In the spring of 1811, the Albany Common Council banned Pinkster Day celebrations because of “rioting and drunkenness.” Two centuries later, in an effort to revive a tradition from Albany’s past, members of the University Club petitioned the Common Council to repeal the prohibition. The Pinkster ban was lifted on May 16, 2011.
On Friday, June 3, the Club will welcome award-winning author Scott Christianson to its 6th Annual Pinkster Celebration at the National Register-listed University Club of Albany. Scott Christianson, Ph.D. is an award-winning author of several distinguished non-fiction books, as well as a journalist, criminologist, historian, filmmaker, teacher and human rights activist. Continue reading
The Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site Visitor Center in Fort Hunter, MOntgomery County is open the 2016 season. Hours at the Visitor Center are 10 am – 5 pm Wednesday through Saturday and Sundays 1 pm -5 pm from May until October 31st.
Visit the site to witness the engineering marvel of the Erie Canal and check out the “Little Short of Madness” exhibit as well as artifacts from the colonial Fort Hunter and the Lower Castle Mohawk Village. Schoharie Crossing is the best place to witness Erie Canal history and enjoy a day walking the towpath trails, kayaking the creek or cycling the Canalway trail. Continue reading
The Annual Peterboro Civil War Weekend committee is completing plans for Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12, 2016.
The 12th US Co A Infantry will once again host the event under the military reenacting leadership of Lt. Neil MacMillan (Syracuse, NY) with Lee Houser (Clifton Springs, NY) of the Civil War Heritage Foundation. Continue reading
The 2016 Annual Meeting of the New Netherland Institute will be held this Saturday, May 21st at the First Presbyterian Church in Greenbush, 34 Broadway, Rensselaer, NY.
The day will begin at 10 am with the business meeting, which will be followed by the luncheon at noon. The meeting is free to members and nonmembers alike. The luncheon is offered at a price of $25 per person. Continue reading
The Roeliff Jansen Historical Society will host “What’s New at the Old Copake Iron Works,” an illustrated lecture by Edgar M. Masters, on Sunday, May 15th at 2pm at the Society museum, 8 Miles Road in Copake Falls.
Masters’ program will begin with a look back at the Copake Iron Works in 2008 when Friends of Taconic State Park first began planning the preservation of the long derelict, but historically important, 19th century industrial site. He will continue with a photo review of the work done in the ensuing years and a quick discussion of future plans, including the re-creation of part of the railroad that once circumnavigated the Copake Iron Works. Continue reading
Actor and activist Danny Glover, Albany civil rights leader Alice Green and youth advocate Brother Yusuf Abdul-Wasi Burgess will be the first recipients of the Spirit of John Brown Freedom Award, to be awarded at the John Brown Day 2016 celebration on Saturday, May 7th, at 1 pm.
The annual event, which is organized by Westport-based human rights and freedom education project John Brown Lives!, will be held at the John Brown Farm State Historic Site in Lake Placid. The public is welcome. Continue reading
On May 7th Goshen Historic Track will host its 2nd Annual Kentucky Derby Day from 4:30 to 7 pm, coinciding with the famous event held in Louisville, Kentucky.
The fundraiser will help the track pay for maintenance expenses and go towards improvements in the facilities. Goshen Historic Track is a not-for-profit and is not a part of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame. Continue reading
A workshop entitled “Collections Care 101” will be held at the Ticonderoga Historical Society on Monday, May 9, 2016 from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm.
This day-long workshop covers the basics of collections care and is presented by Stacy Pomeroy Draper, Rensselaer County Historical Society (RCHS) Curator; and Kathryn Sheehan, RCHS Registrar and Rensselaer County and City of Troy Historian. John Diefenderfer, Archivist with the New York State Archives, will address the care of historical records. Registration begins at 9 am and a tour of the museum follows. Continue reading
In 2015, the Adirondack Scenic Railroad carried over 74,000 passengers, an all-time high for the 24-year old organization. If Spring 2016 sales are any indication, the Railroad projects that 2016 will break the previous year’s record.
The spring season kicked off March 26th with the Easter Bunny Express, a train ride geared for children and families, which travels from Holland Patent to Remsen. The event sold out over a month in advance the company said, even with additional added capacity. A total of four trips carried over 1,500 passengers. Continue reading
Journeys to Orange County’s most historic inns and restaurants are planned for the 2016 Historic Tavern Trail of the Hudson Valley, beginning April 29th.
There are seven tavern events being held on the Friday of each month from April through October, between 5:30 pm and 7 pm. A cross promotional effort between Orange County history, tourism and economic development communities, these seven Tavern Trail happy hour and dinner events feature local food, a specialty cocktail, and discussions of local history.