Earlier this spring the Manhattan skyline changed rather dramatically. As the front page of the New York Times put it, “A Gleaming Behemoth Rises, for Better or Worse.” It’s called Hudson Yards. Do you think there will ever be an historical society there? What kind of place is it? [Read more…] about Hudson Yards: A Field of Dreams
The Wayne Historians Organization (WHO) has created a website dedicated to the historic sites of Wayne County. Town Historians and representatives of local historical societies have developed an online database of historic sites which includes: museums, historic markers, architectural treasures, churches, schools, cemeteries, industries, transportation, murals, organizations, and much more.
The goal of this project is to create a greater awareness of Wayne County’s unique cultural heritage. [Read more…] about New Wayne County Historic Sites Database
Every other year, Preservation Long Island compiles a list of endangered historic places in need of saving. Sarah Kautz, their Preservation Director, joins The Long Island History Project podcast to discuss the four sites chosen for 2019.
From a family farm in East Patchogue to a life saving station on Fire Island, each of these sites presents a unique case study in Long Island’s history and the many challenges involved in preserving historic structures. [Read more…] about Preservation Long Island’s Endangered Historic Places
The University at Albany Department of Geography and Planning has developed, in partnership with Albany Rural Cemetery, a new mobile database using GIS (Geographic Information Systems) which gives visitors to the cemetery the ability to link to grave locations, burial records, biographies, and photos via smartphone, tablet, or other device. [Read more…] about New Albany Rural Cemetery Tour App Available
The Madison County Historical Society has relaunched the Madison County Heritage journal, which has been dormant since 2015.
The mission of the Madison County Historical Society is to preserve, collect, promote, and exhibit the history of Madison County and to develop programs enhancing that heritage. The Society publishes Madison County Heritage, an annual anthology of essays showcasing aspects of the local past. [Read more…] about Madison County Heritage Journal Relaunched
Ann Carroll Fitzhugh Smith of Peterboro, NY, was inducted into the Circle of Achievement at Memorial Park in Hagerstown MD on Saturday, May 18, 2019. [Read more…] about Ann Smith of Peterboro Added to Maryland Memorial
Newburgh is the first expansion for Urban Archive outside of New York City. Urban Archive, a technology non-profit, had their start in 2016 working with three institutional partners and only a few hundred archival photographs. [Read more…] about Urban Archive App Adds Newburgh Locations
Opened in 1841 to carry canal boats over the Schoharie Creek, Schoharie Aqueduct was one of the major aqueducts of the enlarged Erie Canal. This impressive structure is a centerpiece of the Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site in Fort Hunter. But years of deterioration threaten the stability of the aqueduct and only six of its original 14 stone arches remain. [Read more…] about Steps Taken to Preserve Schoharie Aqueduct
On March 14, 2019 the French and Indian War fortification known as Fort Wood Creek was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Fort Wood Creek, located on the Rome Historical Society’s Fort Bull property, dates to 1756 when it was constructed by the British to replace Fort Bull after it had been attacked and destroyed by 362 French and their Native allies. [Read more…] about Fort Wood Creek Named to National Register
Cynthia S. Brenwall’s new book The Central Park: Original Designs for New York’s Greatest Treasure (Abrams, 2019), with a forward by architecture critic Martin Filler, is a virtual time machine, drawn from the collections of the NYC Municipal Archives, that takes a journey through Central Park as it was originally envisioned.