A new National Park Service theme study identifying places and events associated with the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-identified Americans has been released.
LGBTQ America: A Theme Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History is believed to be a first of its kind study conducted by a national government to chronicle historical places, documents, people and events that shaped the LGBTQ civil rights movement in America. Continue reading
Bruce Jackson’s new book American Chartres: Buffalo’s Waterfront Grain Elevators (Excelsior Editions. 2016) documents Buffalo’s surviving grain elevators, capturing these monumental buildings in all seasons and in various light; from the Buffalo River, the Ship Canal, and Lake Erie; from inside and from the top floors and roofs; in detail.
Invented in Buffalo by Robert Dunbar and Joseph Dart, the city’s first grain elevator went operational in 1843. By the mid-1850s, Buffalo was the world’s largest grain port, and would remain so well into the twentieth century. Grain elevators made Buffalo rich, and they were largely responsible for the development of the Port of New York. Continue reading
This week on “The Historians” podcast, Matt Ryan of WMHT public television discusses his documentary, “Mario Cuomo: Poetry and Prose,” that features interviews and archival video from the long-running statewide program “Inside Albany.”
You can listen to the podcast here. Continue reading
New York State officially came into existence on April 20, 1777, with the approval of the first state constitution by the Convention of Representatives of the State of New York in Kingston.
New York’s fourth New York Provincial Congress, elected the previous year, had changed its name to a group representing the State of New York which, technically, did not even exist until the new constitution was written and promulgated. The document, however, declared that the Convention had acted “in the name and by the authority of the good people of this State.” Continue reading
Willowbank has announced that The Prince of Wales has decided to extend the Royal Patronage first granted to its School of Restoration Arts in 2014.
Situated on a National Historic Site along the Canada-U.S. border in Queenston, Ontario, Willowbank is an independent and not-for-profit school, unique for its three-year diploma which combines academic with apprenticeship learning. Continue reading
On April 30, 1789, George Washington became the first President of the United States. Between 1789 and 1825, five men would serve as president. Four of them hailed from Virginia.
Many of us know details about the lives and presidencies of Washington, Jefferson, and Madison. But what do we know about the life and presidency of the fourth Virginia president, James Monroe?
In this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, we explore the public and private life of James Monroe with Sara Bon-Harper, Executive Director of James Monroe’s Highland, the 535-acre farm and home of James Monroe. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/103
On Thursday evening, October 27, from 7 pm to 9 pm, Civil War re-enactor and historian Carolyn Ivanoff will present “Ghosts of Gettysburg Battlefield,” at the Florida Senior Center, in Florida NY.
Ivanoff will provide an overview and description of the three day battle, along with maps, and contemporary and period photographs. Continue reading
Recently my son Adam and his seven-year-old daughter Mckenna were canoeing on the Hudson River above the Feeder Dam in Glens Falls when they noticed a small tree growing atop an old stone pier about 30 feet from shore – and something more. Tangled in the roots, they found a large old rusted chain with links 4 inches wide by 6 inches long.
Sharing pictures with Richard “Dick” Nason, the unofficial Finch Pruyn historian and an authority on river log drives, it appears likely the chain was left over from the heyday of log drives on the Hudson River. The chain was found in the Big Boom sorting area. Logs were released from the Big Boom upriver and floated down to the sorting area where they were tallied by owners, identified by the owner’s mark stamped on the butt end of each log. The sorting area was used from 1851 to 1929. Dick suspects the chain may be from the late 1800s. Continue reading
The Historical Society of Rockland County and Clarkstown 225th Anniversary Committee will be hosting The Tappan Zee Bridge: Transforming Rockland County, a film screening and discussion on Thursday, October 20, 7:30 pm, at the HSRC Community Room, 20 Zukor Road, in New City.
After the screening, the floor will open for a discussion about the impact the bridge has had on people and places in the county and how the new bridge might affect the community. Continue reading