Tag Archives: Agricultural History

18th Century Winter Preparations at Johnson Hall


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harvesting cropsA new program, Hunting and Harvesting: Preparing for Winter in the 18th Century has been set for Saturday, October 6th from 11 am to 4 pm at Johnson Hall State Historic Site.

At 11 am and again at 2:30 pm, historian Paul Supley will display and discuss staple Mohawk Valley crops and harvesting methods used in the 18th century to reap wheat, barley and corn. He will demonstrate the use of such tools as the sickle and flail and discuss the methods used to harvest, process, store and ship these important products. Continue reading

Preservation Long Island Apple Festival September 30th


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long island apple festivalThe 29th annual Apple Festival at Sherwood–Jayne Farm has been set for Sunday, September 30th. From freshly pressed cider and homemade pies, this year’s festival brings apples and much more.

While two of the highlights of the festival are the Apple Pie Baking Contest and Live Apple Pie Auction, there are continuous activities, special programs and apple-related demonstrations throughout the day including: Live Music, Old Fashioned Games and Relay Races, Apple Crafts, Face Painting, Pony and Hay Rides, Apple Pressing with Johnny Appleseed, Apple Cider Tasting, Colonial Cooking Demonstrations, Historic House and Barn Tours, Local Artisans and Vendors for Crafts, Food and Beverages. Continue reading

Antique Engines Festival at Hanford Mills Saturday


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Hatt Parr tractor and Ahrens Fox fire pumperThe 35th annual Dan Rion Memorial Antique Engine Jamboree and Powerfest has been set for Saturday, September 8th from 10 am to 4 pm at the Hanford Mills Museum. The Museum grounds will be filled with the rumbles and whirs of antique tractors, cars, trucks, motorcycles, outboard motors, hit and miss engines, water-cooled and air-cooled gas engines.

The Museum’s Steam Team will be operating the wood-fired steam boiler plant and horizontal and vertical steam engines. Hanford Mills is one of the few historic sites in the country where visitors can see a wood-fired steam boiler and steam engines in operation. Continue reading

American Eden: Botany, Medicine In The Early Republic


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american edenVictoria Johnson’s new book American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garen of the Early Republic (Liveright, 2018) is the untold story of Alexander Hamilton’s ― and Aaron Burr’s ― personal physician, whose dream to build America’s first botanical garden inspired the young Republic.

When Dr. David Hosack tilled what is believed to one of the country’s first botanical gardens in the Manhattan soil more than two hundred years ago, he didn’t just dramatically alter the New York landscape; he left a legacy of advocacy for public health and wide-ranging support for the sciences. Continue reading

New Book On Buffalo’s Waterfront Grain Elevators


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american chartresBruce Jackson’s new book American Chartres: Buffalo’s Waterfront Grain Elevators (Excelsior Editions. 2016) documents Buffalo’s surviving grain elevators, capturing these monumental buildings in all seasons and in various light; from the Buffalo River, the Ship Canal, and Lake Erie; from inside and from the top floors and roofs; in detail.

Invented in Buffalo by Robert Dunbar and Joseph Dart, the city’s first grain elevator went operational in 1843. By the mid-1850s, Buffalo was the world’s largest grain port, and would remain so well into the twentieth century. Grain elevators made Buffalo rich, and they were largely responsible for the development of the Port of New York. Continue reading

Event Features Women’s Role In Chenango Co Cooperative Extension


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cooperative extension of chenango county womenThe Coventry Museum will host a presentation showcasing the historic circle of women leaders from 1915 to the present who helped build the Cooperative Extension of Chenango County. Attendees are asked to bring uniforms, photographs, badges, souvenirs and memories to share, if possible.

This interactive program and slide show will be presented by CCE’s Community Educator Emily Jane Anderson on Tuesday, August 30,  2016, at 6 pm, at the Community Meeting Room of the Coventryville Congregational Church, 113 County Route 27, Coventryville, NY.

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Mabee Farm to Fork Celebrates Agricultural Traditions


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The Schenectady County Historical Society and the Electric City Food Co-op are teaming up to host an evening of local food tastings and live jazz (featuring Roben Kosek Jazz & Blues) inside Mabee Farm’s historic Dutch Barn.

Mabee Farm to Fork will be held on Saturday, September 24, from 5 – 8 pm. Tickets are $25 per person and will include local food tastings prepared by chef Christopher Marney.  A cash bar will be available for alcoholic drinks. Continue reading

Lecture: Mid-Hudson Fruit Growing History


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gomez houseOn Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 1 pm, J. Stephen Casscles will present The History of Fruit Growing in the Mid-Hudson Valley and Local Breeding of new Varieties of Grape, Raspberries, and Strawberries. He will offer for sale and sign copies of his book, Grapes of the Hudson Valley And Other Cool Climate Regions of the United States and Canada. A wine tasting of local vintages follows the presentation. Continue reading

Antique Engine Event at Hanford Mills Museum


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hanaford mills museumAntique tractors, Model A Fords, outboard motors, a 1956 Chevy Belair and a variety of gas and steam-powered engines will be featured at the 32nd Annual Dan Rion Memorial Antique Engine Jamboree and Powerfest at Hanford Mills Museum on Saturday, September 12 from 10 am until 5 pm.

The Museum’s wood-fired steam boiler plant will power horizontal and vertical steam engines. The event also will feature Mill tours, renewable energy exhibits, children’s activities, and live music with the Stoddard Hollow String Band. Continue reading

The Vegetarian Crusade: An American Reform Movement


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ben_franklins_worldIn this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, Adam Shprintzen, Assistant Professor of History at Marywood University and author of The Vegetarian Crusade: The Rise of an American Reform Movement, 1817-1921 (University of North Carolina Press, 2013), takes us on a journey through the origins of vegetarianism and the Vegetarian reform movement in the United States. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/044

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