The Albany Institute of History & Art is set to host “What is a Waterway Anyway?” with guest speaker Daniel Rinn, PhD candidate at the University of Rochester, on Sunday, January 19th, at 2 pm. This lecture is included with museum admission and part of the New York tour of the Water/Ways exhibition that is currently on view at the Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston, New York (January 11-February 23, 2020). [Read more…] about Historic Waterways Focus of Special Albany Lecture
Remember that long-ago weekly ritual, the trip to the dump with Dad? I’m talking about the 1960s, and maybe in some cases the 1970s. If you’re not old enough to look back that far, you’ll be amazed (appalled) to see how trash, garbage, and another-man’s-treasures were disposed of by most folks.
It was a part of small-town life that we can now look back on and be thankful it has largely vanished. From a child’s perspective, the dump was a mysterious and somewhat scary place that you couldn’t wait to visit, and soon enough couldn’t wait to leave. [Read more…] about Remember Adirondack Dumps? And the Bears?
The Mohawk River has been used as a transportation corridor since the beginning of human settlement. Indigenous people used the river to move east and west, as did the first European explorers and those who followed. The river was shallow and relatively slow flowing. Along the 120-miles between Rome and the Hudson river, there are two waterfalls. The largest of the two is near the eastern end of the river, where the water flows over a 90-foot high falls at Cohoes. At Little Falls the river flows over a series of rapids that are 45-feet in height. [Read more…] about Mohawk River Bridge Dams: Engineering Landmarks
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 Ticonderoga Historical Society has opened the exhibit “Salmon and People,” set to run through June 21, with a free public program on Friday, June 21 at the Hancock House, 6 Moses Circle, Ticonderoga. Provided by the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership, the exhibit celebrates 2019 as the “International Year of the Salmon.” [Read more…] about History of Champlain Salmon Focus of Ti Exhibit
Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake, is set to exhibit approximately 100 pieces of extraordinary taxidermy on loan from private Adirondack collections and camps as well as mounts, photographs, and manuscript materials from its own collection, beginning May 24th. [Read more…] about Taxidermy in the Adirondacks Exhibit
I don’t think there’s a more magnificent forest tree or more glorious shade tree than the sugar maple (Acer saccharum); a deciduous tree that matures in 30-50 years, generally growing to between 70 and 90 feet tall, with a crown that turns a brilliant, fiery yellow, orange, or red at summer’s end. The sugar maple is the official state tree of New York, Vermont, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. It’s also the national tree of Canada. And the maple leaf is the Canadian national emblem. [Read more…] about Maple Sugaring Has A Long History
Lisa Holst, Rare Fish Unit Leader in the Bureau of Fisheries at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, will present “Adirondack Fish Stories” on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 in Reamer Auditorium, at Union College. Refreshments will be served at 5 pm, with the presentation at 5:30 pm. This event is free and open to the public. [Read more…] about Rare Fish Expert To Present Adirondack Fisheries History
Fifty years ago this month, John Vliet Lindsay, 103rd mayor of New York and national paragon of urban progressivism, faced ruin in Rego Park.
The worst winter storm in in almost two decades hit on Sunday, February 9, 1969, dumping 15 inches in Central Park and 20 inches out at Kennedy Airport in Queens and resulting in the deaths of 42 people. Seventy-two hours later, much of the city was dug out and businesses and schools were slowly getting back to normal.
What secrets lurk in the depths of Lake Ronkonkoma on Long Island? In our interview with Evelyn Vollgraff, president of the Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society, we discuss the development of this area from Indian settlement to early 20th-century resort. Located near the geographical center of the island and its largest freshwater lake, Ronkonkoma has been a prominent landmark for centuries. Also joining us is Danielle Campbell of News Channel 12 who, through her own reporting, has highlighted the uniqueness of the region. [Read more…] about Lake Ronkonkoma: The Long Island History Project