The Albany Institute of History & Art is set to host “What is a Waterway Anyway?” with guest speaker Daniel Rinn, PhD candidate at the University of Rochester, on Sunday, January 19th, at 2 pm. This lecture is included with museum admission and part of the New York tour of the Water/Ways exhibition that is currently on view at the Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston, New York (January 11-February 23, 2020). [Read more…] about Historic Waterways Focus of Special Albany Lecture
Historic preservationists will rally Wednesday at the Demarest Building on 5th Avenue in Manhattan in hopes of saving the commercial building built to showcase carriages from demolition.
Th 1890 structure, designed by noted architect James Renwick (Renwick, Aspinwall & Russell), is located across from the Empire State Building at the northeast corner at Fifth Avenue and 33rd Street. It is believed to have been home to the world’s first electric elevator. An announcement of the rally said the building was “an important piece of New York and American history and architecture which should be saved.” [Read more…] about Preservationist Rallying To Save Historic Demarest Building
The New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Transportation (DOT) have announced the release of a draft Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor Unit Management Plan (UMP) Amendment/Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS).
The amended proposal comes after the operators of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, which ran on the line between Saranac Lake and Lake Placid, successfully sued the state. They successfully argued that the State’s plan to turn the historic railroad line into a rail-trail did not comply with state historic preservation law or the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan.
The decision was handed down by State Supreme Court Judge Robert Main Jr. in 2017. In December, 2018 the state Adirondack Park Agency changed the “travel corridor” definition in the State Land Master Plan to allow for the removal of the rails. [Read more…] about State Issues New Plan For Historic Adirondack Rail Line
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site is set to conduct its fifth annual Tuesday Talk series to recognize New York State History Month this November. Each week a speaker presents on regional or New York State history.
Historian Scott Haefner will discuss Transportation in the Mohawk Valley on November 12th. This presentation will explore the significance of the river valley in developing transportation to the West and covers the Bateaux era in the 18th century through Turnpikes, Canals and Railroads. Haefner is a Registered Public Historian and is the site manager of Old Fort Johnson, operated by the Montgomery County Historical Society. [Read more…] about Mohawk Valley Transportation History at Schoharie Crossing
The Buffalo History Museum is set to welcome Tyler Bagwell, local folk singer and writer, on Wednesday, November 6th, at 6 pm, for “Low Bridge, Everybody Down: Buffalo’s Story in Song.”
The program is a history of Buffalo from 1812-1912 told through the battle dirges, lake shanties, murder ballads, canal hollers, underground railroad songs, and courting tunes of that period. [Read more…] about A Folk Singer & Writer Interprets Buffalo’s History
This collection of applications to the Commissioners of the New York State Land Office, later the Division of Land Utilization, for grants to lands under water is located at the New York State Archives. [Read more…] about Featured Collection: NYS Underwater Land Records
The Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company, the great rival to the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company, was built a few years before the completion of the D&H and carried a significant amount of anthracite coal to the tide-waters of the Hudson and Delaware Rivers.
Lakes to Locks Passage is set to host a public informational meeting for the Champlain Bridge Roadway Improvements Project on Thursday, July 18, 2019, from 4 to 7 pm, at the Crown Point State Historic Site Pavilion.
This is an opportunity for the public to attend an open-house style informational meeting. There will be multiple displays of project information and the draft design approval document presenting the proposed project. There will also an opportunity to provide input and written comments. [Read more…] about Crown Point Historic Site Roadway Plans Being Considered
The most popular genre by far on nighttime television through the 1960s? Westerns. While children were allowed to watch some of them, several shows specifically geared towards the younger set were shown on Saturday morning. Watching heroes — Roy Rogers, the Lone Ranger, and Zorro, three of the best — escape tense situations and catch bad guys was unforgettable.
Among the skills of any cowboy star (or stuntman stand-in) worth his salt were the hurried mounting and high-speed dismounting of horses (usually their own faithful steed, of course). It’s an impressive feat when you consider that horses are pretty high off the ground — which brings us to our main subject: how to get down off a horse. [Read more…] about Once Common Horse Blocks Weren’t Just for Horses and Carriages