This week on The Historians Podcast, film historian Rob Edelman discusses the new book he has edited From Spring Training to Screen Test: Baseball Players Turned Actors Rob’s wife and retired film professor Audrey Kupferberg has stories of Jewish merchants in the thriving downtown of the 1950s in her native Amsterdam, New York, where the couple lives.
This week on The Historians Podcast, Paul Dixon discusses a children’s book series, The Adventures of Papa Lemon’s Little Wanderers, written by his cousin Lehman Riley and inspired by their African American grandfather.
On Saturday, March 3rd at 12:30 pm, Norm Dann will describe and sign his new book Peter Smith of Peterboro: Furs, Land, and Anguish at the Smithfield Community Center in Peterboro, Madison County, NY.
In the preface of his new book, Dann hypothesizes why there has not been a published biography. Also in the preface Dann explains that his intent of this work is to focus, not so much on what Smith did, but to examine the kind of person that Smith was and how that influenced what he did. Investigating Smith in this way presents him as a tragic figure in the classical sense. [Read more…] about Peterboro’s Peter Smith: Furs, Land, and Anguish
The Oneida County History Center’s winter book sale is set to run Thursday, February 15th through Sunday, February 17th, in the center’s main gallery.
The center’s newly reorganized bookstore stocks over 200 book titles, one-of-kind local history puzzles and merchandise. The public will recieve 10% off all purchases, plus 50% off select titles. Members receive an additional 10% off sale prices. [Read more…] about Local History Book Sale At Oneida Co History Center
This week on The Historians Podcast, Adirondack author Larry Gooley discusses two books he was written about Dannemora Prison in Northern, New York.
His most recent book is Dannemora’s Death House: The Crimes and Fates of 41 Killers Sentenced to Die in Clinton Prison’s Electric Chair.
Listen to the podcast here. Buy the book here. [Read more…] about Dannemora’s Death House Historians Podcast
Albany writer Akum Norder’s new book, The History of Here: A House, the Pine Hills Neighborhood, and the City of Albany (Excelsior Editions, 2018) follows Albany’s Pine Hills neighborhood through more than one hundred years of change.
At its heart is the story of Norder’s 1912 house and the people who built and lived in it. As Norder traced their histories, she came to see the development of her house, her street, and her neighborhood as a piece of Albany’s story. In the lives of its residents, their struggles and triumphs, she saw a reflection of twentieth-century America. [Read more…] about History of Here: Pine Hills Neighborhood in Albany
The Beacon Sloop Club’s 2018 winter lecture series is planned to begin on Thursday January 11th at 7 pm with The Indestructible Man-The True Story of a World War II Hero “Captain Dixie” by Author David Rocco, at the Beacon Sloop Clubhouse, 2 Flynn Drive, in Beacon, NY.
The Indestructible Man is the story of Navy officer Dixie Kiefer, who was an instrumental player in major battles in World War II. Kiefer was the executive officer on the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown at both the Battle of the Coral Sea and Battle of Midway. He was the last man off Yorktown before she sank at Midway. [Read more…] about Beacon Lecture On World War II’s ‘Captain Dixie’
Before she became a Pulitzer-prize winning novelist, Willa Cather was the ghost writer for My Autobiography, a book about the life of literary titan S.S. McClure. When the book was first published in 1914, Cather received no credit for her role.
Today the tables have turned, and as McClure’s name slowly faded from modern memory, Willa Cather rose to the pinnacle of 20th century American fiction. [Read more…] about Willa Cather’s Biography of S.S. McClure Republished
The Chapman Historical Museum in Glens Falls has just published Water & Light: S.R. Stoddard’s Lake George, a new work on the photography of Seneca Ray Stoddard.
The 160-page book features 150 of Stoddard’s photos, as well as some samples of his painting, sketches and cartography.
As a 19th century American photographer, S. R. Stoddard is often ranked with William Henry Jackson and Carlton Watkins, and the quality of his photographic compositions is compared with many of the Hudson River School painters. It is estimated Stoddard took some ten thousand images in the Adirondack Mountains alone. [Read more…] about New Stoddard Photography Book Features Lake George
This week on “The Historians” podcast, Marta McDowell is author of The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Frontier Landscapes that Inspired the Little House Books. McDowell chronicles the life of the popular author and the landscapes where she lived.