Tickets are now available for the Civil War Weekend, a fundraiser for The Friends of the Ulysses S. Grant Cottage, which will be held on August 11 and 12 at D.A. Collins’ Ballard Road property in Wilton.
This official bicentennial celebration event of the Town of Wilton will include dozens of Civil War era reenactors. Camp life, infantry, artillery, cavalry drills, battles, and firing demonstrations will bring the period to life. The Iron Jacks, 77th NY Regimental Balladeers, and Veterans in the New Field will provide musical performances during the weekend. Children’s activities, book signings, military artifact displays, food and vendors will offer a weekend full of learning for all ages. Continue reading
The Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation has announced a Summer Stroll of Saratoga’s Historic West Side on Sunday, June 24th at 10:30 am led by George DeMers.
Tour the restored historic West Side and learn about Saratoga Springs’ Irish and Italian immigrants who helped shape the history of this unique district. This tour, sponsored by NBT Bank, meets at the Gideon Putnam Cemetery Entrance on South Franklin Street. Continue reading
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Fort Ticonderoga has announced the public display of a rare object from the time of the nation’s founding – an original Society of the Cincinnati gold eagle medal.
The priceless Revolutionary War medal is one of two surviving examples produced in Paris in 1783 for purchase by officers of the Continental Army. The medal, which is believed to have never been viewed publicly, is on loan to Fort Ticonderoga from the Robert Nittolo Collection, a large and important private collection of 18th-century North American militaria in. Continue reading
On Thursday, July 12, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm, Historian and author William Hogeland, a contributor to Historians on Hamilton (Rutgers University Press, 2018), will speak on how Alexander Hamilton’s national financial plan worked, why the public remains generally unaware of the details, the extremes Hamilton was willing to go to in order to bring the plan about, and why his opponents (Jefferson, Madison and Gallatin) couldn’t fully dismantle it during 16 years of Democratic Republican administration. The talk will be followed by Q&A. Continue reading
A fine art photographic exhibit opening focusing on Theodosia Ford is set to open on July 1 at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, NY.
The Diary of Theodosia Ford – Photographs by Xiomaro will be on view until August 31. The images, together with an imagined diary based on factual accounts, tell the story of a young widow’s unsung role in the American Revolution. Theodosia and her four children crammed into two rooms from 1779-80 – during one of the worst winters of the century – and gave up control of her New Jersey home to George Washington and his entourage for use as his military base. Continue reading
A private screening of PBS’ new feature, 10 Streets that Changed America, has been set for Sunday, July 29th at 4 pm at the Jay Heritage Center (JHC), in Rye, NY.
The documentary tours 10 streets that influenced the way we travel around the United States. The screening will be followed by a conversation with author and journalist Eric Jaffe. A cocktail reception will follow at the Jay Mansion which looks out on America’s oldest highway, the Boston Post Road. Continue reading
Museum Educator Patrick Reynolds is set to discuss a variety of maps of the region using modern geospatial technology to overlay these maps onto current maps of the area on June 21 at 7 pm at the Rome Historical Society.
County Atlas’ and Sanborn fire insurance maps will be discussed as a tool for researchers as well as some recently uncovered maps found during work on improvements to permanent Rome Historical Society exhibits. Continue reading
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site is set to commemorates Quentin Roosevelt and World War I through a new exhibit and programs.
Quentin Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt’s youngest child, was an aviator who fought in the skies above France during World War I. One hundred years ago, on July 14, 1918, Quentin was killed in action. Continue reading
Staatsburgh State Historic Site’s “Gilded Age Experience Deluxe Audience Participation Tour,” on Sunday, June 24th (at 1 pm), lets visitors participate in activities that took place in the mansion 100 years ago.
A cast of costumed interpreters who portray guests and servants of Staatsburgh’s turn-of-the-century owners, Ruth and Ogden Mills, who resided at Staatsburgh — their country estate on the Hudson River — each autumn, hosting lavish weekend parties for America’s wealthiest and most elite society.
Visitors will be announced by the butler, and then meet Staatsburgh’s guests and servants. As they tour the house, visitors will calm the flustered chambermaid, assist the footman with the formal dining room table settings, and try out their skill as a lady’s maid or valet. Continue reading