In the latest episode of the “New Netherland Praatjes” podcast, author and museum curator Steve Jaffe chats with Steve McErleane and Russell Shorto about Jaffe’s work on the “New York at Its Core” exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York, a new installation that attempts to answer the question “What makes New York New York?”
Topics include the challenges of presenting history to the public, the role of technology in museums, and how museum professionals have dealt with the death of the so-called grand narrative. Listen to the podcast here. Continue reading
This week on The Historians Podcast, Jennifer DeBruin, author of three historical novels, is working on a non-fiction-book on Loyalist espionage during the American Revolution.
Many Loyalists ended up, as did DeBruin’s ancestors, settling in Canada. She was a speaker at this year’s conference on the American Revolution sponsored by the Fort Plain Museum.
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In this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, Barbara Oberg and Sara Georgini, two historians and documentary editors, join us from the Papers of Thomas Jefferson and the Papers of John Adams Documentary Editing Projects so we can explore the lives and relationships of John and Abigail Adams and Thomas Jefferson. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/193 Continue reading
This week on The Historians podcast, Amsterdam Recorder columnist Dan Weaver discusses Philips Park, a recreational site in the town of Florida, NY, in the Mohawk Valley that closed after brutal murders in 1950. Weaver also looks at the history of an early settlement of free African Americans in the area. He operates the Bookhound bookstore in Amsterdam, NY. Listen to the podcast here. Continue reading
In this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, Brian Regal, an Associate Professor of History at Kean University and the co-author of The Secret History of the Jersey Devil: How Quakers, Hucksters, and Benjamin Franklin Created A Monster (John Hopkins University Press, 2018), takes us into New Jersey’s past by taking us through the origins of the New Jersey Devil story. You can listen to the podcast here:www.benfranklinsworld.com/192
With the story of the Culper Spy Ring enjoying a renaissance, we talk with Margo Arceri of Strong’s Neck in Setauket, Long Island, who heard the story of from the great-great-granddaughter of one of the spies herself. She went on to found Tri-Spy Tours and Culper Spy Day while also working with the Three Village Historical Society.
As a bonus, we also had Danielle Campbell join the conversation. Danielle is an anchor and reporter for News 12 Long Island and produces the Long Island’s Hidden Past segment for the cable channel. Continue reading
This week on The Historians Podcast, Russell Shorto discusses his new book, Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom. Shorto spoke earlier this month at the Fort Plain NY Museum’s American Revolution conference in the Mohawk Valley. He is also author of the best-selling history of New York City, The Island at the Center of the World. Listen to the podcast here. Continue reading
In this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, Lisa Brooks, an Associate Professor of English and American Studies at Amherst College helps us re-examine and re-think what we know about King Philip’s War by introducing us to new people, new ways we can look at known historical sources, and to different ways we can think about what we know about this event with details from her book Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War (Yale Press, 2017). You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/191. Continue reading
This week on The Historians podcast, Andy Pragacz from the Bundy Museum of History and Art in Binghamton, NY tells us about the museum and the Bundy company, makers of time clocks. The firm was a predecessor of IBM. The Bundy Museum’s new community radio station, WBDY, carries episodes of The Historians Podcast Sundays at 4:30 pm. Listen to the podcast here. Continue reading
In this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, Jennifer Goloboy, an independent scholar based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and the author of Charleston and the Emergence of Middle-Class Culture in the Revolutionary Era (University of Georgina Press, 2016), helps us explore the origins of the American middle class so we can better understand what it is and why so many Americans want to be a part of it. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/190 Continue reading