The Columbia County Historical Society (CCHS) has announced two new exhibitions at the James Vanderpoel ‘House of History,’ located within the historic Village of Kinderhook. Continue reading
Because I teach urban history, immigration history, and in particular New York history, I often have students inquire about the merits of Martin Scorsese’s 2002 film “Gangs of New York.”
Here are a few observations about the movie and about New York history. Continue reading
Tickets are now available for the Civil War Weekend, a fundraiser for The Friends of the Ulysses S. Grant Cottage, which will be held on August 11 and 12 at D.A. Collins’ Ballard Road property in Wilton.
This official bicentennial celebration event of the Town of Wilton will include dozens of Civil War era reenactors. Camp life, infantry, artillery, cavalry drills, battles, and firing demonstrations will bring the period to life. The Iron Jacks, 77th NY Regimental Balladeers, and Veterans in the New Field will provide musical performances during the weekend. Children’s activities, book signings, military artifact displays, food and vendors will offer a weekend full of learning for all ages. Continue reading
In the school district of the Village of Port Chester, where I live, a teacher offered an extra-credit option to create a fugitive slave advertisement. It created quite a stir, so I wrote about the reaction here.
Illustration: An American fugitive slave advertisement.
“I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”
242 years after John Adams’ exhortation, people in the city of New York are still struggling with how to celebrate July 4, and its meaning. In the City of New York July 4 celebrations held after the enactment of the U.S. Constitution were anything but nonpartisan. Continue reading
The Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation has announced a Summer Stroll of Saratoga’s Historic West Side on Sunday, June 24th at 10:30 am led by George DeMers.
Tour the restored historic West Side and learn about Saratoga Springs’ Irish and Italian immigrants who helped shape the history of this unique district. This tour, sponsored by NBT Bank, meets at the Gideon Putnam Cemetery Entrance on South Franklin Street. Continue reading
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Fort Ticonderoga has announced the public display of a rare object from the time of the nation’s founding – an original Society of the Cincinnati gold eagle medal.
The priceless Revolutionary War medal is one of two surviving examples produced in Paris in 1783 for purchase by officers of the Continental Army. The medal, which is believed to have never been viewed publicly, is on loan to Fort Ticonderoga from the Robert Nittolo Collection, a large and important private collection of 18th-century North American militaria in. Continue reading
On Thursday, July 12, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm, Historian and author William Hogeland, a contributor to Historians on Hamilton (Rutgers University Press, 2018), will speak on how Alexander Hamilton’s national financial plan worked, why the public remains generally unaware of the details, the extremes Hamilton was willing to go to in order to bring the plan about, and why his opponents (Jefferson, Madison and Gallatin) couldn’t fully dismantle it during 16 years of Democratic Republican administration. The talk will be followed by Q&A. Continue reading
This week on The Historians podcast, Andy Pragacz from the Bundy Museum of History and Art in Binghamton, NY tells us about the museum and the Bundy company, makers of time clocks. The firm was a predecessor of IBM. The Bundy Museum’s new community radio station, WBDY, carries episodes of The Historians Podcast Sundays at 4:30 pm. Listen to the podcast here. Continue reading