Historians Need to Keep Promoting History


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A post here on The New York History Blog last December summarized the work of University of Richmond historian Edward Ayers, who has been proactive in getting history out to the public.

Ayers served as president of the Organization of American Historians, 2017-2018, and in April, at the OAH’s annual meeting, delivered his presidential address, “Everyone Their Own Historian.”

You can see a video of his speech at the OAH website. It is useful because it goes into some of the same issues that the historical enterprise here in New York is confronting. Continue reading

NYC Landmarks Commission Offers Permit Web Map


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The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) has announced the launch of the new Permit Application Finder, an interactive web map that will allow the public to see geographically where LPC permits have been filed and issued and what that work entails.

The Commission has also enhanced its online Permit Application Search, which now gives the public the ability to search by community district and work type. Continue reading

Ulysses S. Grant Biographer To Speak At Grant Cottage


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American UlyssesAuthor Ronald C. White is set to deliver a David H. Porter Memorial Lecture at Grant Cottage near Saratoga on Saturday, June 9 at 3 p.m. Entitled “Ulysses S. Grant: A New Vision for the American Leadership,” White’s lecture is based on his best-selling biography, American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant.

White will offer three episodes from Grant’s life – the Civil War, the presidency, and the writing of his memoirs in his final illness. Continue reading

Je me souviens: Cohoes’s Franco-American Heritage Event


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upstate NY Franco-AmericansOn June 24, 2018, faculty and students from Siena College and their partners from the Spindle City Historic Society are set to host an event to preserve and celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Franco-Americans in Upstate New York.

Like many upstate communities, Cohoes drew French Canadians in search of financial security. Initially some 20 families made the city their home in the 1830s. By 1881 however, Cohoes was the adopted home of over 6,000 Québécois, a number that comprised over a third of the city’s population.

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Putnam Porch Music Series Set For Schoharie Crossing


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Putman Porch Music SeriesSchoharie Crossing State Historic Site’s fourth annual Putman Porch Music series is set to begin on Thursday, June 7th at 6 pm.

This series invites local musicians to come spend an evening on the historic Putman Canal Store porch to jam and enliven the vibe of the former Erie Canal stop off.

Musicians with an interest in American roots, bluegrass and folk music are encouraged to participate. Continue reading

Saranac Lake Memoir: A Small Corner of the ADKs


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finding true northFran Yardley’s new book Finding True North: A History of One Small Corner of The Adirondacks (SUNY Press, 2018) traces the challenges and transformations of Saranac Lake.

In 1968 Fran and Jay Yardley, a young couple with pioneering spirit, moved to a remote corner of the Adirondacks to revive the long-abandoned but historic Bartlett Carry Club, with its one thousand acres and thirty-seven buildings. Continue reading

An Afternoon of ‘Revolutionary Tunes’ in Warwick


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hathorn house illustrationThe Salmagundi Consort is set to present an introduction to popular music of the Hudson Valley in the late 18th century at Albert Wisner Public Library in Warwick, Orange County, NY, on Sunday, June 3 at 2 pm.

Gene Tozzi (hammer dulcimore), Jane Barsumian (violin) and Sona Hairabedian (cello) combine music with reenactment, interspersing their concert with accounts of musical performance of the period. Continue reading

Historic Albany Preservation Awards Announced


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historic albany logoThe Historic Albany Foundation’s 2018 Preservation Merit Awards will be given at the Women’s Club of Albany, 725 Madison Ave, Albany, on Thursday, June 7th at 5:30 pm.

For over 40 years, Historic Albany Foundation has worked to preserve and protect buildings that have architectural, historic or civic value, by providing technical assistance, education, and advocacy. Since 1976, Historic Albany has given annual awards for projects, individuals and organizations that demonstrate excellence and a commitment to preservation techniques and initiatives. Continue reading