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Colonial New York City and Its Culture


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ben_franklins_worldIn this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, Joyce Goodfriend, a professor of history at the University of Denver and author of Who Should Rule at Home? Confronting the Elite in British New York City (Cornell University Press, 2017), helps us investigate how early New Yorkers established and negotiated the culture of their city between 1664 and 1776. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/185

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A Tumultuous History of Long Island Ducks Hockey


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Long Island DucksFrom 1959 to 1973, the Long Island Ducks brought their signature style of hockey to the Long Island Arena in Commack. Aggressive, hard-nosed, and always entertaining, they remain a point of local pride. They’ve also entered the popular culture. Paul Newman’s character in the 1977 movie Slap Shot was based on Duck’s captain John Brophy.

Chris Vaccaro, director of the Sufolk Sports Hall of Fame, relates the history of the Duck franchise within the context of the Eastern Hockey League and the sports cutlure of the time. As an added bonus, Connie Currie shares her own first-hand experiences attending Ducks games in the 1960s.   Continue reading

Thundersticks: Violent Transformation in Native America


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ben_franklins_worldIn this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, David J. Silverman, a professor of history at George Washington University and the author of Thundersticks: Firearms and the Violent Transformation of Native America (Harvard University Press, 2016), joins us for an exploration of Native America and the ways Native Americans used guns to shape their lives and the course of North American colonial and indigenous history.

You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/184

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Norm Bollen Talks 4th American Revolution Conference


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The Historians LogoThis week on The Historians podcast Norm Bollen of the Fort Plain Museum outlines the events of this year’s American Revolution Mohawk Valley Conference.

The fourth annual conference takes place from Thursday, June 7 through Sunday, June 10 at various locations including Fulton-Montomery Community College in Johnstown. There will be speakers, a bus tour, dinner and a genealogy day. Listen to the podcast here. Continue reading

Culper Ring: Washington’s Spy Letters


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long island history project logoThe Culper Spy Ring has taken hold of the public imagination in recent years. From the work of historian Alexander Rose to the AMC series Turn, this story of a tight-knit group of Long Island natives spying for George Washington during the Revolution provides a compelling narrative.

On the latest episode of the Long Island History Project, we take a closer look at the primary sources that help document the Culper story. Kristen Nyitray, Director of Special Collections and University Archives at Stony Brook University, and Chris Filstrup, former Dean of SBU Libraries, discuss their pursuit and acquisition of two letters by George Washington to Benjamin Tallmadge about the operations of the spy ring. We also discus how the letters helped form closer ties among community groups involved in interpreting and promoting this fascinating aspect of Long Island history. Continue reading