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New York History Around The Web This Week


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Historical Tour of Madrid, NY May 12th


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Columbia Hotel in madridThe St. Lawrence County Historical Association has announced the inaugural event of its new series of tours.

The Historic North Country Village Talk & Walk will take place in Madrid, St. Lawrence County, on Saturday, May 12th, and will be led by Philip Paige.

Attendees will meet at the Hepburn Library, 11 Church Street, Madrid at 11 am, where Mr. Paige will give a talk on letters written by Sylvester J. Wright to the local newspaper in 1914. The letters were penned as a means of documenting life in early Madrid, focusing on topics ranging from early industry and social life to famous figures with Madrid roots, secret societies, politics, and more. Continue reading

New Book On Oneida Co’s Harold Bell Wright


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William A. Wright of Boonville NY’s 97th Regiment and the lieutenant’s cousin, Frank L. WrightThe new book, Harold Bell Wright and his Wright Settlement Cousins, by Christine Tyrlik, looks into Harold Bell Wright’s life, and his ties to New York State.

In the early 20th century Wright became one of America’s best-selling authors. Known for his westerns, Wright was born in 1872 near Rome, NY, and maintained close ties to his cousins and old friends in Wright Settlement (Ridge Mills). Wright returned to New York often and used some of the state’s settings and people in his novels.

His birthplace, Spring Brook Farms is now the Mohawk Glen Golf Clubhouse on the former Griffiss Air Force Base (now itself an industrial park). Wright’s parents and a brother are buried near the runway at the historic Wright Settlement Cemetery. Continue reading

Schenectady Co Historical Seeks Input On Future


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The Schenectady County Historical Society (SCHS) is seeking public input on what makes a modern historical organization thrive.

The SCHS, working through a grant with Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services for New York, has scheduled three round-table discussions on the future of the organization.

Key questions include how SCHS can be more inclusive, how SCHS can better serve the community, and how history is being made in Schenectady today. Continue reading

A Musical History of the Lower East Side


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musical history of the lower east sideA Musical History of the Lower East Side, presented by Charles R. Hale has been set for Tuesday, June 12 at 7 pm at the American Irish Historical Society, 991 5th Avenue, New York, NY. Charles R. Hale has developed a reputation as a storyteller who blends imagery and performance art to create uniquely New York experiences.

This concert will present songs reflecting the historically rich ethnicity of the New York City’s Lower East Side. The cast will perform Irish laments, Yiddish and Ladino music, operatic and Neopolitan songs, German lied, jazz and blues, all representative of the ethnic groups who have passed through the Lower East Side. The show will also include images and historical narration provided by Charles. Continue reading

Museum Wins Lake Placid Land Seizure Case


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adirondack experience logoOn May 3, 2018, the Appellate Division of New York State’s Supreme Court annulled the Village of Lake Placid’s effort to seize two parcels of land owned by the Adirondack Experience (formerly the Adirondack Museum).

The parcels, located at 2476-2478 Main Street in Lake Placid, were originally acquired by the museum in 2007 for the creation of a branch location, a plan which has since been put on hold. The Village proposes to erect a parking garage on the site. Continue reading

Newburgh Historical Society Concert Planned


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pianoforteMusic for Mother’s Day concert featuring nineteenth-century music has been set for Saturday, May 12th at 2 pm, at the 1830 Captain David Crawford House, located on 189 Montgomery Street in Newburgh, NY.

Music will be performed lived by Christopher Brellochs, Cynthia Peterson, and Elizabeth Gerbi. The trio specializes in music of nineteenth century America, developing programs that capture the unique history of each mansion where they perform. Continue reading

Labor History: Taylor Law Conference to Mark 50th Anniversary


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Public Worker Strikes in New YorkThe Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) has announced a two-day conference to recognize the 50th anniversary of the Taylor Law, the law that grants public employees in New York State the right to collectively bargain with their employers while prohibiting strikes.

The conference will be held from May 10-11, 2018 at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Albany. Continue reading

NY State Park Police Academy Graduates 27


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Bicycle Patrol SaratogaThe New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) has announced 27 recruits graduated from the from the 15th Basic School of the New York State Park Police Academy.

The 27 recruits completed a six-month residential training program at the State Park Police Academy in Rensselaerville, Albany County. Training consisted of classroom education in Criminal Procedure Law, Penal Law, Vehicle and Traffic Law, Park and Recreation Law, criminal investigations and a host of other police related topics. In addition, the recruits received hands-on training in firearms, first response, snowmobile operation, ATV operation, emergency vehicle operation and a wide variety of other law enforcement related topics. Continue reading