How the War of 1812 Truly Ended the American Revolution


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unshackling americaWillard Sterne Randall’s new book, Unshackling America: How the War of 1812 Truly Ended the American Revolution (St. Martin’s Press, 2017) challenges the notion that Americans fought two separate wars of independence.

Willard Sterne Randall documents a fifty-year-long struggle for economic independence from Britain overlapping two armed conflicts linked by an unacknowledged global struggle. Randall  argues that the struggle was all about free trade. Continue reading

Journal of Phebe Orvis Reveals Extraordinary Woman


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an extraordinary ordinary womanA new book by Susan M. Ouelette An Extraordinary Ordinary Woman: The Journal of Phebe Orvis, 1820-1830 (SUNY Press, 2017) takes a look at Phebe Orvis, a young woman adapting to life on the New York and Vermont frontier.

In 1820, Phebe Orvis began a journal that she faithfully kept for a decade. Her diary captures not only the everyday life of an ordinary woman in early nineteenth-century Vermont and New York, but also the unusual happenings of her family, neighborhood, and beyond. Continue reading

Revolutionary War At New Windsor Historic Huts


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Continental Army Soldiers from the 7th Massachusetts Regiment Drill on the Grand Parade at the New Windsor CantonmentThe New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site and National Temple Hill Association will present a night of Revolutionary War military drills, musket firings and other period activities on Saturday June 24 from 7 to 9:30 pm.

The authentically-constructed log huts were commissioned by the Town of New Windsor during the Bicentennial of the American Revolution to highlight their historic property, encompassing a large portion of the 1782-83 final winter encampment of the northern Continental Army. This property is currently managed by the National Temple Hill Association on behalf of the Town of New Windsor. Primarily responsible for the preservation of a large portion of this encampment site, the National Temple Hill Association also operates the mid-18th century stone house owned by James Edmonston that was used for a short time as a headquarters by Major General Horatio Gates. Continue reading

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Migrants and Millionaires on the Great Liners, 1900-1914


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south street seaport museumThe South Street Seaport Museum has announced its newest exhibition, Millions: Migrants and Millionaires aboard the Great Liners, 1900-1914 beginning on June 23, 2017, open Wednesday to Sunday 11 am – 7 pm, at the Museum’s mezzanine gallery level, accessible from the main entrance of the Museum on 12 Fulton Street. An Opening Reception will be held Thursday, June 22, 2017 from 7 to 9 pm, RSVP required. Click here for reservation info.

Millions: Migrants and Millionaires aboard the Great Liners, 1900-1914 is one of the first exhibitions to examine, side-by-side, the dichotomy between First Class and Third Class passengers aboard ocean liners in the early 20th century. Continue reading

30th Anniversaries of Hudson River, Harbor Estuary Programs


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dec logoNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that officials from local, state, and federal agencies, non-profit organizations, scientists, and other stakeholders gathered to mark the 30th anniversaries of DEC’s Hudson River Estuary Program and the NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program, as well as the 35th anniversary of the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve. The three anniversaries were recognized at the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve Conference in New York City. Continue reading

Woodstock Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial


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woodstock women voting 1918Gathering Woodstock Women: A Celebration of the New York State Women’s Suffrage Centennial, the first major exhibit recognizing many remarkable women from Woodstock’s past, opens at the Historical Society of Woodstock’s Eames House Museum on Friday, June 16 with a reception from 7 to 9 pm.

On Saturday, June 17 at noon, at the Eames House, Town historian Richard Heppner and Janine Fallon-Mower, co-authors of Legendary Locals of Woodstock, will speak on The Varying Roles of Women Throughout Woodstock History. The Museum is located at 20 Comeau Drive, Woodstock. Admission is free.

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Schenectady County Historical Hires Executive Director


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Mary ZawackiThe Board of Trustees of the Schenectady County Historical Society (SCHS) has announced the appointment of Mary Zawacki to the newly created position of Executive Director.

Creation of the role of Executive Director was a principal finding of the recent strategic assessment the Cooperstown Graduate Program in History conducted for the Society.

Mary Zawacki’s appointment follows a nationwide search. She joined the SCHS in 2014 as Curator.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and French from SUNY New Paltz and a Master of Arts in Cultural Heritage Studies from Newcastle University, United Kingdom. Continue reading