In this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, Sam White, an Associate Professor at The Ohio State University and author of A Cold Welcome: The Little Ice Age and Europe’s Encounter (Harvard University Press, 2017), joins us to explore the Little Ice Age and how it impacted initial European exploration and colonization of North America. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/189
The Dutch Settlers Society’s annual meeting has been set for June 23 at the Brouwer House 14 North Church Street in Schenectady’s Stockade District. Continue reading
The coalition Preserve Algonquin Park, Town of Newburgh Historian Joe Santacroce, and the Newburgh Historical Society have partnered to share the history of Orange Mills in Newburgh, and the development of Algonquin Park that surrounds it with a walking tour through the scattered gunpowder ruins on June 16th at 2 pm. Continue reading
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
A restored 1926 O.J. Childs Fire Truck is set to be on display in Utica from June 14-17, 2018 courtesy of the Richmond, Michigan Volunteer Fire Dept.
The truck was built in Utica and is one of several fire apparatus built by the O.J. Childs company. The truck will visit several facilities throughout the area to share the history of the company and the trucks they built. Continue reading
The 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
On Saturday, June 16, the Albany Rural Cemetery wil host a Women’s History Walking Tour as part of the 2018 NYS Path Through History Weekend.
The tour will make about a dozen stops featuring abolitionists, poets, Civil War nurses, the first woman admitted to the New York State Bar Association, and more. Continue reading
The third Saturday in June is Destroyer Escort Day. On Saturday, June 16th, USS Slater will pay homage to the Destroyer Escort (DE) sailors killed in World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Cold War years and to the fifteen Destroyer Escorts lost in action.
There will be a ceremony to honor and remember Destroyer Escorts and their sailors at 9 am at USS Slater. Continue reading
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
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