In this episode of Someone Lived Here, Kendra Gaylord visits to the Lewis Latimer House in Queens, NY. Lewis Latimer was an inventor and electrical pioneer who shaped the history of objects we still use every day. He was African American, the son of escaped slaves, and also an artist and poet. [Read more…] about Someone Lived Here: Lewis Latimer House in Queens
The Finger Lakes Museum (FLM) has collaborated with Rob Hughes of Big Beams Timber Frames in Cohocton, NY, to offer an Intro to Timber Framing Workshop the week of July 22nd-26th. Sponsored by New Energy Works Timberframers, this five-day class will teach participants the steps to create a structure that will enhance the Creekside Center on the Museum campus. [Read more…] about Timber Framing Workshop at Finger Lakes Museum
The Rome Historical Society has announced its second Tour of Homes event, set for Sunday, July 28th, from noon to 5 pm, in historic Rome and Westernville.
Eight interesting properties and their unique histories will be showcased including three buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This year’s tour includes one of Rome’s churches, a city cultural landmark, and five impressive residential properties including one being presented for a second year by popular demand. [Read more…] about Rome Historical Society’s 2019 Tour of Homes
Someone Lived Here is a non-fiction podcast that tells the stories of New York’s most interesting people, by touring through their homes. Host Kendra Gaylord walks listeners through homes, lighthouses, and mansions while telling of the complicated lives of the women and men who lived there. [Read more…] about New Podcast Tells Stories of New York’s Historic Houses
The most popular genre by far on nighttime television through the 1960s? Westerns. While children were allowed to watch some of them, several shows specifically geared towards the younger set were shown on Saturday morning. Watching heroes — Roy Rogers, the Lone Ranger, and Zorro, three of the best — escape tense situations and catch bad guys was unforgettable.
Among the skills of any cowboy star (or stuntman stand-in) worth his salt were the hurried mounting and high-speed dismounting of horses (usually their own faithful steed, of course). It’s an impressive feat when you consider that horses are pretty high off the ground — which brings us to our main subject: how to get down off a horse. [Read more…] about Once Common Horse Blocks Weren’t Just for Horses and Carriages
Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH), the nonprofit historic preservation organization for the Adirondacks and North Country, still has openings on several outings that are part of their ambitious annual tour series.
The organization’s in-depth outings explore unique, historic, and often private, places across Northern New York, including camps, homes, roadside attractions, industrial communities, and many more. [Read more…] about Adirondack Architectural Tours Still Have Openings
Newburgh is the first expansion for Urban Archive outside of New York City. Urban Archive, a technology non-profit, had their start in 2016 working with three institutional partners and only a few hundred archival photographs. [Read more…] about Urban Archive App Adds Newburgh Locations
“Dwellings of the Enslaved and Freed in the City and Town of Rye,” will be the topic of a program at the Jay Heritage Center this Sunday, June 9th, beginning at 2 pm.
Participants can learn more about the places where enslaved men, women and children lived, worked, and died in the City and Town of Rye before and after Emancipation. There will be a focus on the original Jay Estate on the Post Road in Rye, and the recent archaeological discovery of a Dutch brick building on the property by Prof. Eugene Boesch and a group of volunteers.
Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH), the historic preservation organization for the Adirondack Park region, has opened nominations for its 2019 Preservation Awards.
For over 23 years, this annual awards program has recognized the sensitive restoration, rehabilitation, and adaptive reuse of historic structures throughout the region, and highlighted individuals who have promoted historic preservation revitalization efforts in their communities. The awards honor the preservation work of organizations, municipalities, and individuals who make the Adirondack region a better place to live, work, and visit. [Read more…] about Adirondack Preservation Awards Nominations Sought
Cynthia S. Brenwall’s new book The Central Park: Original Designs for New York’s Greatest Treasure (Abrams, 2019), with a forward by architecture critic Martin Filler, is a virtual time machine, drawn from the collections of the NYC Municipal Archives, that takes a journey through Central Park as it was originally envisioned.