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Civil War Weekend Planned For Grant Cottage


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Blue Armed RidersTickets are now available for the Civil War Weekend, a fundraiser for The Friends of the Ulysses S. Grant Cottage, which will be held on August 11 and 12 at D.A. Collins’ Ballard Road property in Wilton.

This official bicentennial celebration event of the Town of Wilton will include dozens of Civil War era reenactors. Camp life, infantry, artillery, cavalry drills, battles, and firing demonstrations will bring the period to life. The Iron Jacks, 77th NY Regimental Balladeers, and Veterans in the New Field will provide musical performances during the weekend. Children’s activities, book signings, military artifact displays, food and vendors will offer a weekend full of learning for all ages. Continue reading

Decoration Day Ceremony at the Old Stone Fort


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old stone fort museum logoOn Wednesday, May 30 at 6 pm the Old Stone Fort Museum is set to host members of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War for a traditional Decoration Day ceremony on the lawn of the Revolutionary War stone fort.

With the help of the public, the graves of Civil War soldiers will be decorated with flowers and the Schoharie County American Legion Honor Guard will honor veterans of America’s other wars.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of Decoration Day, now known as Memorial Day. Continue reading

Grant Cottage Opening With New Exhibits


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red chess setU.S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site is set to open for the 2018 season on Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28, with new exhibits and the return of a popular program highlighting Cottage caretaker and Civil War veteran Oliver Pendelton Clarke and his wife Martha.

A new exhibit in the Grant Cottage Visitor Center, “Let Us Have Peace: Reconstruction and the 1868 U.S. Presidential Election,” celebrates the 150th anniversary of Ulysses Grant’s first run for President. The exhibit includes items such as a period ballot box, tintype photos, 1868 ballots, and publications covering the election.

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Adirondack Regiment Focus Of Ogdensburg Round Table


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118th NY Volunteer InfantryPete Gilbert Jr. is set to lead a round table discussion on the 118th New York Volunteer Infantry, on Sunday, March 25th at 2 pm at the Ogdensburg Public Library.

The 118th New York Volunteer Infantry, or “Adirondack Regiment,” was formed with enlistees from Clinton, Essex, and Warren counties in 1862, and eventually took part in the Peninsula Campaign, the Bermuda Hundred Campaign, and the battles of Cold Harbor, Petersburg, the Crater, and Richmond. Continue reading

History Mystery: What Happened To Solomon Northup?


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young Harriet Tubman, who served as a spy and scout during the Civil War Solomon Northup, who was lured away from Saratoga Springs and into slavery before the Civil War, wrote a book, Twelve Years a Slave, following his fortuitous rescue in 1853.

Some of his post-slavery life can be tracked via property records, court documents, and newspaper stories. Thus, it is known that he purchased a home for his family in Glens Falls, that he undertook a lecture tour throughout the Northeast, and was involved in the apprehension and trial of the two men who had kidnapped him. Continue reading

Civil War Show and Tell In Canton Nov 19th


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silas write houseThe next North Country Civil War Round Table will be held on Sunday, November 19th, at 2 pm at the St. Lawrence County Historical Association. Rather than featuring an in-depth lecture on an aspect of the war, visitors who own items with provenance to the Civil War period are invited to bring them to the event for a “show and tell” session.

Local Civil War military expert Dixie Dave Ellis will be on hand to help identify artifacts brought by participants. Show-and-tell objects do not need to be military in nature: documents and stories are welcome. Continue reading

Civil War Word and Music at the Arkell Museum


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Wanda Burch and John KenosianArtists Wanda Burch and John Kenosian will perform concert at The Arkell Museum, Friday evening, November 10, at 7 pm.

Home Voices: the American Civil War Experience through Words and Music will feature guest artist, soprano Gisella Montanez-Case Wanda Burch, historian and writer, Glen, NY, and singer/songwriter John Kenosian, Clifton Park.

Providing perspective on the human side of the Civil War, this program explores the dreams and imaginings of those who fought the war as recorded in their letters, journals and memoirs.

Sometimes published as poems or songs or printed in newspapers, these rarely acknowledged writings reflect the personalities and experiences of their authors. Some expressions of fear, pain, loss, homesickness and disappointment are related with grim fatalism, some with glimpses of humor. Continue reading

Adirondack Historian To Lecture In Columbia County


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Author Glenn Pearsall is set to speak about and sign his new fiction book, Leaves Torn Asunder on Tuesday, October 24 at 7 pm during a free event, open to the public, at the James Vanderpoel ‘House of History’ in Kinderhook, sponsored by the Columbia County Historical Society Volunteers.

Based on true events, Pearsall’s research included diaries, soldiers’ letters home, visits to Civil War battle sites and historical documents such as the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. One of the main characters in the novel is an outspoken abolitionist. Continue reading