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In 1960s Sayville, Long Island, no woman editor had ever run the hometown paper.
Then Mary Lou Cohalan and her friend Joann O’Doherty took over the Suffolk County News.
What followed was a crash course in journalism, politics, and crisis management set against the Vietnam War and the rapidly expanding suburbs in the town of Islip. Continue reading
Author Russell Shorto is set to speak at the Brentwood Public Library, on Long Island, about his new book Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom, on Sunday, April 15th.
The book explores the lives of six historical figures, including Cornplanter, the Seneca Indian warrior; Venture Smith who freed himself and his family from slavery; and Margaret Moncrieffe Coghlan, a rebellious young woman who abandoned her abusive husband.
They are all linked by their connections to George Washington. Continue reading
On April 5, while doing research, I took a lunch-break and picked up a copy of the Columbia Daily Spectator, the Columbia University undergraduate newspaper. In reading the paper, I came across several articles directly related to history and the current culture wars.
Since I have a sample of only one newspaper, I can’t determine if the contents were typical of the campus news coverage, if it was just a chance day, or some combination of both. In any event, my lunch time reading turned into a fascinating glimpse into the front-lines of the culture war. Read about it here: History at Columbia University: Report from a Battle Front in the Culture Wars
A three day conference on the history of women in the Mohawk Valley has been set for May 18-20 in Utica.
Women in the Mohawk Valley: A History Conference is aimed to highlight the role of women in local history and promote women’s issues in the greater Mohawk Valley. Women have made significant contributions to history at national, state, and county level. Acknowledgment and celebration of women’s roles in history has risen, but remains slim at the local level. Continue reading
In this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, Kate Elizabeth Brown, an Assistant Professor of History and Political Science at Huntington University in Indiana and author of Alexander Hamilton and the Development of American Law (Kansas Press, 2017), joins us to explore more about the Alexander Hamilton we don’t know, the Hamilton who helped develop American law. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/180
Victoria Johnson’s new book American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garen of the Early Republic (Liveright, 2018) is the untold story of Alexander Hamilton’s ― and Aaron Burr’s ― personal physician, whose dream to build America’s first botanical garden inspired the young Republic.
When Dr. David Hosack tilled what is believed to one of the country’s first botanical gardens in the Manhattan soil more than two hundred years ago, he didn’t just dramatically alter the New York landscape; he left a legacy of advocacy for public health and wide-ranging support for the sciences. Continue reading
A conference on Black History in the Hudson Valley has been set for Saturday, July 14th, from 9 am to 5:30 pm, in Kingston.
Hosted by the Hudson River Maritime Museum and The Library at the A.J. Williams-Myers African Roots Center, the focus of this conference is the history of Black and African-American residents in the Hudson Valley, including communities and work along the canals and tributaries of the Hudson River. Continue reading
The second edition of Chuck D’Imperio’s 2006 guide to unusual upstate graves has been published as Graves of Upstate New York: A Guide to 100 Notable Resting Places, Second Edition (Syracuse University Press, 2018).
The book looks at the lives (and deaths) of 100 legendary Americans laid to rest in Upstate New York. Continue reading
The Wilmington Historical Society in Essex County, NY, has announced the purchase of a 1.91 acre parcel of land on Route 86 in Wilmington as part of a plan to construct a new home for the Society.