The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland (Cornell University Press, 2016) by Marisa Schenfeld, which features essays by Stefan Kanfer and Jenna Weissman Joselit, presents Scheinfeld’s photographs of abandoned sites where resorts, hotels, and bungalow colonies once boomed in the Catskill Mountain region of upstate New York. Today the Borscht Belt is recalled through the nostalgic lens of summer swims, Saturday night dances, and comedy performances. But its current state, like that of many other formerly glorious regions, is nothing like its earlier status. Forgotten about and exhausted, much of its structural environment has been left to decay. [Read more…] about The Borscht Belt: Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland
The Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities (SPLIA) is now accepting nominations for the SPLIA Endangered Places List. SPLIA is looking for historic buildings or places that are in decline or threatened by development. Postmark deadline for completed nominations is January 31, 2017. [Read more…] about Nominate A Long Island Endangered Historic Place
Mike Smiles has resigned as Executive Director of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM) effective December 31.
Joyce Cameron, who joined LCMM in 2016 as Director of Development and Community Relations, and Deputy Director Erick Tichonuk have been appointed as Co-Executive Directors. Joyce will oversee Administrative Operations and Erick will oversee Museum Operations and Schooner Lois McClure. [Read more…] about New Leadership At Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
A standard in the field since its publication in 1992, A History of Housing in New York City traces New York’s housing development from 1850 to the present in text and profuse illustrations.
Richard Plunz explores the housing of all classes, with comparative discussion of the development of types ranging from the single-family house to the high-rise apartment tower. His analysis is placed within the context of the broader political and cultural development of New York City. [Read more…] about A History of Housing in New York City Revised
In 1899, William Osborne Dapping was a Harvard-bound nineteen-year-old when he began writing down exploits from his rough childhood in the immigrant slums of New York City.
Now published for the first time, The Muckers: A Narrative of the Crapshooters Club (Syracuse University Press, 2016) recovers a long-lost fictionalized account of Dapping’s life in a gang of rowdy boys. Simultaneously a polished work of social reform literature and a rejoinder to the era’s alarming exposés of the “dangerous classes,” The Muckers stands as an important reform era primary document. [Read more…] about The Muckers: A Narrative of the Crapshooters Club
This week on “The Historians” podcast, T. Martin Bennett, author of Wounded Tiger (Onstad Press, 2016). The book is based on the life of Mitsuo Fuchida, the Japanese pilot who led the attack on Pearl Harbor who later converted to Christianity and whose children live in the United States.
Listen to the podcast here. [Read more…] about Ancestor of American Citizens Led Pearl Harbor Attack
The Brentwood Historical Society has made the preservation of the Modern Times School in Brentwood, Suffolk County, Long Island the primary mission of the group for the past five years.
In 2016, the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation awarded a grant in the amount of $72,290.00 for preservation, matching funds already raised by the historical society. The grant is expected to allow work to start. [Read more…] about Preservation of Unique Long Island Schoolhouse Underway
Fort Ticonderoga is seeking applicants for the 2017 Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellowship Program, a program designed for students seeking a practical, hands-on internship experience at a historic site and museum with cutting-edge programs.
The Fellowships run from June 12 to August 18, 2017, and include opportunities in Education, Exhibitions, Collections Management, and Interpretation. [Read more…] about Fort Ticonderoga Graduate Fellowship Program
The Copake Iron Works historic site in Taconic State Park has been designated a Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Site.
The recognition, awarded through the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, in partnership with the National Park Service, recognizes the Copake Iron Works as a nationally-significant cultural and natural resource of the Hudson River Valley. [Read more…] about Copake Iron Works Designated National Heritage Site
Daniel Czitrom’s new book New York Exposed: The Gilded Age Police Scandal that Launched the Progressive Era (Oxford University Press, 2016) offers a narrative history of the Lexow Committee, which the author considers the first major crusade to clean up Gotham.
Czitrom tells this story within the larger contexts of national politics, poverty, patronage, vote fraud and vote suppression, and police violence. The effort to root out corrupt cops and crooked politicians morphed into something much more profound: a public reckoning over what New York had become since the Civil War. [Read more…] about New York Exposed: The Lexow Committee