Yet during the last world war (let’s hope it was the last), followers of Hitler and Mussolini populated the North Country. [Read more…] about Adirondack World War 2 POW Labor Camps
World War Two
This week’s guest on The Historians Podcast is Marty Brounstein, author of Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust. The book tells the story of Frans and Mien Wijnakker, two Dutch Christians who sheltered Dutch Jews in World War II. [Read more…] about A Story from the Holocaust in Holland
Among the finest Christmas seasons in America’s long history took place in 1945. We’re constantly bombarded with how special the holidays are, so it’s tough for any one year to stand out as extra special, but 1945 makes the list.
Events across the Adirondacks that year epitomized the nation’s attitude. Surprisingly, it wasn’t all about celebrating, even though the most destructive war in history had just ended a few months earlier. We often mumble mindlessly that we’re proud to be Americans. But the first post-World War II Christmas was the real deal, worthy of the word “pride.” [Read more…] about Remembering The Christmas of 1945 in Northern NY
The ranks of the 10th Mountain Division during World War Two were filled by men who in civilian life were already proficient in skiing and mountaineering.
They were shipped to the Italian front and their actions in the Apennine Mountains and the Alps led to the German surrender in Italy on May 2, 1945. The division was disbanded in late 1945, but reestablished in the 1980s, and is based today at Fort Drum, in Watertown, New York. [Read more…] about 10th Mtn Division in World War II Talk in Utica
This week on The Historians Podcast, Army veteran and Utica College student David Cooney discusses his research on upstate New York prisoner of war camps where German soldiers were housed during the Second World War. One such camp was near today’s Fort Drum and another was in Utica. [Read more…] about World War II POW Camps in Upstate New York
The grounds and buildings occupying the hallowed landscape of the United States Military Academy at West Point are adorned with statutes, plaques, and pictures of many of the nation’s most famous military leaders. The cemetery is a veritable who’s who of those who fought in our nation’s wars. Statutes of Patton, Eisenhower, and MacArthur stand outside West Point’s Library, Dining Hall, and Parade Grounds.
Inside Eisenhower Hall are pictures of some of its most notable graduates, including one who is often labeled one of the most controversial generals in American military history. There is also a plaque in his honor at Thayer Hall, the building that is named after the Academy’s first Superintendent, Sylvanus Thayer. [Read more…] about Westmoreland: West Point’s Controversial Graduate
The April 2019 “Crossroads of Rockland History,” was an exploration of the new exhibition at the Orangetown Historical Museum and Archives (OHMA) entitled Shanks Legacy. Elizabeth Skrabonja (curator) and Mary Cardenas (Museum Director and Orangetown Historian) were interviewed.
Camp Shanks was the U.S. Army’s largest port of embarkation on the East Coast in World War II. It saw some 1.3 million troops pass through on their way to England and North Africa. [Read more…] about The Legacy of Camp Shanks, Rockland County
The next Adirondack Experience 2019 Cabin Fever Sunday Series lecture will be “A Soldier’s Journey through the Heart of the Park” with John Taibi on March 24th. [Read more…] about A Soldier’s Journey Through The Adirondack Park
The true and tragic story of an American Navy pilot who survived battles of World War II only to meet his fate just after the war ended in a plane crash on Mount Beacon in Dutchess County, will be the topic of a talk on Saturday, January 19th, at 2 pm, at the Little Red Schoolhouse, 297 Locust Avenue, in Cortlandt Manor, NY.
This event is open free to the public. [Read more…] about The Indestructible Man Book Talk Set
Emmy Award winner Dolores N. Morris is set to speak at the National Lighthouse Museum on Staten Island about her book, The Soldier That Wagged Her Tail – A Black Veteran’s Story of WWII, which chronicles her father William A. Morris Jr.’s wartime experiences with his dog, Trixie, by his side. The event takes place on Sunday, January 20, 2019 from 3 to 5 pm. [Read more…] about ‘The Soldier That Wagged Her Tail’ Presentation On Staten Island