This week on The Historians Podcast our guest is Sherri Cash, history professor at Utica College, who talks about the ginseng root, which grew wild in upstate New York in the 18th century. A colonial global trading network shipped ginseng to China, where it was prized as a health tonic, in return for tea. Cash recently gave a talk on the subject at Old Fort Johnson in Fort Johnson, NY.
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2019 marks the 400th anniversary of two important events in American history: The creation of the first representative assembly in English North America and the arrival of the first African people in English North America.
Why were these Virginia-based events significant and how have they impacted American history?
In this episode of Ben Franklin’s World, Cassandra Newby-Alexander, a scholar of African American and American History and the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Norfolk State University, helps us find answers. [Read more…] about Virginia In 1619 (Ben Franklin’s World Podcast)
The skies above Long Island have always called to the adventurous, the innovative, and the ambitious. So it’s no surprise that Walt Winnicki, born in 1928 in the shadow of the biplanes above Roosevelt Field, grew up with a love for aviation. He got his pilot’s license soon after World War II, learning from many of the flyers who were invovled in the golden age of flight themselves.
On this episode of the Long Island History Project, we talk with Walter about life between the air and the myriad of small airports that used to dot the Island. And we also talk with Bob Mott, historian of the Bayport Aerodrome Society, about the preservation and promotion of the last public grass airfield on Long Island. [Read more…] about Aviation and Airport History On Long Island
This week on The Historians Podcast, Dan Weaver talks about his new booklet The Willigee Negroes: Sir William Johnson, Sir Peter Warren and an 18th Century Free Black Community in the Mohawk Valley. [Read more…] about An 18th Century Free Black Mohawk Valley Community
Many of us know details about the lives and presidencies of Washington, Jefferson, and Madison. But what do we know about the life and presidency of the fourth Virginia president, James Monroe?
In this episode of Ben Franklin’s World, Sara Bon-Harper, Executive Director of James Monroe’s Highland, joins us to explore the public and private life of James Monroe. [Read more…] about BFW Road Trip: Charlottesville, VA, James Monroe’s Highland
The latest episode of the Capital District Civil War Round Table Podcast features Mark Will-Weber who talked about the influence of alcohol on the Civil War and the history of presidential drinking.
Was secession fueled by alcohol, did Lincoln drink, did Grant drink too much, was FDR really a beer drinker? Weber talks about this and much more in this podcast recorded at Albany Distilling Company. [Read more…] about The Influence of Alcohol on the Civil War (Podcast)
This week on The Historians Podcast, Colonie town historian Kevin Franklin explains the historic importance of Schuyler Flatts, now a town park between Menands and Watervliet near the Hudson River.
The land previously was a home of the prominent Schuyler family and an early residence of Arent Van Curler, the founder of Schenectady. [Read more…] about Historians Podcast: Schuyler Flatts in Colonie, NY
In this episode of Ben Franklin’s World, Lonnie Bunch, the Founding Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture takes us on a behind-the-scenes tour of how historians do history for the public. [Read more…] about BFW Road Trip: Washington, D.C., NMAAHC
This week on The Historians Podcast Bob Cudmore’s guests have perspectives on the moon landing by American astronauts in 1969. Rod Pyle of NASA is author of First on the Moon and Professor Curt Breneman is Dean of Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy. [Read more…] about Moon Landing Perspectives
Love it or hate it, the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) has been in operation for over 180 years under the same name and moving people from one end of the Island to the other. Dave Morrison definitely loves it, as his seventh book on LIRR history attests. On the latest episode of the Long Island History Project, we discuss the storied history of the LIRR, from steam locomotives setting the woods on fire to the coming of diesel and the push to attract people to build homes as far out on Long Island as possible. We also detail the detective work involved in Dave’s new book from Arcadia Pres, Grand Central Terminal and Penn Station: Statuary and Sculptures. [Read more…] about A Long Island Rail Road History Podcast