Auto Racing History: Lost Speedways Event Saturday


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2011 American LeMans Series driving champion Chris Dyson has been added to the Saturday, November 25th Lost Speedways program at the Saratoga Automobile Museum. Dyson will join his team owner and father, Rob, in a discussion of the 200 mph Lola B0/86 Mazda-powered endurance racer they recently donated to the museum.

Other presentations on the 2017 Lost Speedways program include a discussion of the landmark 1967 racing season by Ken Parrotte and a look back at his many years as NASCAR’s head chassis inspector and post-race teardown supervisor by Randy Hedger. The program’s final two segments will focus on the historic New York State Fairgrounds mile, with Ron Hedger recalling Labor Day races at Syracuse in the 1950’s and early 1960’s and the always popular interview segment featuring winning car owner Randy Ross and driving star Dickie Larkin. Continue reading

New York History Around The Web This Week


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New Blog About New Netherland and British New York


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The Grocery Shop by Gerrit Dou 1672Launched in October, Calicos, Camelots and Swords is a new blog focused on the exploration of primary sources material of Dutch New Netherland and British New York.

The blog’s producer, Tara Mancini, has aggregated data from more than 100 probate, ship, and store inventories, in addition to court records and letters from 1600 through 1765. The database includes another couple dozen inventories from neighboring colonies for comparison.

Excerpts from these primary sources are referenced in Calicos, Camelots and Swords’ posts. Topics focus on material culture, trade, and economics. Continue reading

NYC Lecture: Art Deco And Modern New York


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new york art deco bookThe Roosevelt Island Library will host historian and author Anthony W. Robins, who will give a lecture titled Art Deco Metropolis: Magnificent Buildings of Modern New York City, on Thursday, December 14 at 6:30 pm.

The Chrysler Building, the Waldorf-Astoria, and Rockefeller Center are among the hundreds of Art Deco monuments during the 1920s and ‘30s and that shaped the image of New York City as the world’s Modern Metropolis. Continue reading

Utica: Citizenship, Sufferage Around the World Dec 2nd


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oneida county history center logoOn Saturday, December 2nd from 1 to 3 pm, SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s History-Interdisciplinary Studies “Gender Issues in World History” class, with Professor Kristina Boylan, will share their semester-long research comparing citizenship and suffrage struggles in New York State and around the world.

This family friendly program in Utica includes creative, interactive stories and activities about these activists and their achievements for children in first grade and up. Free and open to the public.  Continue reading

Politics of Tea During the American Revolution


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ben_franklins_worldHow did early Americans go from hosting social tea parties to hosting protests like the Boston Tea Party?

Tea played a central role in the economic, cultural, and political lives of early Americans. As such, tea came to serve as a powerful symbol of both early American culture and of the American Revolution.

In this episode of Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History, Jane Merritt, Jennifer Anderson, and David Shields take us on an exploration of the politics of tea during the era of the American Revolution. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/160

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Dunmore’s War NYC Lecture Set For Dec 7th


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dunmore's war bookThe Fraunces Tavern Museum in New York City will host a lecture on Dunmore’s War, presented by Glenn Williams, in their Flag Gallery on Thursday, December 7th at 6:30 pm.

Glenn Williams will talk about the causes, course, and conduct of the last Native American war before the American War for Independence.

This presentation will challenge many of the misconceptions and myths surrounding the 1774 conflict in which Lord Dunmore, Virginia’s last royal governor, led the colony’s forces in a defensive war against a Native American coalition led by the Shawnee Nation.  Continue reading

Old-Fashioned Holiday At Silas Wright House


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christmas treeThe St. Lawrence County Historical Association will hold their annual Holiday Open House on December 1st from 4 to 8 pm.  Festive floral arrangements, refreshments, holiday music, and family history will fill the air at this holiday event which is open to the public. The Canton Garden Club provides fresh greens, floral arrangements, and early American Christmas tree decorations like gingerbread, dried apples, and lace.

The Holiday Open House will include live seasonal music provided by a variety of local musical talent: the Canton Central School Vocal Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Kimberly Busch; R. Merrie Song & Friends, performing early American carols; local musician John Danis; and the Noteworthy Handbell Choir. Continue reading

State Museum Exhibits Capture the Spirit of New York


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The New York State Museum’s exhibits are always outstanding. But the three special exhibits at the Museum now – on the bicentennial of the Erie Canal, New York State in World War I, and the centennial of woman suffrage in our state – are unprecedented and exceptionally strong. It is worth a trip to Albany just to see them.

The storylines and captions are superb, with clear development and explanations, enough text to tell the stories, but not so much that visitors’ interest will wane. The artifacts, photos, and documents are engaging, even dramatic. For instance, the canal exhibit features a reconstruction of a “windlass” – a large apparatus for lifting cargo from canal boats into a warehouse. It is a restoration of a 19th century windlass located by Museum staff some years ago in Mohawk, New York, dismantled, moved to Albany, and carefully restored and reassembled. Continue reading