When we think about colonial American history we think about the colonies of the English, the Dutch, the French, and the Spanish. Rarely do we think about the colonies of the Russians. And yet Russia had colonies in North America. [Read more…] about A History of Russian America
Jerry Kuntz’s new book The Writing Master: The Story of the Gentleman-Thief and Forger, James B. Crosse (Wickham House, 2019) reveals, for the first time, the career of a nineteenth-century criminal mastermind, James B. Crosse.
New research shows Crosse committed many crimes under undetected aliases, including store break-ins, bank robberies, Wall Street stock forgeries, counterfeiting conspiracies, and more. His career revolved around a female blackmailer who matched his capacity for deceit and cunning, Jane Fleming. For several years, his accomplice was a mixed-race slave, Bob Burwell, whom some observers believed to be craftier than Crosse himself. [Read more…] about Writing Master: The Notorious Thief and Forger James Crosse
Before the English settled in Jamestown, Virginia in 1607 or the Dutch settled near Albany, New York in 1615, a group of French-speaking, Catholic settlers established a settlement in Nova Scotia in 1605.
By 1755, nearly 15,000 Acadians lived in Acadia. [Read more…] about The Acadian Diaspora
Longtime Glens Falls Post-Star reporter Maury Thompson will present a program on local figure Charles Evans Hughes on April 12th in Ticonderoga.
Hughes served as Governor of New York from 1907 until 1910. After serving as governor, Hughes was a U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice. He resigned from the Court in 1916 to accept the Republican nomination for President, losing by a narrow margin to incumbent Democrat Woodrow Wilson. He would go on to serve as U.S. Secretary of State and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. [Read more…] about Charles Evans Hughes Lecture In Ticonderoga
The new book Howell’s Storm: New York City’s Official Rainmaker and the 1950 Drought by Jim Leeke (Chicago Review Press, 2018) is a fascinating account of an untold New York tale of how Dr. Wallace E. Howell was hired to create rain during a 1950 drought.
Using a scientific method that he called “rain stimulation,” Howell undertook a $50,000 project that yielded still-controversial results. Complete with photographs of Howell during the unpredictable snow storm of April 1950 and New York citizens during the record-breaking Thanksgiving flooding, Leeke describes the history and legal ramifications of experimental meteorology through the story of one remarkable New York year. [Read more…] about Howell’s Storm: NYC’s Official Rainmaker
Historians use archives to create the histories we love to read, watch, and listen to. So we’re going into one archive to investigate how historians use them and to discover more about the religious lives of the Adams Family. [Read more…] about The Religious Lives of the Adams Family
Christopher Klein, author of When the Irish Invaded Canada: The Incredible True Story of the Civil War Veterans Who Fought for Ireland’s Freedom (Doubleday, 2019), is set to share the true story of the Civil War veterans who fought for Ireland’s freedom by launching attacks on Canada, on Monday, April 8 at 6:30 pm at the American Irish Historical Society in New York City. [Read more…] about Fenian Irish Raids On Canada Historian Speaking In NYC
Of these five victims, evidence points to Crispus Attucks falling first, and of all the victims, Crispus Attucks is the name we can recall. Why is that? [Read more…] about Crispus Attucks: The First Martyr of Liberty
The new book The Majestic Nature of the North: Thomas Kelah Wharton’s Journeys in Antebellum America through the Hudson River Valley and New England (SUNY Press, 2019), edited by Steven A. Walton and Michael J. Armstrong, features the travel diaries of nineteenth-century artist, educator, and architect Thomas Kelah Wharton, documenting his trips in the lower Hudson River Valley and New Orleans to Boston and back. [Read more…] about 19th Century Hudson River, New England Travel Diaries Published
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