The Iroquois or Haudenosaunee are a historically powerful northeast Native American confederacy in North America. Storytelling is an important component of Haudenosaunee culture. Oral traditions and legends have been passed from generation to generation, teaching communities how to live, act, and care for one another, as well as how to manage during the unpredictable seasons. [Read more…] about Haudenosaunee Folklore & Indigenous Tales in Utica
Upcoming History Related Events in New York State
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The Buffalo History Museum is set to welcome Tyler Bagwell, local folk singer and writer, on Wednesday, November 6th, at 6 pm, for “Low Bridge, Everybody Down: Buffalo’s Story in Song.”
The program is a history of Buffalo from 1812-1912 told through the battle dirges, lake shanties, murder ballads, canal hollers, underground railroad songs, and courting tunes of that period. [Read more…] about A Folk Singer & Writer Interprets Buffalo’s History
TAUNY (Traditional Arts in Upstate New York), has invited the public to shop for products made by local artists and makers this season at the annual North Country Folkstore Holiday Showcase, set for November 2nd through December 31st at The TAUNY Center in Canton.
This showcase is a temporary expansion of the Folkstore during the holiday season and features a wide variety of additional locally-made products in The TAUNY Center’s first floor gallery space. From the expansive collection of handmade textiles, handcrafted woodwork, unique jewelry, children’s gifts, ceramics, locally made food products, and more. [Read more…] about TAUNY’s North Country Folkstore Holiday Showcase
The Rome Historical Society Annual Dinner has been set for Saturday, November 9th at the Delta Lake Inn, 8524 Fish Hatchery Road in Rome, NY. Cocktail hour begins at 6 pm, with the Dinner and Program beginning at 7 pm.
At this year’s dinner the Society will award the Medal of the Order of 1777 to Peter Leonard. The Medal of the Order of 1777 is the Society’s highest award and given annually to the person who “in conduct of life and effort, exemplifies the highest charter purposes of the Society, the finest virtues of citizenship and the ever-reliant qualities of the true patriot. This person is as worthy as the unconquered defenders of Fort Stanwix were in their time and circumstances.” [Read more…] about Peter Leonard Being Feted At Rome Historical’s Annual Dinner
The home of James Edmonston in New Windsor has stood for over 250 years. Rescued in the 1960s by the National Temple Hill Association, the house by that point was a junkyard showroom filled with old car parts. It is now restored, near the New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site.
When General Horatio Gates was assigned the Edmonston home as winter quarters for 1782-83, he wrote General George Washington: “Your Excellency’s Dog kennel at Mount Vernon, is as good a Quarter as that I am now in.” Eyeing the larger and far more refined Ellison House, he expected to be billeted at that nearby property. To please Gates, the senior ranking major general in the Continental Army, Quartermaster General Colonel Timothy Pickering had to evict Surgeon General John Cochran from the Ellison house. Angered by his removal, Cochran challenged the beleaguered Pickering to a duel. [Read more…] about General Gates at Edmonston House, His Former HQ
The Warren County Historical Society is set to hold its annual Open House on Saturday, November 9th from 11 am to 2 pm at its headquarters and museum on 50 Gurney Lane, in Queensbury, NY.
The Society’s new permanent exhibition, “Warren County 360: Celebrating Place and People,” will be featured, along with a display of Warren County postmarks and post office history, as well as a “Hands-On-History” station. The Book and Gift Shop will be open for shopping, and refreshments will be provided. [Read more…] about Warren County Historical Society Open House Nov 7th
Fort Ticonderoga has announced their annual Maze by Moonlight, and the living history event “Nothing Could Exceed the Spirit and Alertness,” set for October 25th and 26th, and October 26th and 27th.
The new 2019 corn maze design features clues connected to Fort Ticonderoga’s story. The maze is divided into two phases, giving guests the chance to gain confidence in the smaller maze before tackling the main maze. The average journey takes about twenty minutes for the first phase, and up to an hour for the second phase. [Read more…] about Fall Fun at Fort Ticonderoga
The Oyster Bay Historical Society has announced a staged reading of “Salt Water People” by American Lore Theater has been set for Sunday, November 3rd, at 2 pm. This event is part of the Waterfront Heroes exhibit, celebrating those who preserve New York’s maritime heritage.
The play, by Jake Rosenberg, loosely based on Peter Matthiessen’s book, Men’s Lives, focuses on the plight of the Baymen of Long Island, and of the Bonackers, descendants of one of the oldest European settlers on Long Island, and their unique and rapidly fading American English dialect. [Read more…] about ‘Salt Water People’ Explores Baymen’s Lives on Long Island
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site will conduct its fifth annual Tuesday Talk series to recognize New York State History Month this November.
Each week a speaker will present on regional or New York State history. All presentations are free and open to the public, and will begin at 6:30 pm in the Enders House adjacent to the Schoharie Crossing Visitor Center, 129 Schoharie Street, Fort Hunter. Refreshments will be provided and donations are appreciated. [Read more…] about NYS History Month Series At Schoharie Crossing
Abraham Lincoln’s presidency was bookended by a pair of railroad trips through the state of New York. His first term began with a pre-inaugural railway tour — his second ended with a funeral train.
Each was a five-day crossing of the Empire State and these two journeys allowed thousands of ordinary Americans first to celebrate, and later to mourn, the president, and became indelibly etched in the memories of those who had the opportunity to stand along parade route.
Drawing on newspaper accounts, memoirs and diaries, Joe Collea’s program (and book) brings to life the two epic and unique moments in both New York’s and the nation’s history. [Read more…] about Lincoln’s Pre-Inaugural and Funeral Trains Talk