The new book The Majestic Nature of the North: Thomas Kelah Wharton’s Journeys in Antebellum America through the Hudson River Valley and New England (SUNY Press, 2019), edited by Steven A. Walton and Michael J. Armstrong, features the travel diaries of nineteenth-century artist, educator, and architect Thomas Kelah Wharton, documenting his trips in the lower Hudson River Valley and New Orleans to Boston and back. [Read more…] about 19th Century Hudson River, New England Travel Diaries Published
His grandfather, Joseph Haraden, Sr., was a General Electric engineer who founded the business as a Schenectady Chevrolet dealer in 1919. [Read more…] about Family Dealers: 100 Years Selling Cars
The Oneida County History Center will host a lecture by Syracuse University Professor Philip P. Arnold on the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) and the Erie Canal , set for Saturday, January 26th at 1 pm.
For millennia waterways have been profoundly important in indigenous Haudenosaunee territories. Arnold will discuss the important role waterways play in the cosmology of the Haudenosaunee people of New York State, and the Erie Canal’s profound environmental effects and traumatic consequences on the Haudenosaunee relationships to their lands. [Read more…] about The Haudenosaunee and The Erie Canal Jan 26th
County Historian Joseph P. Bottini is set to offer an illustrated presentation about Utica’s Union Station at the Rome Historical Society’s auditorium on January 16th at 7 pm. He will share details of its history, construction, architectural features, and the story of how it narrowly avoided abandonment. [Read more…] about Utica’s Union Station Illustrated Program in Rome
The Empire State Aerosciences Museum will be hosting its monthly all-you-can-eat breakfast on Saturday January 19th from 8:30 am to 10:30 am with a talk by Fred Lee, President and Founder of Professional Training International, a flight school for aircraft owners will speak on the “Serious Confessions of a Traveling Flight Instructor.”
In addition to surveying his long career, Lee will explore the recent changes in the history of general aviation flight training. [Read more…] about Flight Training History Focus of Museum Fly-In
The December 2018 “Crossroads of Rockland History,” featured South Nyack Village Trustee and Esposito Rail Trail Sign Committee member Andrew Goodwillie.
Goodwillie shared fascinating facts and anecdotes about the impact of the railroad and Thruway on Nyack and South Nyack. Goodwillie and a team of volunteers from Nyack, South Nyack and Piermont have been researching this history to create wayside historical signage along the Esposito Rail Trail (Nyack, South Nyack, Piermont and Sparkill). The signs are finished and will soon be in the ground in a number of locations along this busy walking trail. [Read more…] about Esposito Rail Trail: Crossroads of Rockland History
The New York State Museum has announced their Brainfood for the Curious: Short Talks at Lunchtime program, “70 Years of Racing History at Watkins Glen” has been set for Tuesday, October 9, 2018 from 12:10 to 12:40 pm, in the Albany Museum’s Huxley Theater.
In 1948 the first postwar road racing event in the United States was held in and around the village of Watkins Glen, NY. Seventy years later auto racing is still a driving force for this small Finger Lakes community. Through the changes and evolution of auto racing, Watkins Glen has remained an important link to motor racing’s past and present. Join History Curator Stephen C. Loughman as he explores 70 years of auto racing history at Watkins Glen. [Read more…] about 70 Years of Racing History at Watkins Glen
The Catskill Conquest Pilot Rally will take place this Saturday, beginning at 9 am with a continental breakfast at the Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center, 5096 State Route 28, Mount Tremper, NY.
A morning program will include Richard Riker who will speak about his grandparents, A. L. and Edith Riker, who drove the Locomobile in the 1903 Auto Endurance Run. A 1898 Riker Electric and a 1909 Locomobile Model L Demi-Tonneau will be on the grounds. [Read more…] about Local Auto History: Catskill Conquest Rally This Weekend
The 35th annual Dan Rion Memorial Antique Engine Jamboree and Powerfest has been set for Saturday, September 8th from 10 am to 4 pm at the Hanford Mills Museum. The Museum grounds will be filled with the rumbles and whirs of antique tractors, cars, trucks, motorcycles, outboard motors, hit and miss engines, water-cooled and air-cooled gas engines.
The Museum’s Steam Team will be operating the wood-fired steam boiler plant and horizontal and vertical steam engines. Hanford Mills is one of the few historic sites in the country where visitors can see a wood-fired steam boiler and steam engines in operation. [Read more…] about Antique Engines Festival at Hanford Mills Saturday
The Rome Historical Society is set to host “Chenango Canal: The Million Dollar Ditch” a presentation and book signing with Wade A. Lallier on Thursday, August 15th at 7 pm.
With the completion of the Erie Canal across New York State, the construction of other canals then began to be proposed all along the Erie’s route. One of these lateral canals would connect the Susquehanna River at Binghamton to the Erie Canal in Utica. [Read more…] about Chenango Canal Presentation Planned For Rome, NY