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Friends of Historic Kingston 2018 Season Events


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Fred J. Johnston HouseFriends of Historic Kingston (FHK) is set to reopen its doors for the 2018 season beginning Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5.

This season celebrates Kingston’s landmarks and local history with an exhibit in the FHK Gallery entitled, “Charles Keefe, Colonial Revival Architect, Kingston and New York,” the Fred J. Johnston House Tour, and monthly guided walking tours of the Stockade and Rondout National Historic Districts. Continue reading

Automobile Racing in Vermont Exhibit Opening


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auto racing in vermontA new exhibit on Automobile Racing in Vermont is set to open April 28th, 2018 at the Vermont History Center in Barre.

Anything for Speed explores a century of automobile racing in Vermont from the earliest experimental days to traditions at local tracks.

The exhibit includes trophies, models, car parts, firesuits, flags, photographs and more. Visitors can record memories, or challenge friends in the racing simulator. Continue reading

National Park Week At Saratoga Battlefield


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jr rangerSaratoga National Historical Park is set to celebrate National Park Week from April 21-29, with several events and programs.

Saturday, April 21 from 10 am to 4 pm will celebrate kids on Jr. Ranger Day. Children and their families can join in a variety of free, hands-on activities including a touch table with animal skins and skulls, talk to a real wildland firefighter, run in a relay race, dress up in a uniform, or complete a Junior Ranger activity book. Children will earn their free Junior Ranger badge by participating. Continue reading

New Book On 1968 Columbia Student Protests


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a time to stirPaul Cronin’s new book, A Time to Stir: Columbia ’68, (Columbia University Press, 2018) reflects upon the 50th anniversary of the Columbia University student uprising and the legacies of the 1960s.

For seven days in April 1968, students occupied five buildings on the campus of Columbia University to protest a planned gymnasium in a nearby Harlem park, links between the university and the Vietnam War, and what they saw as the university’s unresponsive attitude toward their concerns. Continue reading

Genealogy Workshop Series Continues In Schoharie


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Old Stone Fort Library genealogy collectionThe Genealogy Workshop Series at the Old Stone Fort Museum is set to continue on Thursday, April 19 at 7 pm with “Using Records and Directories to Build a Timeline,” led by retired attorney and long time family researcher Bonnie Dailey.

This workshop will be dedicated to providing participants with strategies for using federal, state and veteran’s census information to build timelines and fill gaps in family history research. The use of city directories and other official records will also be covered during the workshop. Continue reading

The Death of Jane McCrea and Revolutionary War Opinion


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John Vanderlyn's "The Death of Jane McCrea"In Upstate New York, few tragedies have the cache of the death of Jane McCrea. In the summer of 1777, British armies were pressing southward through New York to Albany, with the goal of dividing the rebellious colonies.

On July 27, 1777 a young woman named Jane McCrea was killed in the vicinity of Fort Edward. There are conflicting stories about what happened, but most accuse Ottawa or Mohawk allies of Burgoyne in her death.

The murder of the young Loyalist bride changed the public perceptions of the war. General Gates wrote Burgoyne a scathing letter. Sir Edmund Burke, a Whig member of British Parliament, used the tragedy to rail against the Crown’s policies regarding its Indian allies.

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New York History Around The Web This Week


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