A year ahead of the 1920 presidential election former New York Gov. Charles Evans Hughes was considered a likely shoo-in for the Republican nomination, after narrowly losing the last election.
Hughes was New York governor from 1907 to fall 1910, when he resigned to accept nomination as a U.S. Supreme Court associate justice. [Read more…] about A 1920 Election Presidential Front-runner Bows Out
In 1893, Southampton historian William S. Pelletreau wrote that it was “safe to address almost any middle-aged man one might meet as ‘Captain’, for the chances were that he was one.”
Zachary Taylor, curator at the Southampton History Museum, is set to give PowerPoint lecture on sea captains who made Southampton their home, using research and photographs from the Museum’s archive on Saturday, March 7, at 1 pm. [Read more…] about Whaling Captains Lecture in Southampton
The Historical Society of Rockland County’s exhibit “American Modernism: 20th Century Influencers in Rockland” is now on display until Feburary 23rd at the Rockland Center for the Arts, 27 South Greenbush Road, in West Nyack, NY. [Read more…] about American Modernism in Rockland County
All we know for certain about Frank Johnson’s birthdate is that it preceded the passage of the 1799 Gradual Emancipation Act, thereby making him a “slave for life,” as he was called by the man who owned him according to the law. That man, Alexander Bryan Johnson, born in England in 1786, followed his father to Utica, New York arriving in 1801. There he became an important man, involved with the merchandising business, banking, writing, and gaining recognition as a public intellectual. There is still a park named after him in Utica. [Read more…] about Frank Johnson’s Story: An Enslaved Man’s Experiences
Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History is taking a production break. It will be back with all new episodes on April 21, 2020. In the meantime, BFW is featuring some older episodes that will help you get a feel for the vast nature of early American history.
We live in an age of information. The internet provides us with 24/7 access to all types of information—news, how-to articles, sports scores, entertainment news, and congressional votes.
But what do we do with all of this knowledge? How do we sift through and interpret it all?
Alejandra Dubcovsky, an Associate Professor at University of California, Riverside and author of Informed Power: Communication in the Early South (Harvard University Press, 2016), takes us through the early American south and how the Native Americans, Europeans, and enslaved Africans who lived there acquired, used, and traded information.
You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/082
The Time and the Valleys Museum provides two interactive field trips to immerse students in the importance of water to all life, and the history of how water has changed both the environment and our culture over thousands of years.
Guided by trained Museum educators, students handle million year old fossils and Native American artifacts, build tunnels, visit an outdoor 1930s farm with a farm house, barn, milk house and working waterwheel, experience an interactive exhibition on NYC’s water supply system, and more. [Read more…] about Time and the Valleys Interactive K-12 Field Trips
January 15, 2020 is a significant day for adoptees in New York State. Taking effect that day is a state law that gives adult adoptees the right to obtain their own original birth certificates by applying to the Health Department (that right of access is also extended to the descendants of deceased adoptees). It was passed with overwhelming bipartisan support by the Legislature, even ultimately swaying some legislators who’d opposed such a change in past sessions.
For decades, the only way for an adult adoptee to obtain his or her own original birth certificate was by petitioning the court. Such petitions were rarely granted. [Read more…] about A Historic Day Adoptee Rights in NYS
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
While the grounds of Great Camp Santanoni in Newcomb are open to visitors 365 days a year, the buildings are not typically open to the public during winter months.
The exception are designated Winter Weekends, when the rustic historic site is staffed with guides, and snowshoes are provided at the gate for the ten-mile round trip.