In this episode of Ben Franklin’s World, Bruno Paul Stenson, a historian and musicologist with the Château de Ramezay historic site in Montréal, joins us to discuss how the American Revolution played out in Canada. [Read more…] about Road Trip: Montréal, Château Ramezay
It’s time to start looking ahead to July 4, 2026. That date marks the 250th anniversary of the establishment of the United States of America. The Founding Fathers regarded their creation as an experiment. They knew they were undertaking something never before undertaken on such a scale. They knew it might fail. [Read more…] about The American Revolution 250th: What Is New York Doing?
Lakes to Locks Passage is set to host a public informational meeting for the Champlain Bridge Roadway Improvements Project on Thursday, July 18, 2019, from 4 to 7 pm, at the Crown Point State Historic Site Pavilion.
This is an opportunity for the public to attend an open-house style informational meeting. There will be multiple displays of project information and the draft design approval document presenting the proposed project. There will also an opportunity to provide input and written comments. [Read more…] about Crown Point Historic Site Roadway Plans Being Considered
Over at the New York History Blog Facebook Page we recently asked the following question:
Which battle in New York State’s history had the most significant impact on the state?
The answers were surprisingly varied and included answers from the 1643-45 Kieft’s War (the war between New Netherland settlers and the Native inhabitants of Hudson River Valley also known as the Wappinger War) to the Anti-Rent War of 1839–1845.
We’ve reviewed the suggestions, and came up with a short list of five battles* which stand out as the most important to us (with short descriptions from Wikipedia) – what do you think? [Read more…] about Which NYS Battle Was Most Significant For The State?
How is a “state” produced?
Is “the state” something everyone can participate in producing?
In this episode of Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History Ryan Quintana, an Associate Professor of History at Wellesley College and the author of Making a Slave State: Political Development in Early South Carolina (University of North Carolina Press, 2018), joins us to answer these questions with a look at the creation and development of the State of South Carolina. [Read more…] about Making the State of South Carolina
“The Kept Private,” a documentary play based on findings from a survey of an African American burial ground in Rhinebeck, NY will be performed this weekend February 9-10, 2019, at the Jay Heritage Center, in Rye, NY.
The play reveals the real life struggle of a 93-year-old African American man to claim his rightful pension for three years of service in the Revolutionary War, through the Battles of Harlem and White Plains. It is produced by the Storyhorse Documentary Theatre. [Read more…] about Documentary Play Highlights Black Rev War History at Jay Heritage
Fraunces Tavern Museum in Manhattan, will present a lecture by Colin G. Calloway, author of The Indian World of George Washington (Oxford Univ. Press, 2018) about Native American land, power, people that shaped George Washington’s life at key moments, and also shaped the early history of the nation.
Calloway is John Kimball Jr. 1943 Professor of History and Native American Studies at Dartmouth College. His previous books include A Scratch of the Pen and The Victory with No Name. [Read more…] about The Indian World of George Washington Lecture in NYC
We are in the midst of the bicentennial of the construction of the Erie Canal. It began on July 4, 1817, in Rome and ended eight years later with the Wedding of the Waters on November 4, 1825 in New York Harbor.
In 2017, the World Canals conference was held in Syracuse in honor of the bicentennial. One would think that the eight-year commemoration provides ample time to develop Paths through History along the Erie Canal. There could be multiple paths as people returned each summer for another conference and tour. Forts Plain and Ticonderoga both have annual American Revolution conferences with tours. [Read more…] about History, REDC Funding and New York State Canals
Knox’s Headquarters in Vails Gate has announced a celebration of George Washington’s birthday on Sunday, February 17th.
Tours of the headquarters will be held at 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm, with a small cannon firing at 11:45 am, 1:45 pm, and 3:45 pm. [Read more…] about Washington’s Birthday at Knox’s Headquarters
2018 marks the 241st anniversary of the American victory at the Battle of Saratoga and the 240th anniversary of the Franco-American Alliance. But was the victory that prompted the French to join the American war effort, truly the “turning point” of the War for Independence?
In this episode of Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History, National Book Award-winner Nathaniel Philbrick joins us to explore the two events he sees as better turning points in the American War for Independence: Benedict Arnold’s treason and the French Navy’s participation in the war. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/208