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Festivals, Fairs On Path Through History Weekends


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octagon house of camillusEvent registration for the June Path Through History Weekend is now underway. Festivals and Fairs will be held around the state on June 17-18.

A Father’s Day Strawberry Festival will be held at the Octagon House of Camillus June 18, 2017 from noon to 4 pm. Enjoy a strawberry shortcake on the lawn of the 1856 Octagon House, which will also be open for free tours. Fathers are treated to a free shortcake when accompanied by children. The Wilcox Octagon House is accessible from the subbasement to the cupola where you will have a view of Camillus. $4 buys you a slice of pound cake, berries, vanilla ice cream and whipped cream. Continue reading

Path Through History Weekends Walking Tours


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Fenton History CenterEvent registration for the June Path Through History Weekend is now underway. Walking Tours will be held around the state on June 17-18.

The Lakeview Loop Walking Tour sponsored by the Fenton History Center will take place in Jamestown on June 17, 2017. The Lakeview Loop tour is an informative mixture of architecture and history, with a number of significant northside homes and families featured. Guides will weave the historical development of the Lakeview and Prendergast Avenue area into the present-day fabric of structures and streetscapes found along one of Jamestown’s prominenet residential neighborhoods. The tour is approximately 2 hours long and starts and finishes at the Lake View Cemetery office. (Corner of Lakeview Ave. & Buffalo St.) 10 am to Noon, admission is $10 each or $5 for Fenton History Center members. Continue reading

Bruce Dearstyne: The New York Statehood Trail


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1777 New York State ConstitutionAs discussed in a previous post on this New York History Blog, the state’s historical community might want to consider organizing an effort to commemorate New York State’s Birthday.

We could use April 20, the date the first State Constitution was completed in Kingston in 1777, or April 22, the date it was first read and officially proclaimed, bringing the new state into existence. This would give us an opportunity each year not only to review New York State’s historical origins, but also to call public attention to various aspects of the state’s 240+ years of history.

We might want to consider designating a historical driving trail, a good fit for the I Love New York’s heritage tourism “Path Through History” program, perhaps calling it the New York Statehood Trail. “Path Through History” has its own list of Revolutionary War sites. Continue reading

Recent Lower Hudson Valley History Meeting Highlights


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hudson valleyIn recent weeks I have had the opportunity to attend and participate in three regional and county history community meetings. These included the annual meeting of the Greater Hudson Heritage Network; a meeting of Region 3 (mainly the Hudson Valley) of the Association of Public Historians in New York State (APHNYS); and the Sullivan County History Conference

These three meetings provided opportunities to meet with colleagues, discuss important issues, and learn what’s happening. What follows are some highlights from those meetings. Continue reading

NY State History Month: Another View


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New York State History MonthNovember is New York State History Month. The goal of this initiative certainly is a worthy one. Naturally as historians, a primary source document such as a press release invites a close reading of the text. That’s what historians do and government publications are not exempt from such scrutiny. The exercise is quite productive and one can learn a lot from doing it.
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New ‘Path Through History’ Website Launched


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Andrew Cuomo Path Through historyA announcement sent to the media says that Governor Andrew Cuomo has introduced a new Path Through History website in celebration of New York State History Month.

“The new website features streamlined visuals and user-friendly navigation to help travelers map visits to sites across the state using 13 unique themes that explore New York’s rich cultural and natural history,” the announcement said. Continue reading