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Historians Podcast: Blighted Buildings Could Be Useful


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The Historians LogoThis week on The Historians podcast, Bob Cudmore and Dave Greene discuss a proposal to use blighted city buildings as a resource for new construction.

The idea was recently brought up in a letter to the editor by retired Montgomery County historian Jacqueline Mujrphy. Plus stories about World War II and the biography of Mary Van der Veer, an Amsterdam, NY, artist.

Listen to the podcast here. Continue reading

Aerosciences Museum Fly-In Breakfast Lecture Feb 17th


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Grumman F-14 Tomcat The Empire State Aerosciences Museum will be hosting its monthly all you can eat breakfast on Saturday, February 17 from 8:30 to 10:30 am at 250 Rudy Chase Drive, in Glenville, NY.

Glenville resident Larry Lewis, author of Sadie’s Boys will tell the World War II story of his Grandmother Sadie’s efforts to get her two missing sons back from War: his uncle Ben, a B-17 navigator taken prisoner in Germany, and his father Charlie, an infantryman who was declared missing in action over New Guinea. Mr. Lewis will be selling and signing copies of his book. Continue reading

Beacon Lecture On World War II’s ‘Captain Dixie’


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the indestructible man bookThe Beacon Sloop Club’s 2018 winter lecture series is planned to begin on Thursday January 11th at 7 pm with The Indestructible Man-The True Story of a World War II Hero “Captain Dixie” by Author David Rocco, at the Beacon Sloop Clubhouse, 2 Flynn Drive, in Beacon, NY.

The Indestructible Man is the story of Navy officer Dixie Kiefer, who was an instrumental player in major battles in World War II. Kiefer was the executive officer on the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown at both the Battle of the Coral Sea and Battle of Midway. He was the last man off Yorktown before she sank at Midway. Continue reading

Peekskill: Lincoln’s Other War: WWII Lincoln Propaganda


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brian sheeThe Lincoln Depot Museum will continue their Fall Lecture Series on Saturday, October 28th, from 1 to 4 pm with noted scholar and author Brian Snee.

Brian Snee will discuss how Lincoln was re-born to support the World War Two effort, anti-isolationism and sell war bonds.

Culled from Brian’s forth coming book The Lincoln Blitz, Mr. Snee will explore how Hollywood’s use of Lincoln’s image in WWII pro-war propaganda films helped bring about Victory. Continue reading

State Library Exhibit Marks 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor


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fran-mccawThe New York State Library commemorates the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor with an exhibit on the 7th floor, the centerpiece of which is a small but interesting collection of papers left by one Private First Class/later Sergeant Archibald Francis McCaw, who preferred to be known as Fran.

From the memo section of Private McCaw’s small five-year diary, it is learned that after basic training he left Brooklyn Army Base for Honolulu, Hawaii aboard the troop transport Republic, arriving on 9/13/1939. He was assigned to Company C of the 35th US Infantry, Schofield Barracks. “It was sure great to begin my time and get it over in a hurry.” Little did he know. Continue reading