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This week’s guest on The Historians Podcast is Gloversville Leader Herald history columnist Peter Betz with a story about blackouts during World War II plus the tale of W.C. Porter, the absconding drummer and the story of a convicted man who convinced a friend to go to jail in his place. [Read more…] about World War II Blackouts in Fulton County
In this episode, hear from historian Cyndi LaPierre on the history of the word “Catskills,” and if you’re wondering why Kaatscast starts with a “K,” instead of a “C,” this segment should help clear things up. In the second half of the show, we’ll travel to Kaaterskill falls with geologist Bob Titus, who takes us back even further, to when the Catskills felt more like the Bahamas! [Read more…] about Kaatscast Considers Kaatskills and the Dutch
Howard Schaffer of Lake Luzerne has been elected President of the Hadley-Lake Luzerne Historical Society, following outgoing President Joe Kavanagh, who has served for the past four years.
Since the Historical Society was founded in 1973 it has played an important role in preserving the Hadley Parabolic Bow Bridge, the Harmon House, and the Gailey Hill Schoolhouse. [Read more…] about New Leadership for Hadley-Luzerne Historical
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) was established in 1970 on the first-ever Earth Day.
In the 50 years since, New Yorkers have seen a revolution in the way we interact with our environment. The Clean Air Act was passed in 1970; in 1971 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was established, followed by the passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972. The Adirondack Park Agency Act was passed in 1971, and the State’s Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR) in 1980, the same year as the Superfund Law. In 1993 the Environmental Protection Fund was established.
The Ticonderoga Historical Society has a position available for a graduate intern in public history, museum studies or a related field for the summer of 2020. The Society is housed within the Hancock House, a four-story historic house museum, open to the public.
The museum houses a collection of approximately 4,000 artifacts, 7,000 books and manuscripts, and other original materials relating to the history of the Lake Champlain Basin Region. In addition to its exhibit space, the Historical Society engages in an active plan of community outreach, programs and lectures. [Read more…] about Ticonderoga Historical Offering Internship
For the past five years, Ruby Silvious has been painting and drawing on tea bags that have been steeped in hot water, emptied, and dried. The stained paper (and occasionally cloth) of the tea bags offers a distinctive canvas for her miniature paintings, which present a visual journal of her life and travels — a watercolor of breakfast or flowers encountered on a walk, a street scene of a French town, or a museum gallery and its art-loving crowds. [Read more…] about Recycled & Refashioned: The Art of Ruby Silvious
The Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York, Inc. are set to commemorate the birthday of Frederick Samuel Tallmadge, the second President of the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York, whose generosity enabled the Society to acquire Fraunces Tavern in 1904, at Fraunces Tavern Museum, on Monday, January 27th. [Read more…] about Frederick Tallmadge, Battle of Golden Hill Event in NYC
Monumental Women has set a date for the unveiling of the Women’s Rights Pioneers Monument on the Mall in the City of New York’s Central Park. The statue is the first statue depicting a real woman in the Park’s 167-year History.
The original statue of women’s rights pioneers Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony was redesigned to include Sojourner Truth after criticism that the original design excluded the contributions of people of color. It’s being sculpted by Meredith Bergmann. [Read more…] about Central Park Women’s Rights Statue Unveiling Date Set
Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History is taking a production break. It will be back with all new episodes on April 21, 2020. In the meantime, BFW is featuring some older episodes that will help you get a feel for the vast nature of early American history.
In 1492, Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue as part of the great European quest to find new routes and shortcuts to the spice islands and territories of Asia.