This week on The Historians Podcast town historian Paul Perreault details the history of a former rocket test site in Malta, NY, operated by General Electric. Plus, stories about two rocket pioneers from the Mohawk Valley-Rocco Petrone and Stanley Jevitt. And Norm Bollen of the Fort Plain Museum explains why he is concerned with treasure seekers using metal detectors on museum property. [Read more…] about Remembering Malta’s Rocket Test Site
This week on The Historians Podcast our guest is Jim Richmond, coordinator of the Saratoga County History Roundtable. He discusses the growth of interest in local history in Saratoga County. [Read more…] about A Growing Interest in Saratoga County History
This week on The Historians Podcast, a story about the 1957 Mohawk Nation encampment in Fort Hunter. Also discussed is how Amsterdam’s wealthy Sanford family inspired a 1938 motion picture starring Katharine Hepburn and how a florist, rabbi and judge in the Mohawk Valley were known for their speaking abilities. These stories previously appeared in my Focus on History column in the Daily Gazette. [Read more…] about The 1957 Mohawk Encampment in Fort Hunter
This week on The Historians Podcast, Bob Cudmore’s guest is Jim Kaplan who looks at the history of Fourth of July celebrations in New York City. In recent years the Lower Manhattan Historical Association has organized Fourth of July parades. Kaplan is a regular contributor to The New York History Blog [Read more…] about A History of NYC July Fourth Celebrations
This week on The Historians Podcast our guest is Sherri Cash, history professor at Utica College, who talks about the ginseng root, which grew wild in upstate New York in the 18th century. A colonial global trading network shipped ginseng to China, where it was prized as a health tonic, in return for tea. Cash recently gave a talk on the subject at Old Fort Johnson in Fort Johnson, NY.
This week on The Historians Podcast, Dan Weaver talks about his new booklet The Willigee Negroes: Sir William Johnson, Sir Peter Warren and an 18th Century Free Black Community in the Mohawk Valley. [Read more…] about An 18th Century Free Black Mohawk Valley Community
This week on The Historians Podcast, Colonie town historian Kevin Franklin explains the historic importance of Schuyler Flatts, now a town park between Menands and Watervliet near the Hudson River.
The land previously was a home of the prominent Schuyler family and an early residence of Arent Van Curler, the founder of Schenectady. [Read more…] about Historians Podcast: Schuyler Flatts in Colonie, NY
This week on The Historians Podcast Bob Cudmore’s guests have perspectives on the moon landing by American astronauts in 1969. Rod Pyle of NASA is author of First on the Moon and Professor Curt Breneman is Dean of Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy. [Read more…] about Moon Landing Perspectives
This week on The Historians Podcast, David Fiske described an 1840s enslavement case (similar to Solomon Northup) involving an African American named Eli Terry of Indiana. Fiske, previously co-author of a book on Northup, will speak on the Eli Terry case at Solomon Northup Day at the Willsboro, New York, School on Saturday, July 20 at 4 pm. [Read more…] about The Enslavement of Eli Terry of Indiana
This week on The Historians Podcast, Bob Cudmore’s guest is Michael Riley, author of the book Bridge Dams on the Mohawk: David A. Watt’s Marvelous Creation. A long stretch of New York’s Mohawk River became a canal in the early 1900s. Bridge dams made that possible and are still in use today. [Read more…] about Bridge Dams Along Mohawk River