This week on The Historians Podcast, Richard Ratajak, now 87, looks back on his life as a paper boy in Amsterdam, NY, a soldier in the Korean War, and a priest in training who served summers at the Shrine of the North American Martyrs in Auriesville, NY. Ratajak left the priesthood to marry the woman he loved and held jobs in state government as he gradually lost his eyesight. He worked for the state agency that helped blind people find meaningful work and served on the board of RISE, WMHT’s radio service for the blind. [Read more…] about An 87-Year Old Recalls A Mohawk Valley Life
This week on The Historians Podcast with Bob Cudmore, Bruce Chadwick, author of The General and Mrs. Washington: The Untold Story of a Marriage and a Revolution talks about joy and tragedy in the lives of George and Martha Washington. Chadwick was a featured speaker at the George Washington Symposium organized earlier this year by the Fort Plain Museum. [Read more…] about Bruce Chadwick: The General and Mrs. Washington
This week on The Historians Podcast with Bob Cudmore, Mohawk Valley singer-songwriters Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle play songs and tell stories from their new show on the 19th century lumberjacks of upstate New York.
This week on The Historians Podcast with Bob Cudmore, the guest is Patricia Walsh Chadwick, author of Little Sister, a memoir about her childhood in which she was raised in an excommunicated Roman Catholic community in Massachusetts. [Read more…] about Life in a Secluded Religious Community (Historians Podcast)
This week on The Historians Podcast with Bob Cudmore, Michael Davi recounts his 40-year career as a General Electric engineer in his book PrivileGEd: Experiences From My Unusual 40-year Career With One of America’s Most Iconic Companies. [Read more…] about 40 Years A GE Engineer (Historians Podcast)
Oliveira grew up in the Albany area and is also author of a novel about a Civil War physician, My Name is Mary Sutter. Sutter is a major character in Winter Sisters. Her book was chosen as the Amsterdam Reads selection for 2019. [Read more…] about 19th Century Albany Topic of Historical Novel
This week on The Historians podcast with Bob Cudmore, Frankie Y. Bailey, a criminal justice professor at the University at Albany, discusses issues in the history of crime, such as the popularity of mugshots, and her own career as a criminal mystery writer. [Read more…] about Frankie Bailey On Albany’s Mugshot History
This week on The Historians Podcast with Bob Cudmore, Sandra Maceyka, vice president of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Women’s Consortium (ECSWC), explains a fund raising campaign to build a statue of the women’s rights leader in Stanton’s home town of Johnstown. [Read more…] about Elizabeth Cady Stanton Statue Planned For Johnstown
This week on The Historians podcast, Bob Cudmore tells history stories which were scheduled to be delivered at a cancelled talk. Cudmore was slated to speak at a meeting of the Broadalbin-Kennyetto Historical Society. A power failure led to cancellation.
The stories include: How Sheldon Jackson, born in Minaville, New York, became an important figure in the history of Alaska; connections between the Amsterdam area and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and a look at McClumpha’s, a downtown grocery store in Amsterdam that survived for 100 years. [Read more…] about Montgomery Co: Sheldon Jackson’s Impact on Alaska
This week on The Historians Podcast, Pulitzer Prize finalist Nick Bunker discusses his book, Young Benjamin Franklin: The Birth of Ingenuity. The book follows Franklin through age 41 and his first electrical discoveries. [Read more…] about Young Benjamin Franklin (Historians Podcast)