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I like the movie Harriet, especially the singing, but again, I also liked Wonder Woman, Black Panther, Wolverine, and Dr. Strange (but not Thor, Aquaman, or the Avengers series). Harriet the movie is about a super-hero whose superpower is that God gives her specific directions about what to do (turn left at the river).
Harriet in the movie is based on an important historical figure, but in the end, she is a movie character, not the historic Harriet Tubman. As a movie, two-thumbs up; as history, too many rotten tomatoes. [Read more…] about Harriet the Movie and the Harriet Tubman of History
The Oneida County History Center is set to return to the Sangertown Square Mall in Utica for its 10th year this coming holiday season to operate its satellite bookstore. The store will be located in Center Court by Mr. Smoothie & Zales, and provides extended hours to meet your busy holiday schedule. It also offers a great selection of local history titles and merchandise.
New titles this year include Around & About: A Reporter’s Love Letter to the People and Places of Utica and Oneida County, Rome Memories: A Photographic History of the Early Years, and The Young Liberators Volume II. Returning favorites include New Hartford (Images of America), Utica Streets, Haunted Mohawk Valley, and local history jigsaw puzzles. [Read more…] about History Center Bookstore Returning to Utica Mall
The new book Rome Memories, A Photographic History of the Early Years (Rome Daily Sentinel, 2019) offers a glimpse into life in Rome, NY from the mid 1800s through the 1930s.
Rome Memories is a compilation of scanned images obtained from the public, and the collections of the Rome Historical Society and Oneida County History Center. [Read more…] about Rome Memories Photo Collection Highlights
This week’s guest on The Historians Podcast is Bill Buell who discusses his new book on Schenectady’s socialist mayor, George Lunn: The 1912 Socialist Victory in Schenectady. Buell is Schenectady County historian and worked many years as a reporter and feature writer for the Daily Gazette.
You can listen to the podcast here. [Read more…] about Schenectady’s Socialist Mayor (Historians Podcast)
The Seward House Museum has announced Parlor Music Concert: A Musical Journey Through the 19th Century, with tenor soloist Pablo Willey-Bustos, on Sunday, November 24th, from 4 to 5:30 pm.
From the setting of the Museum’s Drawing Room, and enhanced by its 1872 Steinway piano, Willey-Bustos’s performance will transport listeners across the musical landscape of the 19th century. A reception with the artists follows the performance. [Read more…] about Parlor Concert: A 19th Century Musical Journey
The New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Transportation (DOT) have announced the release of a draft Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor Unit Management Plan (UMP) Amendment/Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS).
The amended proposal comes after the operators of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, which ran on the line between Saranac Lake and Lake Placid, successfully sued the state. They successfully argued that the State’s plan to turn the historic railroad line into a rail-trail did not comply with state historic preservation law or the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan.
The decision was handed down by State Supreme Court Judge Robert Main Jr. in 2017. In December, 2018 the state Adirondack Park Agency changed the “travel corridor” definition in the State Land Master Plan to allow for the removal of the rails. [Read more…] about State Issues New Plan For Historic Adirondack Rail Line
The Battle of Johnstown and the death of Walter Butler are considered two of the more important events in the final phase of the Revolutionary War in the Mohawk Valley. More than any other events in his life, these events are seen as raising Col. Marinus Willett from to the status of “Hero of the Mohawk Valley.”
Willett was born in Jamaica, NY (in Queens on Long Island). He served in the militia during the French and Indian War, and took part as a 2nd lieutenant in General James Abercrombie’s expedition to Fort Ticonderoga in 1758 and also with John Bradstreet’s army in the Battle of Fort Frontenac.
Susan B. Anthony was charged for having cast a ballot in the presidential election of 1872, accused of violating federal law and the NYS Constitution. Suffragists had been stunned and angered at women’s exclusion from the 15th Amendment which had given black men the right to vote in 1870.
This trial represented Anthony’s strategy to test what she hoped would be the new winning argument: that the 14th Amendment’s creation of national citizenship had given women the right to vote. Her task was to get the court to agree. [Read more…] about Susan B Anthony On Trial