On Tuesday, September 26th, Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site will host researcher Ken D. Johnson who will deliver his presentation, “Indiana Jones and Fort Plank: The Cleaner Side of Archaeology.”
The program takes the audience along with Ken on a search for the fortress in which his ancestors served during the American Revolution. From this fort, one of them was taken prisoner on August 2, 1780, and their father and sister were killed. His program also presents to the audience the first step in locating a site for a possible historical dig. Continue reading
Internationally known deaf performance artist Peter Cook will be at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site on Sunday, August 13 at 6 pm.
His performance entitled, “A Feast for Your Eyes: ASL Storytelling” will take place outdoors in front of the Schoharie Crossing Visitor Center, or indoors in case of rain. The event is free.
Peter Cook is an artist whose work incorporates American Sign Language, pantomime, storytelling, acting and movement. He performs with his entire body using sign language as an interpreter translates into English. Continue reading
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site will host Sara Evenson as she presents, “Road Food in Early America: What Travelers Ate Before Fast Food” on November 15th. Continue reading
The Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site Visitor Center in Fort Hunter, Montgomery County is open the 2016 season. Hours at the Visitor Center are 10 am – 5 pm Wednesday through Saturday and Sundays 1 pm -5 pm from May until October 31st.
Visit the site to witness the engineering marvel of the Erie Canal and check out the “Little Short of Madness” exhibit as well as artifacts from the colonial Fort Hunter and the Lower Castle Mohawk Village. Schoharie Crossing is the best place to witness Erie Canal history and enjoy a day walking the towpath trails, kayaking the creek or cycling the Canalway trail. Continue reading
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site is hosting its annual Winter Writing Contest.
The contest organizers are asking for poems written by children as well as adults. Local judges will read, review and select winners for each of the three categories: Child (up to 12 years old), Young Adult (13-17), and Adult (18 and up). Continue reading
Frank Taormina, retired social studies teacher and lecturer at Union College will be giving a talk on the history of the Erie Canal. The contemporary Erie Canal has been much in the news lately. The Erie Canal played a significant role in the history of New York and the nation and helped make the “Empire State”.
The original Erie Canal ran about 363 miles from Albany to Buffalo (the Hudson River to Lake Erie) creating a water route from New York City and the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes. The canal helped the City of New York eclipse Philadelphia as North America’s largest city and port. Continue reading
If you visit Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site in Fort Hunter, you will be following in the footsteps of Marquis de Lafayette, who visited by canal boat in 1825.
A French aristocrat, Lafayette fought with George Washington’s army during the American Revolution. At some point while in America the Frenchman visited Johnstown and was entertained by the families of Jacob and Thomas Sammons, who leased the former Johnson Hall for four years after the Loyalist Johnson family fled to Canada. Lafayette played a key role in the British defeat at Yorktown, Virginia in 1781. Continue reading
This week “The Historians” podcast features David Brooks from Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site in Fort Hunter with stories from an 1869 journal kept by a Fort Hunter man. David wrote a post on the journal that appeared here on New York History Blog. Listen at “The Historians” online archive at http://www.bobcudmore.com/thehistorians/
In 1988, a small leather-bound diary was bequeathed to Schoharie Crossing State Historic site by Clarke Blair, who received it from Gertrude Ruck – a descendent of Michael Brown. Brown was one of the brothers that owned and operated the Brown Cash Store located at Lock 30 in Fort Hunter, NY from the mid-19th to early 20th century.
The diarist is unknown – nonetheless, it is obviously a personal journal of a Fort Hunter resident, and references to notable local families, places and events of 1869 fill its yellowed pages. Continue reading
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site will celebrate the 189th Birthday of the Erie Canal at its annual Birthday Bash on Sunday, October 26th from 1 to 5 pm. This year will feature rides from Run by Dogs Dogsledding, a pie raffle, and a beard contest, as well as local farmers showcasing their products, a pumpkin decorating contest, cider tasting, and music. Free walking tours will be available at 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm.
Schoharie Crossing will also be exhibiting a cannon used to announce the opening of the canal in 1825 that has been loaned by the Fulton County Historical Society’s Fulton County Museum for this occasion. Continue reading