A Common Civil War Sailor’s Life at Sackets Harbor


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Sackets HarborSackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site is set to host “A Common Sailor’s Life During the Civil War” on Saturday August 18th, from 10 am to 4 pm.

John Dellapenna, a US Navy veteran and US Navy Civil War sailor re-enactor, along “Ships Company,” the premier Civil War navy re-enactment group who serve on board the 1855 sloop-of-war USS Constellation in Baltimore will portray US soldiers and sailors from the Civil War era. Continue reading

New York History Around The Web This Week


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Albany Institute Extends Thomas Cole Exhibition


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Expulsion from the Garden of edenThe Albany Institute of History & Art has extended the run of the Thomas Cole’s Paper Trail exhibition to November 28th, 2018. The exhibit was originally scheduled to close on October 28.

In 1818, the youthful Thomas Cole emigrated from his native England to begin a new life in the United States. After several years struggling as an engraver and designer for his parents’ short-lived floor cloth and wallpaper manufactories, he embarked on a career as painter of landscapes and settled in the thriving port city of New York. There he found patrons and a welcoming audience for his works that were exhibited at the National Academy of Design and other venues. Now, during the bicentennial year of Cole’s arrival in the United States, this naturalized American artist is being publicly recognized once again at museums and historic sites on both sides of the Atlantic. Continue reading

Saratoga History Summer Stroll of North Broadway


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795 North BroadwayThe next Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation Summer Stroll, “The Good Life: North Broadway,” is set for Sunday, August 19th at 10:30 am, and will be led by the Foundation’s Executive Director, Samantha Bosshart.

Participants will tour the famed corridor lined with grand Queen Anne buildings by Saratoga’s most prominent figures such as Lucy Skidmore Scribner, Fred Cluett, William B. Gage, and Senator Brackett. The tour, sponsored by Kristie & Tom Roohan of Roohan Realty, meets at the northwest corner of North Broadway and Van Dam Street in front of Witt Construction. Continue reading

Native Americans & Colonists on the Northeastern Coast


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ben_franklins_worldIn this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, Andrew Lipman, an Assistant Professor of History at Barnard College, Columbia University and author of The Saltwater Frontier: Indians and the Contest for the American Coast (Yale, 2015), leads us on an exploration of the northeastern coastline and of the Native American and European peoples who lived there during the seventeenth century. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/198

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Old New Paltz Stone House Day Sept 8th


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Stone House DayHistoric Huguenot Street is set to host a special revival of Stone House Day, a formerly annual tradition, on Saturday, September 8, from 11 am to 4 pm. Old New Paltz Stone House Day will celebrate the 340th anniversary of the settling of New Paltz by twelve French Huguenots in 1678.

This Old New Paltz Stone House Day will focus on the diversity of Hudson Valley history by highlighting the many cultures that impacted New Paltz and Ulster County including African, Dutch, English, Esopus Munsee, and French. Continue reading

Marking NPS Birthday At Theodore Roosevelt’s Birthplace


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Theodore Roosevelt BirthplaceThe Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site is set to celebrate National Park Service’s 102nd Birthday on Saturday, August 25th with a number of events throughout the day.

The Organic Act of 1916, 102 years ago, created the National Park Service (NPS) to “preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.” Continue reading

Military Burial Practices and Battlefield Clean-Up


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The Death of General Mercer at the Battle of PrincetonSaratoga National Historical Park is set to host Of Skulls and Skeletons: Military Burial Practices and Battlefield Clean-Up along the Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail, presented by Robert A. Selig, Ph. D. on August 19, 2018 at 1 pm.

Battlefield clean-up is a topic rarely covered by modern historians yet following almost any military engagement, there are corpses to dispose of. Continue reading