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Historic Amsterdam League Trolley Talk July 19th


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25 at East MainOn 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

Remembering the Broadcasters of Amsterdam, NY


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The Historians LogoThis 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.

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Inspiration for Historic Painting ‘Christina’s World’


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The Historians LogoThis week on The Historians Podcast, Christina Baker Kline discusses her historical novel A Piece of the World.  The book deals with artist Andrew Wyeth and Christina Olson, a disabled woman from Maine pictured
in Wyeth’s provocative 1948 painting, “Christina’s World.”  Kline was author of the best-selling historical novel, Orphan Train. Also on this episode, Bob Cudmore and Dave Greene tell the life story of Amsterdam, NY artist Mary Van Der Veer.

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