. Continue reading

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Battle of Brooklyn Commemoration Planned August 26-27


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The Green-Wood Historic Fund is commemorating the anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn with a weekend of events on Saturday and Sunday, August 26-27, 2017.

Fought on August 27, 1776 across Brooklyn, including land that is now part of Green-Wood Cemetery, it was the first battle of the American Revolution to be waged after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

In terms of the total number of British and American troops poised and ready to fight, this was the largest battle of the Revolution. Continue reading