To commemorate the centennial year of the ending or World War I, Staatsburgh State Historic Site will offer a tour, “World War I and the End of the Gilded Age” on Saturday, February 24 at 1 pm.
The tour will last 90 minutes, and will include the unrestored servants’ area in the basement of the mansion, an area that is not shown on regular tours of Staatsburgh. Continue reading
Sackets Harbor’s military story spans two centuries. After the War of 1812, the Army set up their post Madison Barracks, so since then, US military conflicts through World War II had some connection to Sackets Harbor.
Thousands of soldiers called Madison Barracks home during its 130-year history. But what do we know of the soldier’s spouses?
One of the most well-known brides, Julia Dent Grant, joined her young husband Ulysses S., taking up residence in the Stone Row quarters shortly after their marriage in 1848. She wrote fondly of her time at the Northern New York army post. Continue reading
Everyday several thousand cars traveling north and south on Ossining’s Rt. 9 pass a white frame two-story building that is the home of American Legion Post 506 that also bears the name, Edmond C.C. Genet.
It’s a safe bet to say that most of the drivers and even the pedestrians who pass the building ever give a second thought to this modest structure. Even fewer know of the wartime exploits of Edmund Charles Clinton Genet and his ancestors, whose service to the United States goes back for five generations.
Genet was the great great grandson of Edmond-Charles Genet, also known as Citizen Genet, the French Ambassador to the United States shortly before the French Revolution. He is historically remembered for being the cause of an international incident known as the Citizen Genet Affair. Continue reading
This past year marked the 100th anniversary of America’s entrance into World War I, on April 6, 1917. What was hoped to be the “war to end all wars” turned out to be nothing of the sort, and stands instead as one of the great disasters of the 20th century, remembered mostly for the senseless and utter wasting of millions of young lives and the high idealism of those so wasted.
Prominent families in the Hudson Valley were not spared. Before the days of college deferments, smoking but not inhaling, and that sanctuary known as the Texas Air National Guard, the sons and daughters of elite families didn’t just talk the talk but actually walked the walk of service to higher ideals by responding to the twin calls of patriotism and the fight against tyranny. Sons drove ambulances, fought with the French, and, when the time came, enlisted in our own armed forces. Daughters went to France to act as nurses or work in relief organizations. Being away from the fighting, the daughters returned. But not all the sons. Continue reading
Orange County Historian Johanna Yaun will host a trip to Belgium and France next year to honor the 40 Orange County residents who died on the same day in 1918 during the Battle of the Hindenburg Line.
The trip will take place from September 24th through October 2nd, 2018 and will explore locations that served as notable backdrops during World War I. Continue reading
A companion catalog to the New York State Museum exhibition of the same name, Aaron Noble’s new book A Spirit of Sacrifice: New York State in the First World War (SUNY Press, 2017) documents the statewide story of New York in World War I through the collections of the New York State Museum, Library, and Archives.
Within the collections are the nearly 3,600 posters of the Benjamin W. Arnold World War I Poster Collection at the New York State Library. The book interweaves the story of New York in the Great War with some of these posters, and artifacts from museums, libraries, and historical societies from across New York State, to illuminate the involvement of New Yorkers in the War. Continue reading
The Ticonderoga Historical Society has invited the public to a free program focusing on the Postal Service in World War One, on Friday, November 3 at 7 pm. Featured speaker will be Glenn Estus, President of the Vermont Philatelic Society.
As part of the overall support for U.S. Entry into World War One, The United States Post Office Department participated in efforts to help raise funds. One method included cancelling mail with slogans that encouraged Americans to buy Liberty Loans. The United States was not alone in this effort, and this program will also show how allied nations such as Canada, Newfoundland, UK, New Zealand, and Australia undertook similar programs. Continue reading
The Columbia County Historical Society will honor the 100th anniversary of the United States entering the First World War with a special exhibition focusing on WWI’s profound impact on industry and culture in Columbia County – Supreme Sacrifice: Columbia County in World War I. The exhibition will open to the public and commence with a celebratory wine and cocktail reception, on Saturday, October 21 from 4 to 6 pm at the CCHS Museum Gallery in Kinderhook.
Supreme Sacrifice: Columbia County in World War I explores experiences of County citizens both home and abroad, and investigates larger cultural and economical ramifications caused by the Great War on local life. More than 8,300 men and women from Columbia County registered to serve in some capacity during WWI, with over 1,100 seeing active service abroad, and among which there were at least 95 casualties. Continue reading
He was undoubtedly the first victim of the first World War whose name I learned. As a freshman at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, I would lower my stress levels by walking. I traipsed around the expansive campus, but I’d also venture onto city streets. I discovered that near the stately Llenroc mansion (built to be the home of Cornell founder, Ezra Cornell – though he never lived there), there was an impressive stone staircase, with a large terrace that was a perfect spot for looking down on “the bustling town” (as the Cornell anthem calls the city). A plaque identified the structure as a memorial for Morgan Smiley Baldwin, a 1915 graduate of Cornell, whose body lay “where he fell at Boni-France, September 29th, 1918.”
For years, this was what I knew about Baldwin. I assumed – as probably others have – that “Smiley” was a nickname, but it turns out it was his given middle name (his mother’s maiden name was Smiley). I did learn that the stairway had been erected by his aggrieved father. We are in the midst of the centennial of the “Great War,” and I decided to take a fresh look at Baldwin’s story. Continue reading
July, 2017 is 100th anniversary of the first U.S. forces sent overseas to fight in World War I.
The Time and the Valleys Museum in Grahamsville, Sullivan County will be hosting a weekend of educational programming and exhibit on July 8th and 9th. Continue reading