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Terror on the Hudson: The Burning of Kingston


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General John BurgoyneTerrorism has been a grim feature of our time, but the tactic is far from new. The Revolutionary War, like every war, was marked by wanton violence. One of the cruelest incidents came in October 1777 when the British attacked the city of Kingston, then the capital of New York State.

A massive enemy invasion in 1776 had driven patriot forces from New York City. The delegates who were in the process of writing a state constitution moved away from the fighting, first to White Plains, then to Fishkill. Continue reading

Am Revolution Seminar at Fort Ticonderoga Call for Papers


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fort ticonderogaFort Ticonderoga has announced they are seeking proposals for the Sixteenth Annual Seminar on the American Revolution to be held Friday-Sunday, September 20-22, 2019.

The Fort Ticonderoga Museum seeks proposals for new research on this critical period of the 18th century from a variety of perspectives and participants. Established scholars, graduate students, and others are encouraged to submit abstracts of papers broadly addressing the origins, conduct, or repercussions of the War for American Independence. Coordinators are especially interested in topics and approaches that engage the international nature of the conflict, representing the variety of peoples and places involved. Continue reading

Notable Women In Long Island History


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long island history project logoBehind every great woman is another great woman and Natalie Naylor is bringing them all to light. Her book Women in Long Island’s Past (History Press, 2012), highlights the accomplished and acclaimed women who have been connected to Long Island over the centuries.

From early Algonquian sunksquaws to 20th century suffragists, from First Ladies to famous flyers, Natalie gives us a wide-ranging look at what women have accomplished on the Island. Just some of the notables include Julia Gardiner Tyler, Ethel Roosevelt Derby, Elinor Smith, and Barbara McClintock. Continue reading

Tim Welch: Wilton NY’s Bicentennial, Grant Cottage


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The Historians LogoThis week on The Historians Podcast, producer Tim Welch discusses his documentary on the history of Wilton, the town that led the economic resurgence of Saratoga County New York in the last half of the 20th century.

Welch also discusses the U.S. Grant Cottage historic site, where he is president of the Friends of Grant Cottage.  View the documentary here.  Listen to the podcast hereContinue reading

New York History Around The Web This Week


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Women’s Rights National Park Marking Juneteenth


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Wesleyan ChapelThe Women’s Rights National Historical Park is set to commemorate Juneteenth on Friday, June 15th and Saturday, June 16th.

In the midst of The Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln declared all enslaved persons in most Southern States freed effective January 1, 1863 with The Emancipation Proclamation. Planters and other enslavers migrated to Texas to escape the fighting, subsequently greatly increasing the enslaved population there prior to the end of the Civil War. The enslaved people of Texas, most of whom were geographically isolated, were read the Emancipation Proclamation on June 19, 1865. The celebration that ensued has been known thereafter as Juneteenth. Continue reading

Westchester Historical Recognizing Historians, Preservationists Saturday


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The Westchester Historical Society is set to recognize historians and preservationists with the Sy Schulman History Award on Saturday, June 16th at 2 pm at the John Jay Homestead, 400 Jay St, Katonah. NY.

Winners of the award have demonstrated a strong commitment to historical research, historic preservation, and/or the teaching of local history, and have, as a result, elevated the public’s appreciation of the history of Westchester County. Continue reading

Moran Studio Reopening in East Hampton, LI


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Thomas Moran & Mary Nimmo Moran StudioThe East Hampton Historical Society, the new stewards of the Thomas & Mary Nimmo Moran Studio, have announced an Opening Celebration to be held on the evening of Friday, July 6, 2018.

The benefit will celebrate the opening of the Moran Studio Exhibition. Located on East Hampton’s Main Street Historic District, this turreted Queen Anne shingled piece of Victorian architectural is a registered National Historic Landmark. Continue reading