Adirondack Architectural Preservation Awards Announced


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the-restored-barn-at-nettle-meadow-farm-a-preservation-award-winnerAdirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH), the region’s historic preservation organization, will be presenting its Annual Preservation Awards on Monday, October 3 to eight projects that exemplify the preservation work being done in communities throughout the Adirondacks. These awards are meant to honor the best examples of sensitive restoration, rehabilitation, and demonstrated long-term stewardship by individuals, organizations, local governments and businesses. Continue reading

Custom Houses and the Making of the American State


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ben_franklins_worldCould customs collectors, the tax men of early America, be the unsung founders of the early United States?

In this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, we explore the creation of the United States customs service and its contributions to the establishment of the federal government with Gautham Rao, an Assistant Professor of History at American University and author of National Duties: Custom Houses and the Making of the American State (University of Chicago Press, 2016). You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/098

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Legendary North Country Athlete Big Bill Palmer


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P1A 1901PalmerHdlineLargely forgotten due to the passage of time, Fort Covington native William “Big Bill” Palmer is one of the most successful athletes ever born in the North Country. And yet the period during which he reached remarkable heights at two levels of the same sport lasted just over two years. Even more surprising is that he played on a team still recognized today as legendary in the world of college athletics.

Born in 1875 to William and Catherine Palmer on a Fort Covington farm in northern Franklin County, New York, Bill displayed unusual athletic ability at a young age. At fairs, Fourth of July celebrations, and Field Days, his name was always prominent among those participating in sporting events. Continue reading

‘Votes for Women’ Reading, Discussion Program In Canton


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alice riggs hunt 1915The New York Council for the Humanities has joined forces with the St. Lawrence County Historical Association to offer “Votes for Women”, a monthly reading and discussion series that runs from September 10th thru December 17th.

At the St. Lawrence County Historical Association, participants will come together over the course of six sessions to discuss a variety of thematically linked texts with Dr. Melissane Parm Schrems, Associate Professor of History and Coordinator of Native American Studies at St. Lawrence University.

Participants in “Votes for Women” will explore the history of the women’s suffrage movement in our state and nation and discuss women’s – and by extension, our society’s – past, present, and future. The readings in this series include both fiction and non-fiction accounts selected by Dr. Schrems. Continue reading

Sec. Jewell Celebrates Park Service Centennial In Hudson Valley


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National Park Service Roundtable - the next 100 yearsHow can we be more inclusive and engage future generations to be passionate advocates of historic sites and parks? That was the question at a recent gathering of national and state preservationists at Bear Mountain State Park in late August.

The National Park Service (NPS) is celebrating its centennial this year. With record breaking visitation, it is also mindful that more must be done to inspire new audiences and stewards in the next 100 years. As part of that planning, U. S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell started off on a nationwide tour of NPS sites beginning with a historic first time visit to New York’s Hudson Valley. Continue reading

Two Adirondack Antiquing Adventures Sept 14-18


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Exquisite displays abound at the Adirondack Museum’s Antiques Show and SaleDealers in high quality antiques from across the country are converging in the Adirondack wilderness for two events, the Adirondack Mountains Antiques Show in Indian Lake, held Wednesday, Sept. 14, through Sunday, Sept. 18, and the Adirondack Museum Antiques Show and Sale, held Saturday, Sept. 17, and Sunday, Sept. 18. More than 100 dealers are expected to exhibit at two shows, held in the two mountain hamlets about 11 miles apart.

They’re expected to bring with them high-quality art, antiques, collectibles and other vintage items — much of it curated with a rustic Adirondack sensibility — including camp, cottage, Mission, and Old Hickory furniture; rare books; vintage boats; antique sporting goods; taxidermy; quilts; historical fine art and folk art; militaria; oriental rugs; Native American jewelry and artifacts; and much more. Continue reading