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Wooster’s Bowery Hangout During Summer of 1775


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HMS Asia in Halifax Harbour, 1797Bowery in Dutch means a colonial plantation or farm. In late June 1775 – Connecticut Provincials made farm fields on Bowery Lane in New York their temporary home while British soldiers made a hasty retreat to ships in the East River.

The presence of General David Wooster and 1500 to 2000 of his men made the occupants of the King’s garrison near Battery Park uncomfortable. Connecticut men were there at the request of the New York Provincial Convention and their mission was to protect city residents from British and Tory aggression. Continue reading

Grants Available for Legends & Lore Historical Markers


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legends & lore signThe William G. Pomeroy Foundation has partnered with the New York Folklore Society to promote cultural tourism and commemorate legends and folklore as part of New York State history.

Grant funds are available for Legends & Lore markers, grants will cover the entire cost of the marker, pole and shipping. Recipients will be responsible for installation.

Grants are available to 501(c)(3) organizations and municipalities within New York State. The deadline to apply is October 31, 2017. Continue reading

Peekskill: Lincoln’s Other War: WWII Lincoln Propaganda


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brian sheeThe Lincoln Depot Museum will continue their Fall Lecture Series on Saturday, October 28th, from 1 to 4 pm with noted scholar and author Brian Snee.

Brian Snee will discuss how Lincoln was re-born to support the World War Two effort, anti-isolationism and sell war bonds.

Culled from Brian’s forth coming book The Lincoln Blitz, Mr. Snee will explore how Hollywood’s use of Lincoln’s image in WWII pro-war propaganda films helped bring about Victory. Continue reading

Broadway Goes to War: Soldier Shows of World War I


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Illustration: The cover of sheet music for Atta Boy!A talk at the New York State Library will tell the story of the “soldier shows” which were presented during and after the first World War.

The program, titled “Broadway Goes to War: Soldier Shows of World War I,” will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at 2 pm, at the State Library, located in the Cultural Education Center, 222 Madison Avenue, Albany, New York. Local author David Fiske will be the presenter. Continue reading

Two New Adirondack Historic Architecture Guides Published


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A Guide to Architecture in the AdirondacksTwo books published this year have significantly expanded our understanding of Adirondack architecture. People familiar with the Adirondacks know that twig furniture and palatial robber baron wilderness compounds are the exception, not the rule, for the Adirondack built environment. Unfortunately, until this year there have been no real resources that document the diversity of what really exists along the roadsides and in the settlements of the region. Now, at last, two truly amazing new books have arrived to fill the void. Both books belong in the bookcase of anyone who wants to know more about the Adirondacks.

Destined to become the reference book most often used to jog the memory is A Guide to Architecture in the Adirondacks by Prof. Richard Longstreth ($34.95, 427 pages). Published by Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) and produced by Adirondack Life this book covers the most significant buildings and structures throughout the region. Longstreth is a well-known architectural historian who teaches at George Washington University. He has deep first hand knowledge of the subject having been an inquiring seasonal resident of the Adirondacks since 1978. Continue reading

Mourning Culture Oneida Community Cemetery Tour


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oneida community mansion houseThe Oneida Community Mansion House will host a Oneida Community Cemetery Tour, hosted by Dr. Molly Jessup, Curator of Education, on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 4:30 pm.

A tour of the cemetery will follow a brief talk on how people mourned in the 19th and early 20th centuries and how the Oneida Community understood and practiced death and the afterlife. This walking tour, led by curator of education Molly Jessup, will explore ways in which the cemetery reflects community beliefs and reveals changing Community practices over time. Jessup will also share stories about the lives and deaths of notable Community members such as Mary Cragin and Tirzah Miller. Continue reading

Adirondack Historian To Lecture In Columbia County


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Author Glenn Pearsall is set to speak about and sign his new fiction book, Leaves Torn Asunder on Tuesday, October 24 at 7 pm during a free event, open to the public, at the James Vanderpoel ‘House of History’ in Kinderhook, sponsored by the Columbia County Historical Society Volunteers.

Based on true events, Pearsall’s research included diaries, soldiers’ letters home, visits to Civil War battle sites and historical documents such as the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. One of the main characters in the novel is an outspoken abolitionist. Continue reading

Boscobel Executive Director Announces Retirement


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Boscobel HouseSteven Miller, Executive Director of Boscobel House and Gardens in Garrison, New York has announced his retirement.

Miller has recently been accepted as a Visiting Scholar at The American Academy in Rome. During his study term in Rome, Miller will complete a book about how museums remove collections, a practice referred to in the profession as “deaccessioning.” Wiley-Blackwell also recently released Miller’s museum studies textbook, The Anatomy of a Museum: An Insider’s Text. Continue reading

New York History Around The Web This Week


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