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What can bottles teach us about history? Mark R. Smith’s antique bottle collection preserves the memory of once-ubiquitous dairies, downtown pharmacies, and long-forgotten resort hotels.
On this episode of The Long Island History Projet, Mark fills us in: where to dig for bottles, what the labels tell us, and how to research what you find.
Listen to the podcast here. Continue reading
Registration is now open for Fort Ticonderoga’s Twenty-Third Annual War College of the Seven Years’ War May 18-20, 2018.
With a panel of distinguished historians from across the United States, this seminar focuses on the Seven Years’ War in North America, also known as the French & Indian War. The War College takes place in the Mars Education Center and is open to the public; pre-registration is required. Continue reading
To commemorate the centennial year of the ending or World War I, Staatsburgh State Historic Site will offer a tour, “World War I and the End of the Gilded Age” on Saturday, February 24 at 1 pm.
The tour will last 90 minutes, and will include the unrestored servants’ area in the basement of the mansion, an area that is not shown on regular tours of Staatsburgh. Continue reading
He is one of the great patriots of the American Revolution, and he is barely known outside of his native Dutchess County, New York.
Born in the Fishkill area ca. 1729-1730 (sources vary), Jacob Griffin was a staunch Yankee Presbyterian, who wanted a clear and a complete parting of the ways with King George III of England.
From the mid to the late 18th century the Thirteen Colonies of British North America experienced one huge wave of social upheaval after the other… the reasons of these societal changes being many and very subtly related to the other. Continue reading
Intelligence gathering plays an important role in the foreign policies of many modern-day nation states, including the United States. Which raises the questions: How and when did the United States establish its foreign intelligence service?
To answer those questions, in this episode of Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History we’ll journey back to the American Revolution.
Our guide is Kenneth Daigler, an intelligence professional with 33 years experience managing human sources and collection and the author of Spies, Patriots, and Traitors: American Intelligence in the Revolutionary War (Georgetown university Press, 2014), will facilitate our mental time travel and exploration of this topic. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/172
Historic Saranac Lake has announced the addition of Kayt Gochenaur to its staff in the position of Oral History Coordinator.
Gochenaur is expected to plan and oversee the expansion of Historic Saranac Lake’s oral history project as well as manage the Cure Porch on Wheels project. Continue reading
The Albany Institute of History & Art will offer free admission to the galleries on Monday, February 19, 2018 from 10 am to 5 pm.
Current exhibitions include: Well-Dressed in Victorian Albany: 19th Century Fashion from the Albany Institute Collection (extended through May 20, 2018); Paintings of Addy®: Dahl Taylor’s Original Illustrations for American Girl; The Hudson River School: Landscape Paintings from the Albany Institute: Spotlight: Albany & Anti-Suffrage; The Fashionable Portrait; Ancient Egypt; and Traders & Culture: Albany and the Formation of American Identity. Continue reading
The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor has released results from a recently-commissioned study about current and prospective visitors to the 500-mile Canalway Corridor.
The information is intended to help tourism promoters, businesses and heritage sites better attract and serve visitors, including boaters, cyclists, sightseers and vacationers. Continue reading
The Oneida County History Center’s winter book sale is set to run Thursday, February 15th through Sunday, February 17th, in the center’s main gallery.
The center’s newly reorganized bookstore stocks over 200 book titles, one-of-kind local history puzzles and merchandise. The public will recieve 10% off all purchases, plus 50% off select titles. Members receive an additional 10% off sale prices. Continue reading