Nellie Bly: Blackwell’s Island And Beyond


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Nellie Bly as a Herald in the 1913 Washington, DC Suffrage Parade

Nellie Bly gained her reputation as a reporter when she exposed poor conditions at the Women’s Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell’s Island. Bly reported on issues of importance to women, producing  an important interview with Susan B. Anthony and covering major events in the suffrage campaign.

A free lecture, Nellie Bly: From Blackwell’s Island to Well Beyond, has been set for Thursday, June 14th at 6:30 pm at the New York Public Library Branch on Roosevelt Island, 525 Main Street. Continue reading

Heritage Hops Benefit Madison Co Historical Soc


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hopsThe Madison County Historical Society’s Heritage Hops Benefit is now underway. Potted hop plants are again available for a five dollar donation. More than 200 hop plants are ready for purchase now.

Varieties available include Cascade and “Hedgerow Hops” from the wild stock of the old hop yards near Bouckville, where commercial hop growing was introduced to New York State in 1808. Continue reading

Bill Hosley: A Long Island History Museum Tour


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We caught the 7 am ferry from New London CT to Orient Point for a day on eastern Long Island (which was part of Connecticut for most of the 17th-century and was economically and cultural connected into the 19th).

Our destination was the Southampton Historical Museum’s 9th annual “Tour of Southampton Homes.” You know – “the Hamptons” – a famous haunt of the 1/10th of 1%.

So how does the work of local history perform in a place like that? The House Tour was awesome and what you might expect – folks with flashy estates opening up their houses to voyeurs like us – at $100pp – a chance to see inside the lifestyle of the astonishingly provisioned. Continue reading

‘Taste of History’ Exhibit at Ten Broeck Mansion


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The Albany County Historical Association (ACHA) and Ten Broeck Mansion have announced the opening of a new exhibit, “Taste of History.”

An opening reception will be held on June 15th from 5 to 7 pm. Explore Albany’s culinary past and present in this journey though food, from the earliest Dutch settlers to modern-day food culture. The exhibit and reception will be held at the King’s Place Gallery at 29 N. Swan Street. Light refreshments will be served. Continue reading