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Newburgh Historical Society Concert Planned


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pianoforteMusic for Mother’s Day concert featuring nineteenth-century music has been set for Saturday, May 12th at 2 pm, at the 1830 Captain David Crawford House, located on 189 Montgomery Street in Newburgh, NY.

Music will be performed lived by Christopher Brellochs, Cynthia Peterson, and Elizabeth Gerbi. The trio specializes in music of nineteenth century America, developing programs that capture the unique history of each mansion where they perform. Continue reading

History Hike: Hudson River’s Iona Island


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iona island courtesy DEC/Hudson river national estuarine research reserveDoc Bayne is set to lead a ‘History Hike’ at Iona Island, in the Hudson River below Bear Mountain, on Saturday May 12th from 10 am to 2 pm.

A major US Navy arsenal from 1900 to 1946, complete with explosions and the famous “Mothball Fleet” following World War II, Iona Island has a story that goes back to prehistory.

Bayne will cover evidence of Native American use of the island; the colonial farms and settlements when Iona was known as Salisbury Island and, later, Weygant’s Island; and the 1800s, when it attracted tourists with an amusement park, hotel and picnic grounds. Continue reading

Glimmerglass: Hyde Hall in Cooperstown Lecture


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Hyde HallJohn Bower, Hyde Hall Marketing Manager, is set to present an illustrated discussion of the history and preservation of Historic Hyde Hall, a fifty-room mansion in Cooperstown designed by Albany’s celebrated architect Phillip Hooker, on Saturday, May 5th at 1 pm.

This National Landmark and New York State Historic Site was built between 1817 and 1834 by George T. Clarke and served as home to five generations of the Clark Family. Hyde Hall was acquired by New York State for the development of Glimmerglass State Park in 1963 and today is operated by Hyde Hall Inc. as a house museum and regional culture center. Continue reading

Lessons From Ulster County’s History Conference


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Vintage Ulster County Map (1897) New Ulster County Historian Geoff Miller spent his first year getting the lay of the land, and getting to know his fellow local historians.

As a follow-up, he helped convene a team of municipal historians and county historical society members to organize an Ulster County history conference.

The theme was resources (not local history stories) and addressed the resources available to the history community of Ulster County at the state, regional, and county level.  Continue reading

Revolutionary War Camp at Night at New Windsor


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A night of Revolutionary War military drills, musket firings and other period activities has been set for Saturday, May 19th from 7 to 9:30 pm at the New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site.

The New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site features authentically reconstructed log huts that were commissioned by the Town of New Windsor, New York during the Bicentennial of the American Revolution to highlight their historic property, encompassing a large portion of the 1782-83 final winter encampment of the northern Continental Army. Continue reading

Timothy Leary Project: Inside A Counterculture Experiment


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The Timothy Leary ProjectOn Saturday, May 19 from 1 to 1:45 pm, the Millbrook Library will host New York State Historian Devin Lander and archivist Jennifer Ulrich as they discuss her journey into the infamous Timothy Leary’s archives and her efforts to compile them into a book.

It has now been 50 years since Timothy Leary lived in Millbrook, where he and his colleagues — most notably Richard Alpert (now Ram Dass) and Ralph Metzner — established one of the most famous and influential centers in communal living, spiritual awakening, and psychedelic experimentation of the 1960s. Continue reading

Middletown (Delaware Co) 2018 Historical Events


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Historical Society of Middletown LogoThe Historical Society of Middletown (Delaware County) has announced their schedule of talks, tours and special activities planned for 2018.

The season will start with a friendly battle of wits when HSM sponsors its first Trivia Challenge Saturday, May 5 at 7 pm at its hall, 778 Cemetery Rd., in Margaretville. Teams of two and four will compete for awards. Door prizes and libations will be offered. Register your team ($25 per person) at (845) 586-4689. Continue reading

Long Island Historians’ Summit Announced


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long island historians summitThe Long Island Historian Summit has been set for Saturday, June 30, 2018, and will provided historians an  opportunity to discuss challenges, opportunities and experiences relevant to their positions.

Speakers and moderators will include New York State Historian Devin Lander, Assistant Commissioner for Archives and New York State Archivist Thomas J. Ruller, the Suffolk County Historian, and historians from the Town of North Hempstead, Village of Southampton, Town of Brookhaven and Dr. Georgette Grier-Keys, President, Board of Trustees of Association of Suffolk County Historical Societies. Continue reading