This week on The Historians Podcast, site manager Scott Haefner talks about Old Fort Johnson, the 1749 limestone house that British Indian agent William Johnson built on the Mohawk River in colonial New York. It was fortified for protection during the French and Indian Wars. [Read more…] about Scott Haefner of Old Fort Johnson on Historians Podcast
This summer, the Schenectady County Historical Society is set to present Rowing the River and Kayak Through History: two series of hands-on boat programs that enable participants to see and learn about the Mohawk River in person. Whether through the wooden oars of reproduction bateaux, or through sleek, modern kayak paddles, visitors can experience everything the Mohawk River has to offer.
Attendees will navigate through forested islands and narrow inlets and learn about the earliest Schenectady history to the most modern riverside developments. [Read more…] about History Tours: Mohawk River From The Water
A September post on this New York History Blog had some examples of “putting history to work” – showing the value of history for revealing historical precedents, insights or parallels which help shed light on current issues. Demonstrating that value in varied, imaginative ways is an important strategy for building support and securing resources for our history progams.
Here are a few more examples: [Read more…] about Bruce Dearstyne: More Ideas For Putting History To Work
This week on “The Historians” podcast, instructor Diana Carter reports on archaeological digs along the Mohawk River and in the Stockade section of Schenectady done by the Community Archaeology Program at Schenectady County Community College. Listen to the podcast here. [Read more…] about Community Archaeology In Schenectady’s Stockade
The Fort Plain Museum has announced this years Conference on the American Revolution in the Mohawk Valley. Nine authors and historians will present on various topics related to the conflict.
On Thursday, there will be a bus tour of the Western Mohawk Country Historic Sites, including Fort Plain/Fort Rensselaer (Fort Plain Museum), the General Herkimer Home, the 1747 Nellis Tavern, the Van Alstyne Tavern (Homestead), Fort Klock, the Palatine Church, the Stone Arabia and Klock’s Battlefields, the Stone Arabia Churches, and the Grave of Colonel John Brown, the Hero of the Battle of Stone Arabia. After the tour, the Fort Plain Museum will hold a cocktail reception with refreshments. [Read more…] about Mohawk Valley American Revolution Conference Announced
This week on “The Historians” podcast Bob Cudmore and Dave Greene discuss a landlocked “lighthouse” that helped motorists on a busy Mohawk Valley highway. Also, a quest to find archival recordings of Samuel Bloom, a popular Amsterdam rabbi. You can listen to the podcast here. [Read more…] about A Mohawk Valley Landlocked Lighthouse
This week “The Historians” podcast features Jerry Snyder of Historic Amsterdam League discussing the group’s 2016 Amsterdam Icons calendar. Also, Historians Kelly Farquhar and Norm Bollen report on a recently found letter from a Revolutionary leader in the Mohawk Valley that makes reference to the Boston Tea Party. You can listen to the podcast here. [Read more…] about A Newly Discovered Revolutionary War Letter
Written during the 1930’s, but unpublished during his lifetime, Hugh Donlon’s The Mohawk Valley is a broad overview of the author’s native region from the end of the last ice age to the third decade of the twentieth century.
In the Foreward to The Mohawk Valley, Hugh P. Donlon argues that the region’s history has been well-documented both in “extensive compilations” too long for the “average reader” and in shorter “pamphlets chiefly concerned with a particular event or section of the valley.” His goal was different. [Read more…] about Hugh Donlon’s ‘The Mohawk Valley’
This week “The Historians” podcast features Brian Mack of the Fort Plain Museum in the Mohawk Valley who has led an effort on social media to draw attention to the region’s importance during the American Revolution. Through social media and the launch of a yearly conference, Mack and Norm Bollen of the Fort Plain Museum have reached out to historic sites clustered near Exit 29 of the New York State Thruway. You can listen to the podcast here. [Read more…] about The Revolutionary War And The Mohawk Valley
On Thursday, October 8, 2015, at 6:30 pm, Philip D. Weaver will give a presentation on the 2nd NY Provincial Battalion in the American Revolution. Several soldiers of this battalion came from the Mohawk Valley area especially the Palatine District.
Phil will discuss how only a small number of this regiment would continue in the Continental Army after the disastrous Canadian Campaign and even fewer would serve until the end of the war. [Read more…] about The 2nd New-York Provincial Battalion (1775)