The Culper Spy Ring has taken hold of the public imagination in recent years. From the work of historian Alexander Rose to the AMC series Turn, this story of a tight-knit group of Long Island natives spying for George Washington during the Revolution provides a compelling narrative.
On the latest episode of the Long Island History Project, we take a closer look at the primary sources that help document the Culper story. Kristen Nyitray, Director of Special Collections and University Archives at Stony Brook University, and Chris Filstrup, former Dean of SBU Libraries, discuss their pursuit and acquisition of two letters by George Washington to Benjamin Tallmadge about the operations of the spy ring. We also discus how the letters helped form closer ties among community groups involved in interpreting and promoting this fascinating aspect of Long Island history. Continue reading
This week on The Historians podcast, author Jim Richmond discusses Milton, New York: A New Town in a New Nation Richmond and Milton town historian Kim McCartney are co-authors of the book about a Saratoga County town that includes new information on religious conflicts, slavery, mill town development and Civil War soldiers.
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On this month’s on “Crossroads of Rockland History,” Clare Sheridan explored the new exhibition at the Historical Society of Rockland County: “Jawonio: Moving Forward, Looking Back – Changing Lives of People with Special Needs for 70 Years” with Diana Hess (Chief Development Officer at Jawonio).
“Jawonio” is a Native American word that means “independence.” Founded in Rockland County in 1947 as the Rockland County Center for the Physically Handicapped & United Cerebral Palsy, Jawonio today is at the forefront of providing services that help people of all ages with special needs reach their potential and achieve independence.
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Humanities New York will host two webinars and a workshop to support new applicants for their upcoming Action Grants.
Action Grants offer up to $5,000 to produce public-facing humanities projects that encourage audiences to reflect on their values, explore new ideas, and engage with others across New York State.
The grants require organizations to demonstrate a match of at least one-to-one. The deadline to apply for Action Grants is June 1st, 2018. Continue reading
The next American Revolution Round Table discussion, featuring the troubled life of Henry Beekman Livingston, has been set for Tuesday, May 8th, at 6:30 pm at Siena College.
Henry Beekman Livingston was already well on his way to being the black sheep of the illustrious Livingston family before the Revolutionary War erupted.
The war seemed to be his chance to make right, and he experienced a great deal of success on the battlefield eventually earning the rank of Colonel of the 4th New York Regiment. Continue reading
Four roundtables celebrating the Champlain Canal Centennial have been set for May, each will feature a presentation, an information sharing session, networking opportunities, and a discussion period.
The roundtables are designed to bring together museum professionals, historical societies, archivists, local historians, and community members to foster collaboration and to create unique thematic experiences for visitors. Continue reading
Author John Rousmaniere is set to give a lecture on American sailing history on May 16th at 7 pm at the Jay Heritage Center.
John Rousmaniere’s 30 books range over a world of topics, but he is best known for writing about sailing in all its facets – including seamanship, storms, sailing safety, the America’s Cup, and stories of America’s yacht clubs, including the New York Yacht Club, where he is club historian. His illustrated talk is about what he calls “The Golden Pastime.” Continue reading
State Librarian Bernard A. Margolis, 69, died early Saturday, April 14th, after an eight-year battle with acute myeloid leukemia. His wife of 45 years, Amanda Batey, and close friends were by his side.
Margolis, known as Bernie, began serving as New York State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries in January 2009, following appointment by then Governor Eliot Spitzer. Continue reading
Once upon a time in the 19th and 20th centuries, there was a neighborhood in Lower Manhattan called Little Syria. The area was defined as west of Broadway to the Hudson River and from the Battery at the southern tip of Manhattan north to Liberty Street.
Beginning in the 1880s, a variety of people from the eastern Mediterranean and Middle East began settling there. By the 1920s the population consisted of about 8,000 people, including 27 ethnicities. Their tenements were located near the docks where the residents worked. Continue reading