On Saturday, March 3rd at 12:30 pm, Norm Dann will describe and sign his new book Peter Smith of Peterboro: Furs, Land, and Anguish at the Smithfield Community Center in Peterboro, Madison County, NY.
In the preface of his new book, Dann hypothesizes why there has not been a published biography. Also in the preface Dann explains that his intent of this work is to focus, not so much on what Smith did, but to examine the kind of person that Smith was and how that influenced what he did. Investigating Smith in this way presents him as a tragic figure in the classical sense. Continue reading
Don Wickman, Director of the Kent-Delord House Museum in Plattsburgh will lead the program “Lake Champlain: A Visual and Historical Narrative” on Thursday, February 22nd at the Lake Champlain Basin Program office in Grand Isle VT. Continue reading
The St. Lawrence County Historical Association is offering a low cost chair-caning workshop on three consecutive Wednesday evenings, March 7, 14, and 21 from 7-9 pm. Carl Stickney, instructor for the workshop, has decades of experience in chair caning.
Participants in the workshop should bring a chair with the old caning removed. The appropriate chair, which will take a caned seat, has holes around the inner edge of the opening in the chair seat frame. These holes are also visible from the underside of the chair. It is expected that participants will be able to complete the caning of one chair during the course of the workshop. Continue reading
Sometimes, I think there would be less interest in fiction, if we only knew more local history. Perhaps I have just been spoiled by the stories that keep bubbling up — as if emanating from the floorboards — in one 1868 house in Newburgh, New York.
Prior owners called it The Fullerton Mansion, although it’s somewhat undersized for a mansion and the original owner, the once-famous trial lawyer Judge Fullerton, is long forgotten. (The same goes for his composer son; see “Lost Newburgh Composer Willie Fullerton”, New York History Blog, June 20, 2017.)
Even less known are the Cathcarts, who owned the house from the first decade of the 20th Century until the depths of the Great Depression. Continue reading
The Pennsylvania Historical Association have announced they are now accepting proposals for its 2018 annual meeting to be held in Lancaster, PA from October 11-13.
The program committee welcomes and encourages proposals on all aspects of Pennsylvania and Mid-Atlantic history. Continue reading
The Palatine Settlement Society’s 13th Annual Antique Show inside the Great Hall at the Arkell Museum is set for Saturday, March 3rd from 10 am to 4 pm. All proceeds will go directly to the restoration and continued preservation of the historic 1747 Nellis Tavern.
This show offers a range of antiques and collectibles from over two dozen dealers who will be exhibiting and selling items such as furniture, quilts, books, tools, postcards, paintings, toys, china, jewelry and more. Continue reading
Author Eileen McGough is set to give a talk on Diarmuid Lynch: A Forgotten Irish Patriot, on Wednesday, February 28th, at 6:30 pm at the American Irish Historical Society.
Diarmuid (Jeremiah) Lynch, a native of Tracton, was at the heart of the 1916 Easter Rising.
A lecture on the history of Foley Square in New York City is set for February 27th, at 6:30 pm at the NYC Bar Association (42 W. 44th St. NYC).
“History of Foley Square: New York Legal Landmarks & Civic Reform” will feature speakers who will discuss how Foley Square came to be surrounded by State and Federal courthouses and other buildings. Continue reading
This week on The Historians Podcast, Peter Betz, history columnist for the Leader Herald newspaper in Gloversville, has stories on the local impact of the 1918 influenza pandemic, some notorious Fulton County jail escapes, and the Airship Gelatin, funded by Johnstown’s Knox family.
Listen to the podcast here. Continue reading
A lecture on the E.H Harriman’s incline railroad has been scheduled for February 18th, 2018 from 2 to 3 pm at the Tuxedo Historical Society. Continue reading