In his new book Dagger John: Archbishop John Hughes and the Making of Irish America (Cornell University Press, 2019) biographer John Loughery tells the story of John Hughes, son of Ireland, friend of William Seward and James Buchanan, founder of St. John’s College (now Fordham University), builder of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue, pioneer of parochial school education, and American diplomat. [Read more…] about Dagger John: Archbishop John Hughes and Irish America
Recent Books Related to New York History
Authors and publishers of new books related to New York’s history can have their books noticed on the The New York History Blog by following the submission guidelines HERE.
Diana S. Waite’s new book The Architecture of Downtown Troy: An Illustrated History (Excelsior Editions, 2019) tells the forgotten but surprising stories of the many significant buildings in downtown Troy, New York.
Located about 150 miles north of Manhattan, on the east bank of the Hudson River, the city of Troy, New York, was once an industrial giant.
It led the nation in iron production throughout much of the nineteenth century, and its factories turned out bells and cast-iron stoves that were sold the world over. Its population was both enterprising and civic-minded.
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Tudor City, the massive apartment complex on the far east side of midtown Manhattan, is often referred to as a city-within-a-city. Considered by some an architectural masterpiece, it was created by real estate developer Fred F. French. It’s said to be the first residential skyscraper complex in the world.
Beyond its sheer size — immense for its time — Tudor City set a pattern for urban residential development by creating from scratch what was designed to be an essentially self-sustaining community. The ways in which money was raised to build Tudor City in the 1920s made the complex an important milestone in the history of real estate development. [Read more…] about Tudor City: A Historic Manhattan Enclave
Brad Kolodny’s new book Seeking Sanctuary: 125 Years of Synagogues on Long Island (Segula Publishing, 2019) provides an history, inventory, and photo archive of every synagogue, past and present, in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. [Read more…] about 125 Years of Synagogues on Long Island
Early Americans asked and grappled with these questions during the earliest days of the early republic. [Read more…] about Birthright Citizenship
The New York State Museum is set to hold a book talk and gallery tour, focusing on the Erie Canal, on Wednesday, September 25th, from 6 to 8 pm.
Before the presentation, exhibit curator and Senior Historian Brad Utter will lead a themed exhibit tour of Enterprising Waters: New York’s Erie Canal in the South Hall of the Huxley Theatre. Utter will highlight what travel was like for tourists, travelers, and canalers. Highlighting artifacts and images in the exhibit, he will also discuss some of the popular tourist destinations in and around the canal in the 1800s. [Read more…] about Erie Canal Book Talk and Gallery Tour at NYS Museum
Saratoga National Historical Park Ranger and Historian Eric Schnitzer is set to give a talk on his newly released book, Don Troiani’s Campaign to Saratoga – 1777, on Thursday, October 3rd at the Fort Plain Museum.
The Battles of Saratoga are cited as the turning point in the Revolutionary War. Historical painter Don Troiani and historian Eric Schnitzer combine their talents in this new book on Saratoga, the Revolutionary War campaign. This illustrated history features many new artworks, previously unpublished eyewitness accounts, photographs of important artifacts, and a solid, detailed historical narrative including background on the campaigns leading up to Saratoga. [Read more…] about Campaign to Saratoga 1777 Book Talk, Signing
Inhabited by the Mohicans before Europeans arrived (before 1651), Kinderhook, in Columbia County, NY, has an intriguing historical past.
Lisa LaMonica’s new book Kinderhook: Images of America (Arcadia Publishing, 2019), which is set to publish in August 2019, looks at one of the oldest towns in New York State and its significance to our nation’s history and culture. [Read more…] about New Book Of Kinderhook History
The 2nd Albany Book Festival, hosted by the New York State Writers Institute at the University at Albany, is set for Sat., September 14. Featured authors include National Book Award winner Joyce Carol Oates, Pulitzer Prize winner Eric Foner, Jamaica Kincaid, Dani Shapiro, Madhur Jaffrey, Sylvia Day, Jonathan Santlofer, Will Schwalbe, Harold Holzer.
Also on hand will be dozens of other critically acclaimed and bestselling authors on a diverse range of genres including history, memoir, cooking, gardening, romance, depression, running, and mental health, plus more than 100 local authors and exhibitors. All events are free and open to the public. [Read more…] about Albany Book Fest Bringing Big Name Authors, Local Writers
Author Kathleen “Chip” Twellman Haley’s new book, Rome Through Our History, Volume II, includes 51 recent columns on Rome, NY history.
As a volunteer for the Rome Historical Society, Haley has written hundreds of local history columns that have been published in the Seven-Day Sentinel. In 2016 she published the first collection of her columns. This second book includes columns including those about John Philip Sousa’s performance in Rome; Rome’s historic homes and other buildings; the pilot who landed the first B-52, Mohawk Valley, at Griffiss; the local Underground Railroad; the Alley Oop statue at Griffiss; and more. [Read more…] about New Rome, NY History Volume Published