Mass History Alliance Advocates for State, Local History


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Mass History AllianceOn June 4, 2018, I attended the annual Massachusetts History Conference. For the second year in row, the event was hosted by the Massachusetts History Alliance. This new and still-forming group drew my attention because of its mission: to advocate on behalf of state and local history.

To read about the efforts of this group go to Who Advocates for State and Local History?: The Massachusetts History Alliance Experience.

Local Writers: Latest E-book and Print Trends


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As an author of many books and publisher (with my partner) of many others, it behooves me to keep up on the latest trends in the world of books.

This includes the ongoing question considered by many of my Adirondack friends and acquaintances who are authors: should I sell printed copies, or is it better to go digital with e-books? Or maybe a combination of the two? It’s an issue I’ve addressed here in years past, particularly in 2013 and 2014 when the e-book explosion rocked the industry, leading many experts and non-experts alike to conclude that the end for printed books was clearly in sight. Continue reading

Fort Ticonderoga Battle Re-Enactment July 21-22


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Mt Defiance cannon demonstrationFort Ticonderoga is set to host “Defiance & Independence,” a two-day battle re-enactment on Saturday July 21 and Sunday July 22.

Featuring nearly 500 historical re-enactors, this is the largest battle re-enactment of the year at Fort Ticonderoga. The battle will highlight the events of the summer of 1777, when Fort Ticonderoga’s American garrison was defeated by a British invasion force from Canada. Continue reading

Lake Champlain Bridge Guided Walk July 22


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Lake Champlain bridgeA guided walk focusing on the history of the area around the Lake Champlain Bridge has been set for Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 1 pm.

This event is the first of two “Points of Interest” guided bridge walks offered this year by the Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison, Vermont, and Crown Point State Historic Site in Crown Point, New York. Site administrator Elsa Gilbertson (VT) and Thomas Hughes (NY), historian and president of the Crown Point State Historic Site friends group, lead the tour. Continue reading

Podcast Considers What Makes New York, New York


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In the latest episode of the “New Netherland Praatjes” podcast, author and museum curator Steve Jaffe chats with Steve McErleane and Russell Shorto about Jaffe’s work on the “New York at Its Core” exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York, a new installation that attempts to answer the question “What makes New York New York?”

Topics include the challenges of presenting history to the public, the role of technology in museums, and how museum professionals have dealt with the death of the so-called grand narrative. Listen to the podcast here. Continue reading

Manhattan Skyline History Now In Paperback


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building the skylineJason M. Barr’s book Building the Skyline: The Birth and Growth of Manhattan’s Skylines (Oxford University Press, 2016) is now available in paperback.

The Manhattan skyline is one of the great wonders of the modern world. In Building the Skyline, Jason Barr chronicles the history of the Manhattan skyscrapers and provides insights into the economic forces that have created its distinctive and iconic panorama. Continue reading

Youth Video Workshop At Hubbardton Battlefield


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hubbardton battlefieldA workshop aimed at teaching youth ages 11 to 15 how to make a 3-minute video has been set for Thursday, July 19, 2018 at the Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site in Hubbardton, Vermont. The program runs from 10:30 am to 4 pm, with a fee of $15.

Workshop leader is Bob Franzoni, battlefield site interpreter and retired executive director of CATV White River Junction, will show attendees how to write, direct, act in, and produce a 2 to 3-minute video. Continue reading