Irish Fenians In The North Country


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fenian meetingToday we would label them a “paramilitary organization.” In the years immediately following the American Civil War, life in the Adirondacks was briefly interrupted by the Fenians, also known as the Fenian Brotherhood.

The Fenian Brotherhood was an Irish Republican organization founded in New York in 1858 by John O’Mahoney. Their name is derived from legends about ancient Irish warriors called the Fianna.

Their goal was an Irish Republic free of British rule. Continue reading

Harvard University & Colonial North America


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ben_franklins_worldWhat can the collections of the Harvard University Libraries teach us about our early American past?

It turns out, quite a lot.

In this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, Taylor Stoermer, a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, takes us through the Harvard Libraries’ new digital and free-to-use history archive: the Colonial North American Project. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/093

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18th Century Fashion Show at Knox’s Headquarters


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Tiffanie Downs, from Pine Bush, portraying an upper class lady in her silk gown (provided).On Saturday, August 13th from 5 to 7 pm, Knox’s Headquarters presents a fashion show of 18th century civilian and military clothing.

Visitors will see elegant ladies gowns of silk, gentlemen officer wear and the patched and worn garments of the lesser sort. Learn who would have worn the clothing, why it is constructed in that manner, and what function it served. Accompanying the clothing display will be a power point demonstration and narrator describing the portraits and research behind the gowns. Staff members of the New Windsor Cantonment and Knox’s Headquarters State Historic Sites have painstakingly researched and constructed by hand reproductions of period clothing. Continue reading

Saratoga Battlefield To Eliminate Entrance Fees


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Saratoga Battlefield and Hudson RiverBeginning November 1, 2016, Saratoga National Historical Park will no longer charge entrance fees for visiting the park.

After analyzing the costs and benefits of the recreational fee program, park leadership determined that it is in the best interest of both Saratoga NHP and the public to eliminate entrance charges according to a press release sent to the media. The current entrance fees for vehicles ($5), pedestrians and cyclists ($3), and the park annual pass ($10) will remain in place until November 1. Continue reading

Annual Champlain Canalway Bike Tour Sunday


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canalway trailThe 5th annual Champlain Canalway Trail Bicycle Tour, a one-day exploration of historic sites along the Hudson River/ Champlain Canal corridor, will take place on Sunday, August 14.

In honor of the National Park Service Centennial and Canal Splash, this year’s tour will begin at Hudson Crossing Park near Lock 5 just north of Schuylerville. It will then proceed through villages and country-sides to Saratoga National Historical Park, with stops at selected significant historical landmarks related to the Revolutionary War campaign of 1777.

Expert historians at each stop will introduce cyclists to local historical events that led to the Battles of Saratoga and changed the course of the war. Continue reading

A New Phase For New York’s Historical Enterprise?


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Cultural Education Center State Museum ArchivesThere is encouraging evidence that we may be moving toward a turning point for New York’s historical enterprise.

During the last several months:

The Education Department made the State Historian an independent, full-time position. This is unlike the previous situation, where the State Historian, Bob Weible, also served as Chief History Curator of the State Museum. In effect, that was two jobs rolled into one. The curatorial work left little time for the state history work. Creating a new, dedicated position required approval of the Director of the State Museum, the Commissioner of Education and the Division of the Budget. Those are positive signs of interest and support. Continue reading

Crown Point Encampment and Battle Reenactment


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British Landing photo courtesy of NYS ParksCrown Point State Historic Site will host its annual French and Indian War Encampment on August 13 and 14, 2016. This is the largest event of the year at the site and features authentically clad French, British, and Native American participants camped among the fort ruins. Guests to the camp are able to interact with the participants portraying various people of Crown Point’s past and also have the opportunity to purchase some of the 18th century wares produced and exhibited by artisans and merchants. Continue reading

Jay O’Hern’s New Book On Adirondack Logging


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adirondack logging book coverJay O’Hearn’s new book, Adirondack Logging: Life and Time in the Early Years of Logging’s Mechanization (Versa Press 2016) portrays the timber-logging lives of lumberjacks in the “Glory Years” following the introduction of Linn log hauling tractors.

The book includes interviews with loggers, remembrances of lumber camp life, accounts of river drives, the passing of old-style logging with horses, remembrances of yesterday’s lumberjacks, and stories that accompany appetizing recipes.

Rare photographic images capture the scenes once common around lumber camps, centers of the logging industry built exclusively for the lumberjacks. Continue reading