The Albany Institute of History & Artis is set to open a special exhibition of cast iron stoves on Saturday, December 15, 2018. Researchers, collectors, and those new to cast iron will have the opportunity to see these stoves together and their details up close for the first time in ten years. Heavy Metal: Cast Iron Stoves of the Capital Region will run through August 18, 2019. [Read more…] about Albany Institute Opening Cast Iron Stove Exhibition
What secrets lurk in the depths of Lake Ronkonkoma on Long Island? In our interview with Evelyn Vollgraff, president of the Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society, we discuss the development of this area from Indian settlement to early 20th-century resort. Located near the geographical center of the island and its largest freshwater lake, Ronkonkoma has been a prominent landmark for centuries. Also joining us is Danielle Campbell of News Channel 12 who, through her own reporting, has highlighted the uniqueness of the region. [Read more…] about Lake Ronkonkoma: The Long Island History Project
The Seward House Museum in Auburn is set to host Parlor Music Concert: A Musical Journey through the 19th Century, on Sunday, November 18th, from 4 to 5:30 pm.
For the seventh annual Parlor Music Concert, the Seward House Museum will welcome soprano soloist Cecile Saine. From the Museum’s Drawing Room, and enhanced by its 1872 Steinway piano, Saine’s performance will give listeners a look back to the 19th century. [Read more…] about 19th Century Parlor Music at Seward House in Auburn
Food and beverage writer Don Cazentre is set to share his research on the Mamie Taylor and other Upstate-connected cocktails in his book Spirits and Cocktails of Upstate New York: A History, on November 15th at 7 pm at the Rome Historical Society.
Upstate New York has held its place in cocktail history for centuries, beginning with the term “cocktail” itself. The word is believed to have first appeared in an 1806 Hudson Valley newspaper, when an editor described a cocktail as “a stimulating liquor composed of spirits of any kind – sugar, water, and bitters – it is vulgarly called a bittered sling and is supposed to be an excellent electioneering potion, inasmuch as it renders the heart stout and bold, at the same time that it fuddles the head.” [Read more…] about Spirits and Cocktails Talk Set For Rome Historical
The Albert Wisner Library in Warwick is set to host national bestselling author Russell Shorto to discuss his recent book, Revolution Song, on Wednesday, November 7 at 7 pm.
This narrative history looks back to the nation’s founding to see that people from different backgrounds had vastly different experiences of the Revolution years. Drawing on diaries, letters and autobiographies of both well known and obscure lives, Shorto resurrects their contrasting voices as they struggle through the social chaos of their day. [Read more…] about Russell Shorto Speaking In Orange County Nov 7th
The Albany County Historical Association has announced award-winning jazz and cabaret singer Veronica Klaus is set to play at the Ten Broeck Mansion on November 2nd at 7:30 pm. [Read more…] about Cabaret in Albany’s Historic Ten Broeck Mansion
On Friday, September 28th, SUNY Board Chairman H. Carl McCall presented the New York State Author and State Poet Awards. These awards were instituted in 1985 when Governor Mario Cuomo and the State Legislature empowered The New York State Writers Institute, located at the University at Albany, to award the Edith Wharton Citation of Merit for Fiction Writers (State Author) and the Walt Whitman Citation of Merit for Poets (State Poet) to authors whose career achievements warranted distinction.
The citations are awarded every two years to one fiction writer and one poet of excellence. During their two-year terms the state laureates promote and encourage fiction writing and poetry throughout New York through public readings and appearances. [Read more…] about 2018 NYS Author, State Poet Awards Presented
In this week’s new episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, we speak with Catherine Kelly, Editor of Books at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and author of Republic of Taste: Art, Politics, and Everyday Life in Early America (Penn Press, 2016). You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/201
America has always been a diverse country. America has always been a country of multiple ethnicities, multiple races, and multiple religions. The individual peoples have changed over time. Generally the number increases, but we have always been a country of numerous different peoples. Yet we also are the country of We the People, the opening words on the document that constitutes us a nation. How can we be both? [Read more…] about Feinman: Fellow Americans And Tribal Rivalries
We are a storytelling species. Recently, I shared an example of the potential for storytelling in our communities using primary source documents.
In subsequent posts, I intended to share examples from different formats and venues that show how some historians are reaching audiences in ways that go beyond the standard tour. [Read more…] about Storytelling: Using Your Documents To Tell A Story