About seventeen years ago, inspired by the purchase of several volumes of a popular 19th century journal, John Adler had an idea – make the American narrative more accessible to the public. So upon his retirement, the former advertising executive launched a multi-year endeavor to create a database of articles, images and ads scanned from the iconic Harper’s Weekly Magazine.
Harper’s was the premiere chronicle of political events and literary commentary of its day, and Adler’s invention would help readers navigate thousands of stories from 1857 to 1916. One could find everything from headlines about Lincoln’s election to Thomas Nast’s cartoons denouncing slavery. This online trove christened “HarpWeek” was further complemented by academic essays and materials for educators. In 2003, Adler’s searchable scholarship “HarpWeek Presents Lincoln and the War” won recognition from the prestigious Gilder Lehrman Institute and an E-Lincoln Prize. Continue reading
This week on “The Historians” podcast Bruce Venter discusses his book The Battle of Hubbardton: the Rear Guard Action that Saved America (Arcadia, 2015). Bob Cudmore and Dave Greene talk about Montgomery County political boss Jacob Snell and Fonda newspaper columnist and minister, Washington Frothingham. Listen to the podcast here. Continue reading
The American Revolution inspired revolutions in France, the Caribbean, and in Latin and South America between the late 18th and mid-19th centuries.
Naturally, Spanish and Portuguese American revolutionaries turned to the United States for assistance with their fights. How did Americans in the United States respond to these calls for assistance? What did they make of these other “American Revolutions?”
In this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, Caitlin Fitz, an Assistant Professor of History at Northwestern University and the author of Our Sister Republics: The United States in an Age of American Revolutions (Liveright, 2016), helps us investigate answers to these questions. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/090
On Monday July 25, at 6:30 pm at the Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site, Don Hicket will give an evening talk on the war of 1812.
Hickey is an award-winning scholar who has authored eleven books and hundreds of articles, mainly on the War of 1812. Continue reading
The Saratoga National Historical Park (Saratoga Battlefield) will show Revolutionary War army trades at work, on Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17, from 10 am to 4 pm.
Armies had a lot more to do than fight in the Revolutionary War. They employed and contracted with a variety of professional tradesmen and women who worked to provide and repair supplies needed by the troops. Blacksmiths made and repaired ironwork; Tailors sewed and fixed clothing; Woodworkers built and fixed wheels and artillery carriages; Tinsmiths made artillery cartridge casings; and Cordwainers made shoes for the troops. Continue reading
This week on “The Historians” podcast Bob Cudmore hosts the first of two episodes covering the 2016 American Revolution in the Mohawk Valley Conference. Edward Lengel is author of First Entrepreneur: How George Washington Built His and the Nation’s Prosperity (DaCapo Press, 2016). J. L. Bell is author of The Road to Concord, How Four Stolen Cannons Ignited the Revolutionary War (JAR Books, 2016). And editor Don Hagist explains the online Journal of the American Revolution. Listen to the podcast here. Continue reading
This week on “The Historians” podcast Johnson Hall site manager Wade Wells describes loyalist Sir John Johnson’s escape from his family estate in Johnstown, N.Y., in 1776 as rebel soldiers were on their way there to arrest him. Listen to the podcast here. Continue reading
Four graduate students arrived at Fort Ticonderoga in mid-June to begin two-month internships as part of the Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellowship program. The fellowships run through August 12th and include internships in Education, Exhibitions, Horticulture, and Interpretation.
Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO Beth Hill said, “The Fellows will focus their research and creative energy to support exhibitions and programs related to the year 1757 at Fort Ticonderoga. 1757 will be the interpretive focus for 2017.” Continue reading
Visitors to Fort Ticonderoga will be able to immerse themselves in the history and natural beauty at the Fort during guided specialty tours this summer. Participants can witnesses the power of artillery during the Guns by Night tour; join the Soldier for an Evening program to enlist with your family and friends in the Continental Army; discover the history within the walls of the 1826 Historic Pavilion house during the Pavilion Promenade tour; and enjoy a sunset cruise aboard Fort Ticonderoga’s Vessel Carillon to discover why Lake Champlain is one of America’s most historic waterways. Continue reading
This week on “The Historians” podcast Christopher Kelly, co-author of America Invades: How We’ve Invaded or Been Militarily Involved With Almost Every Country on Earth (Book Publishers Network, 2015). Listen to the podcast here. Continue reading