Legendre was descended from the Amsterdam, New York, Sanfords who made a fortune in the carpet industry. [Read more…] about Gertrude Sanford Legendre: Heiress, Explorer, Socialite, Spy
This week on The Historians Podcast, the guest is World War II historian Sinclair McKay of the United Kingdom who is author of The Fire and the Darkness: The Bombing of Dresden, 1945. The book also details the rebuilding of Dresden, which was located in Communist East Germany after the war. [Read more…] about The Bombing of Dresden, Germany (Podcast)
Evelyn Nesbit, a chorus girl in the musical “Florodora,” dined alone with the architect Stanford White in his townhouse on 24th Street in New York in 1901. Nesbit was just sixteen years old and had recently moved to the city. White was forty-seven and a principal in the prominent architectural firm McKim, Mead & White.
As a foremost architect of his day, he had a measure of celebrity, and the responsibility for designing countless landmark buildings in Manhattan. That evening, after drinking champagne, Stanford White raped her Evelyn Nesbit. [Read more…] about New Book Explores A Notable NYC Murder Trail
In this episode of Second Look, Chris Brock takes the lead in this interview with Cheri L. Farnsworth, author of a multitude of books about Northern New York history, about her newest book Historic North Country Disasters.
In it, she compiles both the man-made and natural disasters that shocked the North Country in the hundred years between 1850 and 1950. [Read more…] about Historic North Country Disasters (Podcast)
This week on The Historians Podcast, Bob Cudmore’s guest is journalist Buddy Levy is author of Labyrinth of Ice: The Triumphant and Tragic Greely Polar Expedition. The book details the harrowing story of A.W. Greely’s expedition in the 1880s. [Read more…] about 1880s Greely Polar Expedition (Podcast)
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) began on March 31, 1933 under President Roosevelt’s “New Deal” to relieve the poverty and unemployment of the Depression.
Workers built trails, roads, campsites, & dams, stocked fish, built & maintained fire tower observer’s cabins & telephone lines, fought fires, & planted millions of trees. The CCC disbanded in 1942 due to the need for men in WWII. [Read more…] about Adirondack CCC Camps History Talk Set for Oneonta
A new book about Stillwater Fire Tower will soon be available in local stores. Stillwater Fire Tower, A Centennial History … and Earlier (2019, Self-Published) by James Fox, recounts how it came to life as a shiny steel tower in 1919 when fire observers and forest rangers helped protect our forests from the summit. The tower closed and was partially dismantled in 1988.
Rehab of the tower began in 2009. Friends of Stillwater Fire Tower completed an authentic restoration in 2016. The location offers views of the Adirondack High Peaks and the wind turbines on Tug Hill. [Read more…] about Stillwater Fire Tower History Book Published
Prolific Adirondack researcher and writer William J. O’Hern’s new book Adirondack Timber Cruising takes the reader on a journey through the development of timber cruising, logging, and forestry and our relationship to forests.
Martin V. Melosi’s new book Fresh Kills: A History of Consuming and Discarding in New York City (Columbia University Press, 2020) tells the story of Fresh Kills ― a monumental 2,200-acre site on Staten Island ― that was once the world’s largest landfill.
From 1948 to 2001, it was the main receptacle for New York City’s refuse. [Read more…] about Fresh Kills: A History of Consuming and Discarding
This week on The Historians Podcast, professor Peter Ward explores the history of personal cleanliness over the past 400 years in Europe and North America in his book The Clean Body. [Read more…] about History of Personal Cleanliness (Podcast)