This week on The Historians Podcast, Jerry Snyder of Historic Amsterdam League discusses the group’s Amsterdam Icons Calendar for 2018 which focuses on city history in 1918 — the Great War, the influenza epidemic, the temperance movement and more.
This week on The Historians Podcast, Dan Weaver says a 1768 letter to colonial leader Sir William Johnson casts doubt on the claim by some historians that Ben Franklin invented bifocal eyeglasses. Weaver is history columnist for the Amsterdam NY Recorder, president of Historic Amsterdam League and a trustee of Old Fort Johnson, one of Sir William’s homes.
This week on The Historians Podcast, Bob Cudmore and Dave Greene discuss heavyweight champion boxer Gene Tunney who trained for his 1920s fights in Speculator in the Adirondacks. They also discuss memories of Amsterdam, NY, provided by city native Fred Wojcicki.
This week on The Historians Podcast, Bob Cudmore and Dave Greene discuss an exclusive hunting and fishing club that existed for most of the twentieth century in western Quebec province in Canada. Many of the club members were from New York State and Amsterdam, NY, native Tom Pikul contributed anecdotes for the story.
This week on The Historians Podcast, Amsterdam NY city historian Robert von Hasseln, a retired U,S, Army lieutenant colonel, discusses the history of the Order of the Purple Heart and other military topics. He also has an update on a study of a former carpet mill power house in Amsterdam.
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This week on “The Historians” podcast, Jerry Snyder looks at the history of electric trolleys in Amsterdam, NY, including a progress report on a vintage trolley car restoration project. Snyder recently spoke to an overflow crowd on the topic at a meeting of Historic Amsterdam League, an organization he co-founded.
On Wednesday July 19th the Historic Amsterdam League will sponsor a presentation by League trustee Jerry Snyder on the history and development of the city’s street railway system from its inception as a 1½ mile horse car railroad to its final days as part of one of the largest electric railroads in the region, stretching from Gloversville to Schenectady.
Amsterdam’s first streetcar rolled down the tracks of East Main Street on July 22nd, 1873; its last followed the same route in the early morning hours of June 29th, 1938, passing into history and for the most part, oblivion. Continue reading
This week on “The Historians” podcast, Bob Cudmore and Dave Greene discuss two of Bob’s Daily Gazette columns — one on Amsterdam, NY, opera singer Albert Sochin DaCosta and the other on late 19th century folk artist Kris Vogt, a homeless man who made sketches of the homes of others.
This week on “The Historians” podcast, Bob Cudmore provides his Top Ten List of Amsterdam, NY, broadcasters. Dave Greene is co-host. One local native became a top ABC television correspondent who died in a helicopter crash on his way to cover a strike in Minnesota. Another Amsterdam native was part of Boston’s favorite TV anchor team for thirty years.