Earlier this year, a group of project partners – including Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY), the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, the St. Lawrence County Arts Council, the Hammond Barn Quilt Trail Committee, and the Town of Colton Tourism & Beautification Committee – received a New York State Council on the Arts Regional Economic Development (REDC) grant to work on a major project celebrating and promoting barn quilt activity in St. Lawrence County. [Read more…] about St. Lawrence Co Barn Quilt Mural Nears Completion
The Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation next Summer Stroll, Saratoga’s Historic West Side with neighborhood native George DeMers, is set for Sunday, August 25th at 10:30 am. This tour will look at the restored historic West Side, also known as Little Dublin, to learn about Saratoga’s Irish and Italian immigrants who helped shape the history of this unique district. [Read more…] about Saratoga’s Historic West Side Summer Stroll
As part of the New York Times’ 1619 Project, examining the history of race and racism since slavery was introduced into British North America four hundred years ago, D’Angelo Lovell Williams argues that race and racism have long torpedoed efforts to implement universal health care in the United States.
According to Williams, federal policy, starting with the end of the Civil War in 1865, was based on the belief that “free assistance of any kind” to newly freed Blacks would “breed dependence and that when it came to black infirmity, hard labor was a better salve than white medicine.”
Those are beliefs echoed in politics and rhetoric today, but one of the worst racists in the United States Congress at that time, whose views shaped post-Civil War policy, was Samuel Sullivan Cox. During the 38th session of Congress, Cox led opposition against the formation of a Freedmen’ Bureau to assist newly emancipated Africans based on his belief that that African race was doomed to extinction by its inherent inferiority and inability to survive outside of bondage. [Read more…] about Racism’s War On Equality Has A Long History
The NYS Writers Institute is set to welcome filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola for the Albany premiere of a restored and re-edited The Cotton Club, and a conversation with Writers Institute founder William Kennedy, who co-wrote the film’s original screenplay.
The film is set around Cotton Club, a popular New York City nightclub in the 1920s and 1930s, when it was located on 142nd Street and Lenox Avenue. Coppola’s restored and re-edited film adds 30 minutes of footage not in the original release, including several high-energy musical and dance numbers, and an expansion of the black characters’ stories and performances. Coppola spent half a million dollars of his own money re-editing it.
In 1905, Professional baseball player James Bentley “Cy” Seymour (1878-1919), led the National League, and all of professional baseball, in batting with a .377 average, hits with 219 and runs-batted-in with 121 with the Cincinnati Reds. He played for the Cincinnati Reds, Baltimore Orioles, and the New York Giants throughout his career.
After his professional career he worked in wartime jobs in the Speedway shipyards and Bush terminal in New York City. While working in the shipyards, he contracted tuberculosis, and died at his home on September 20, 1919. He was buried in Albany Rural Cemetery, Lot 46, Section 15. [Read more…] about Baseball Legend Cy Seymour’s Final Resting Place
This episode of the podcast Someone Lived Here explores Sailors’ Snug Harbor on Staten Island, for more than a century a charity operated retirement home for sailors.
It was established from the estate of Robert Richard Randall, a noted sea captain, on 160 acres on Staten Island. About 1,000 seafarers lived here at its peak. [Read more…] about Someone Lived Here: Sailors’ Snug Harbor, Staten Island
Camp Woodland was founded in 1939 by a group of idealists inspired by the New Deal who put American democracy into practice by creating an inclusive summer camp for city kids in the Catskills near Phoenicia, NY.
Although detractors would refer to it as “Camp Red” during the McCarthy era, they helped to incubate the folk music movement in America, influenced music in Woodstock, and brought together city and rural communities through the collection and preservation of Catskills folklore and folk music. [Read more…] about New Deal Idealism At Camp Woodland, Near Woodstock
The Schoharie County Historical Society and the Animal Shelter of Schoharie Valley (ASSV) have announced a celebration of all things cats, Catstock, a day of peace, love and whiskers, set for Saturday, August 24th from 10 am to dusk at the Old Stone Fort Museum in Schoharie.
Held on the heels of the 50th Anniversary of the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair, Catstock 2019 will feature live performances by area bands throughout the day, plus food vendors, local artisans, informational booths, purveyors of cat and pet themed items, face painting, children’s games and activities, raffles and more. [Read more…] about Catstock: Peace, Love and Whiskers at Old Stone Fort
This week on The Historians Podcast our guest is Sherri Cash, history professor at Utica College, who talks about the ginseng root, which grew wild in upstate New York in the 18th century. A colonial global trading network shipped ginseng to China, where it was prized as a health tonic, in return for tea. Cash recently gave a talk on the subject at Old Fort Johnson in Fort Johnson, NY.
The Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation is set to host the second of two special presentations on Broadway in the 1970s on Monday, August 19th at 7 pm at The Adelphi Hotel, 365 Broadway.
Carol Godette will present “Fruit of the Looms, Wranglers, & LPs: Broadway in 1976” which highlights Broadway in 1976 and the stores downtown that many still remember. [Read more…] about Broadway, Saratoga in the 1970s