The New York History Blog has been publishing for more than 10 years. We’ve edited and presented some 10,000 stories, and linked our readers to 10,000 more. 2.5 million times people have come to this site to learn more about our shared history – yet we rarely ask for your help. We receive no public funds. We rely on the support from readers like you. Please make a contribution HERE. [Read more…] about We’re Not Done; You Can Do Your Part Now
This week on The Historians Podcast, Marta McDowell discusses her book about a 19th century American poet, Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life. McDowell was gardener-in-residence last year at the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, Massachusetts. [Read more…] about Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life
Derrick Pratt, of Chittenango, has joined the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse as Museum Educator.
In this new position Pratt is expected to identify and implement opportunities to grow the institution’s education services for all audiences, and provide engaging new programs that share the Erie Canal’s history and impact with classroom students, adult learners, travelers, and everyone living in Central New York. [Read more…] about Erie Canal Museum Hires Museum Educator
Are you getting Blue Coal for Christmas?
You might have asked Santa Claus that question, when he took to the air on WBGF radio 1370 of Glens Falls at 6:30 pm Dec. 6, 1930, sponsored by Merkel & Gelman department store.
But to be certain, you would have wanted a second opinion, because only “The Shadow knows!” [Read more…] about Blue Coal for Christmas: 1930s Glens Falls Radio
Fort Ticonderoga has announced a new schedule of programs during its Winter Quarters season. From now through April, visitors can enjoy exciting living history events, engaging seminars, specialty programs, behind-the-scenes VIP Tours, and hands-on workshops.
Guests can now explore Fort Ticonderoga during what was traditionally the “Winter Quarters” season for armies of the 18th century. Groups of 15 or more are welcome to schedule a visit to have the entire property to themselves and a dedicated historic interpreter for a group tour. [Read more…] about Fort Ticonderoga’s Winter Season Programs
The holiday season is in full swing at Clermont State Historic Site. Events have been set for every weekend in December leading up to Christmas.
A Child’s Christmas is set for December 7th and 8th and is recommended for children ages 3-10 and their families. Drop in from 10 am to noon for a stocking-foot tour of the decorations, then stop to read a story with the family’s nursemaid at the foot of the Christmas tree in the oak-paneled library. Each child will receive a special Christmas gift. Hot cider, cookies, and fruit will be served in the kitchen. Tickets are $4 per person. No reservations necessary. [Read more…] about Holiday Season Events At Clermont
Over the course of the twentieth century, education was a key site for envisioning opportunities for African Americans, but the very schools they attended sometimes acted as obstacles.
The new book Educating Harlem: A Century of Schooling and Resistance in a Black Community (Columbia University Press, 2019), edited by Ansley T. Erickson and Ernest Morrell, brings together a multidisciplinary group of scholars to provide a broad consideration of the history of schooling in one of the nation’s most iconic black communities. [Read more…] about Educating Harlem: A Century of Schooling and Resistance
How did early Americans educate their children? How and when did Americans create a formal system of public education?
In this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, Johann Neem, a Professor of History at Western Washington University and author of Democracy’s Schools: The Rise of Public Education in America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017), joins us to further explore how early Americans educated their children and how early American children learned the trades they would practice later in life.
The Christmas Truce was a ceasefire between German, French, and British troop on the western-front on Christmas Eve in December 1914. Both sides informally agreed to stop fighting for a few hours and joined together for food, carols, and companionship.
The 5th Annual Peace Carol, an evening honoring the Christmas Truce of World War One, on Tuesday, December 10th, at 4:30 pm. This celebration features carol sing-alongs led by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Utica choir, a performance by members of the Proctor Senior Choir, the Procter JNROTC Color Guard, a presentation on the truce by Joe Schmidt, light refreshments, and more. [Read more…] about ‘Christmas Truce’ Peace Carol in Utica
Historic Saranac Lake has been awarded a Smart Growth grant from the State of New York Department of Environmental Conservation to support site plan design for their expanded museum campus in downtown Saranac Lake.
In 2019, Historic Saranac Lake acquired the Trudeau Building at 118 Main Street for expansion of their existing museum at the adjacent Saranac Laboratory building. The Smart Growth grant will support integrated site planning in order to create a museum campus that will promote Smart Growth principles and attract arts and culture tourism to the village of Saranac Lake. [Read more…] about Historic Saranac Lake Awarded Smart Growth Grant