In commemoration of the Centennial of the birth of President John F. Kennedy and his early life in Westchester County, a lecture and picture program Growing Up Kennedy in Westchester: The Bronxville Years (1929-1941) will be presented by author/historian Anthony Czarnecki on Saturday, May 13th, at 2 pm, at Cortlandt Town Hall, 1 Heady Street, Cortlandt Manor.
Open free to the public, the program is jointly sponsored by the Van Cortlandtville Historical Society, Croton Friends of History, and Yorktown Historical Society. Continue reading
The Board of Trustees at Munson-Williams Proctor Arts Institute have announced that Museum of Art Director and Chief Curator Anna Tobin D’Ambrosio has been appointed President and CEO, effective in early August. D’Ambrosio succeeds Anthony Spiridigloizzi, who announced his retirement earlier this year. Continue reading
The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and the New York State Canal Corporation have teamed up to sponsor 27 festivals and events in 2017 to showcase the Canalway Corridor’s nationally significant heritage and the tremendous recreational appeal of the waterway and Canalway Trail today. Events include cycling and paddling tours, canal festivals, and concerts on the waterfront.
The canal system is scheduled to open May 19, weather permitting, with an opening ceremony to take place at Lock 2 in Waterford at 10 am. Continue reading
When we explore the history of early America, we often look at people who lived and the events that took place in North America. But what about the people who lived and worked in European metropoles?
What about Native Americans?
In this episode of Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History, we explore early American history through a slightly different lens, a lens that allows us to see interactions that occurred between Native American peoples and English men and women who lived in London. Our guide for this exploration is Coll Thrush, an Associate Professor of History at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver and author of Indigenous London: Native Travelers at the Heart of the Empire (Yale University Press, 2016). You can listen to the episode here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/132
On Thursday, May 11, 2017 from 6 to 7 pm the Albany Institute of History & Art will host artist Renée Ridgway and archaeologist Paul Huey for a discussion about the discovery of wampum production in Albany’s first almshouse.
This lecture complements the current exhibition Wampum World: An Art Installation by Renée Ridgway, on view at the Albany Institute through June 18, 2017. Continue reading
The corporate team Kärcher, that cleaned Mt. Rushmore, the Seattle Space Needle and The London Eye, recently visited to Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn to give some of its famous monuments and mausoleums a special makeover.
Using cutting-edge and eco-friendly technology, cultural restoration expert Thorsten Moewes, of Kärcher, a manufacturer of cleaning equipment, removed centuries of dirt and grime from three Green-Wood landmarks free of charge: the Niblo Mausoleum (1851), the Miller Mausoleum (ca. 1870) and the Charlotte Canda Memorial (1845). Following the cleaning, a HDS 13/20 hot water pressure washer was donated to Green-Wood. Continue reading
Willowbank has announced its Stone Conservation Field School at Sainte-Marie Among The Hurons National Historic Site (SMATH). This intensive three week summer school will be held from June 10th to June 30th, 2017.
This opportunity immerses participants in the ongoing conservation of Ontario’s first European masonry structures – a set of hearths dating from 1639 used by the Jesuit missionaries who settled and lived among the Huron/Wendat peoples. The hearths sit amongst the reconstructed and reimagined structures of a 17th century mission, which serves to interpret this early contact history. Continue reading
Humanities NY awarded the Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site a “Reading and Discussion” grant titled “Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the Civil War.” Humanities NY hopes this Civil War themed series will encourage casual discussions among participants, thus enriching an understanding of the war’s military and cultural impact on the nation. Continue reading
Fire! … Please send help — there’s been a car accident! … We found our son in the pool … please help us! … We need an ambulance … I think my husband’s having a heart attack! … My wife can’t breathe and she’s turning blue! Many of us have experienced terrifying moments like those at one time or another. In modern times, amazingly quick responses are the norm from fire and EMS personnel directed by information received at county emergency service centers.
Until several decades ago, those positions were nearly all filled by men. But for much of the twentieth century, most rural areas lacked coordination of services. A vital cog in emergency situations back then was the local switchboard operator, who was nearly always a woman. In almost every instance where policemen and/or firemen were needed, the telephone operator was key to obtaining a good outcome. She was the de facto emergency services coordinator of yesteryear.
Her importance during times of crisis was often overlooked, with most of the glory going to policemen and firemen capturing criminals, rescuing victims, and saving lives. But emergency personnel and telephone-company executives were aware of the vital role operators played on a daily basis. Continue reading
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has acquired 17 acres of woodland in the historic maritime hamlet of Setauket. The property will be added to Patriots Hollow State Forest.
The property, the former Fitzsimmons Farm, is located in the Old Setauket Historic District within the watershed of the Long Island Sound. Its protection is cited in the 2016 Open Space Conservation Plan, released by Governor Andrew Cuomo in December, as a priority acquisition for protection of the Long Island Sound Watershed. The $3,400,000 purchase was paid for with funds from the state’s Environmental Protection Fund (EPF). Continue reading