The Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell, Vermont (near the New York border) is set to host a book discussion and learning program on Christopher Wren’s book, Those Turbulent Sons of Freedom: Ethan Allen’s Green Mountain Boys and the American Revolution, on Saturday, June 8th. [Read more…] about ‘Turbulent Sons of Freedom’ Discussion at Mt. Independence
Dr. Albert Zambone is set to give a presentation on how Daniel Morgan helped secure the victory at the Battles of Saratoga, on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 2 pm at Saratoga National Historical Park.
By the end of his life, Daniel Morgan had variously been brigadier general of the Continental Army, major general of the Virginia Militia, a winner of the Congressional Gold Medal, a congressman, and architect of what has been called the “American Cannae” (a type of pincer military maneouvre) at the battle of Cowpens. But one of the most important achievements was to be one of the many architects of the victory at Saratoga. [Read more…] about Daniel Morgan and the Victory at Saratoga
Pulitzer-prize winning historian David McCullough’s new book The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West (Simon & Schuster, 2019) is a good example of local and regional history well told.
The title is somewhat expansive. The book really is not about pioneers generally or the west as a whole. It is mostly about the development of Marietta, Ohio, the surrounding region, and to some degree the state of Ohio and the Northwest Territory. But some of its insights presented by McCullough may be applicable to the development of the western part of the country as a whole. [Read more…] about David McCullough’s The Pioneers: A Model of Local History
Author Karen Foresti Hempson is set to discuss her new book Bean Pickers: American Immigrant Portraits, which shares eight true-life portrayals that focus on the Italian-Americans who begin their American lives as summer bean pickers, on Wednesday, June 5th at 5:30 pm, at the Oneida County History Center, 1608 Genesee Street, Utica. [Read more…] about Bean Pickers: Italian Immigrant Portraits in Utica
Bethesda Episcopal Church in Saratoga Springs, established in 1830, has published A History of Bethesda Episcopal Church: Worship and Healing in Saratoga Springs, New York. [Read more…] about A New History of Bethesda Episcopal in Saratoga
Paul G. Schneider Jr’s new book Everything Worthy of Observation: The 1826 New York State Travel Journal of Alexander Stewart Scott (SUNY Press, 2019) offers a firsthand account into early-nineteenth-century New York State and Lower Canada during a time of enormous growth and change.
In the pre-dawn of August 2, 1826, Alexander Stewart Scott stepped aboard the steamboat Chambly in Quebec City, Canada. He was beginning a journey that not only took him across New York State but also ultimately changed his view of America and her people. [Read more…] about The 1826 Travel Journal of Alexander Stewart Scott
Mary E. Corey’s new book Political Life and Times of Matilda Joslyn Gage (Paramount Market Publishing, Inc, 2019), looks at the life of advocate, activist, intellectual, and leader, Matilda Joslyn Gage.
From her first convention speech in 1852 to the publication of her magnum opus, Woman, Church and State, her speeches, writings, and advocacy were and remain an education in women’s history. Gage’s greatest contribution to the women’s movement rests on her scholarship, based on careful research, well documented and written in the best scholarly manner of its time. [Read more…] about New Book: Political Life and Times of Matilda Joslyn Gage
The new book The Majestic Nature of the North: Thomas Kelah Wharton’s Journeys in Antebellum America through the Hudson River Valley and New England (SUNY Press, 2019), edited by Steven A. Walton and Michael J. Armstrong, is the illustrated nineteenth-century travel diaries of artist, educator, and architect Thomas Kelah Wharton, documenting his trips in the lower Hudson River Valley and New Orleans to Boston and back. [Read more…] about An 1830s Hudson River Valley Travel Diary
Laurence M. Hauptman’s new book Coming Full Circle: The Seneca Nation of Indians 1848-1934, (University of Oklahoma Press, 2019) traces Seneca history through the New Deal, beginning with events leading to the Seneca Revolution in 1848.
Based on the author’s nearly fifty years of archival research, interviews, and applied work, Coming Full Circle shows that Seneca leaders in these years learned valuable lessons and adapted to change, thereby preparing the nation to meet the challenges it would face in the post–World War II era, including major land loss and threats of termination. [Read more…] about Coming Full Circle: The Seneca Nation of Indians 1848-1934
Evan Friss’s new book Bicycles: A 200-Year History of Cycling in New York City (Columbia University Press, 2019) traces the colorful and fraught history of cycling in New York City.
Subways and yellow taxis may be the icons of New York transportation, but it is the bicycle that has the longest claim to New York’s streets: two hundred years and counting. Never without controversy: 1819 was the year of the city’s first bicycle and its first bicycle ban. Debates around the bicycle’s place in city life have been so persistent not just because of its many uses ― recreation, sport, transportation, business ― but because of changing conceptions of who cyclists are. [Read more…] about A 200 Year History of Cycling in NYC