The word hero is often tossed around loosely, but when it comes to wounded soldiers, no one argues that it’s fitting — so what does it say about someone else when wounded soldiers call them heroes? Consider American women during World War I. Although many wanted to, they didn’t have to serve because of their sex, and could support the troops by important actions at home. But some chose to place themselves near the front lines, and with no weapons to defend themselves. Their only protection came from nebulous agreements by both sides not to bomb hospitals and care centers.
That’s what nurses did, risking their lives to comfort, save the lives of, or ease the deaths of, soldiers. Which explains why so many wounded men referred to nurses as the real heroes. A fine example of that circumstance, with an unusual twist or two, involved Ruth Williams of Ogdensburg. Continue reading
The Boscobel House and Gardens in Garrison, in partnership with The Living History Education Foundation has announced a Military Reenactment Day set for Sunday, August 26 from 11 am to 4 pm.
On the grounds of Boscobel House and Gardens, directly overlooking the Hudson River and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, military reenactors will set up encampments from the American Revolution, War of 1812, Civil War, and World Wars. They demonstrate camp life with inspections, formations, musket firings, artillery demonstrations, and drills. Continue reading
Two new exhibits are set to open at the Oneida County History Center on August 9, 2018.
World War I Centennial: Oneida County and New York in the Great War commemorates the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into the first World War by focusing on the American experience and local history of the war. The exhibit uses original documents, artifacts, and posters to explore topics such as New York’s efforts to fund the war and conserve resources, technological innovation and its impacts, women in the war, and individual Utican’s experiences during the conflict.
The Alice T. Miner Museum and the William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute have announced a Centennial Summer Fair to be held on Saturday, July 14 at Miner Institute in Chazy, from 1 to 4 pm. This event will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One and will also serve as a fundraiser for the United Way of the Adirondack Region.
The Fair will give visitors the opportunity to learn about the significance of World War I and to enjoy period-themed entertainment and refreshments. Continue reading
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site has announced the opening of a new exhibit on Quentin Roosevelt who died in a dogfight over France during World War One.
On Saturday, July 14th Sagamore Hill will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Quentin Roosevelt’s death with a historic biplane flyover of the Roosevelt Home presented by the Bayport Aerodrome Society. The event will also include live music and a portrayal of World War One era soldiers. Activities begin at 10 am.
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site is set to commemorates Quentin Roosevelt and World War I through a new exhibit and programs.
Quentin Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt’s youngest child, was an aviator who fought in the skies above France during World War I. One hundred years ago, on July 14, 1918, Quentin was killed in action. Continue reading
Walter Allison, a graduate of Newburgh Free Academy probably did not know what hit him when wounded in the stomach on September 29, 1918. He lay in a shallow shell hole, bleeding, not far from where his commander lay mortally wounded. Two lieutenants urged the men of E Company of the 107th Infantry Regiment on, but they too were cut down, as bullets ripped through the air, shells exploded all about them wiping out an entire squad and Allison’s classmate Everett Baker. Smoke and chemical gas drifted through the air as the few remaining sergeants, corporals and privates carried on the fight, and the brutal battle to break the Hindenburg Line continued. Continue reading
“The Great Wars: The French & Indian War and the First World War” will be the focus of the Tenth Annual History Conference for Educators to be held on Friday, May 18, 2018 at Fort Ticonderoga.
Sessions focused on the French & Indian War (known as the Seven Years’ War in Europe) and World War I will answer the question on how global conflict affects local communities. Participants will learn about the scope and impact of “Great Wars” on society in general through the study of primary accounts. Continue reading
Ferris Coin Co. is seeking artists to design a silver coin-shaped medallion honoring Albany African American World War I hero Sgt. Henry Johnson.
Ferris Coin Co. is offering two prizes of $1,000 each to the winning designs for the obverse and reverse sides of a 1.5 in (39 mm) coin-shaped silver medallion. The deadline for submissions is April 17, 2018. Continue reading
To commemorate the centennial year of the ending or World War I, Staatsburgh State Historic Site will offer a tour, “World War I and the End of the Gilded Age” on Saturday, February 24 at 1 pm.
The tour will last 90 minutes, and will include the unrestored servants’ area in the basement of the mansion, an area that is not shown on regular tours of Staatsburgh. Continue reading