This week’s guest on The Historians Podcast is Ballston Spa author and historian David Fiske who questions the persistent claim that Ballston Spa native and Civil War general Abner Doubleday invented the game of baseball in Cooperstown. [Read more…] about Ballston Spa’s Abner Doubleday and Baseball
Fort Ticonderoga seeks proposals for the Seventeenth Annual Seminar on the American Revolution to be held Friday-Sunday, September 25-27, 2020.
In 2020 Fort Ticonderoga celebrates 200 years since the former garrison grounds were privately purchased and preserved, amongst the earliest acts of battlefield preservation in American History. The significance of the site lays largely in its role in the American Revolution. Scholars today are re-evaluating the military, social, and political events that led to the creation of the United States during the War of Independence. [Read more…] about For Ti American Revolution Seminar Call for Papers
Located one mile south of Schuylerville on Route 4, the Saratoga Surrender Site memorializes British General John Burgoyne’s surrender of his army to American General Horatio Gates after the Battles of Saratoga.
This surrender altered world history and assured America’s victory of the Revolutionary War. [Read more…] about Saratoga Sword Surrender Site Being Dedicated
Fort Ticonderoga holds one of North America’s largest collections of military material culture, covering the colonization of North America and the ensuing colonial conflicts, the Seven Years’ War (a.k.a. French & Indian War), the American Revolution, and the War of 1812. [Read more…] about Featured Collections: Fort Ti’s Early American History Materials
The Seward/Mapes Homestead has announced a talk nineteenth century American health care, set for Thursday, October 24th, from 7 to 9 pm, led by Carolyn Ivanoff.
Ivanoff will examine healthcare in Victorian America, and how Americans were their own doctors and caregivers. [Read more…] about 19th Cent Medicine: Everyone Their Own Doctor
Historian Eric Schnitzer is set to give a presentation on his book Don Troiani’s Campaign to Saratoga – 1777, on Saturday, October 19th, at 2 pm, at the Marshall House, one of the few surviving structures from the Battles of Saratoga.
Don Troiani’s Campaign to Saratoga – 1777 chronicles the British attempt to gain control of the Lake Champlain/Lake George/Hudson River waterways in the early days of the American Revolution. It reveals the real circumstances of the murder of young Jane McCrea, whose death was thought to have helped rally American militia to oppose the British invasion, and the role of the Marshall House as a hospital for the British army. It debunks many myths associated with the campaign such as those related to the figure of British General John Burgoyne (known as Gentleman Johnny). [Read more…] about Unique Illustrated Presentation of Saratoga Campaign, 1777
The Saratoga County History Roundtable is set to present a program entitled “Surgery in Peace and War” on Thursday, October 17th at 7 pm at the Brookside Museum in Ballston Spa.
Dr. Gerald Stulc will discuss surgery techniques and instruments from the Revolutionary War to the early 20th century. [Read more…] about Surgery in Peace and War Program in Ballston Spa
This week’s guest on The Historians Podcast is Eric Schnitzer, Saratoga National Historical Park ranger, who is author of Don Troiani’s Campaign to Saratoga-1777: The Turning Point of the Revolutionary War in Paintings, Artifacts, and Historical Narrative. Don Troiani is an historical and military artist. [Read more…] about 1777 Campaign to Saratoga Podcast
A new historic marker will be dedicated at Rogers Island, in the Hudson River at Fort Edward. The marker commemorates the history of the site where Major Robert Rogers wrote his Rules of Ranging in 1757.
Fort Edward was at one time located in Dutch New Netherlands territory on the ancient Native American route through the Hudson and Champlain Valleys. A trading post was built there in the 1730s by J.H. Lydius.
Fort Edward (1755) was one of the largest military fortifications in North America and a northern outpost of the British Empire. It spanned both Channels of the Hudson River with the main structure on the mainland of the East Channel, a military hospital on the island and a large Royal Block House on a bluff of the West Channel.
During autumn of 1776, Mount Independence and Fort Ticonderoga were being prepared by the American troops for the arrival of the British. At that time, the two garrisons made up one of the largest population centers in the United States.
An illustrated talk, “The Autumn of 1776: Making Preparations to Receive the Enemy,” by historian and site interpreter Paul Andriscin, has been set for Saturday, October 5th, at the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell, Vermont. The program will run from 1 to 2:30 pm. [Read more…] about Autumn of 1776 Talk at Mount Independence