This season of A New York Minute in History features a brand new format. Each episode will delve into a chapter of New York’s history through a topic introduced by one of the William G. Pomeroy Foundation’s historic markers, which collectively tell the story of the state’s unique and important history.
In this first episode of the new series, Devin Lander and Lauren Roberts investigate the invasions of Canada by the Fenian Brotherhood, a group of Irish Nationalists intent of freeing Ireland from British control. These invasions were launched from several locations in upstate New York.
Guests for this podcast include Lawrence E. Cline, author of Rebels on the Niagara: The Fenian Invasion of Niagara, 1866, and Martha Gardner, Town of Constable Historian.
You can listen to the podcast here.
A New York Minute In History is a production of the New York State Museum, WAMC, and Archivist Media, with support from The William G. Pomeroy Foundation. This episode was produced by Jesse King, and features music from Get Up Jack and Slainte. Our theme is “Begrudge” by Darby.
Illustration: Lithograph of the Fenian charge, commanded by Colonel John O’Neill during the Battle of Ridgeway, near Niagara, Canada West, on June 2, 1866. In reality, the Fenians wore United States blue uniforms or Confederate uniforms, or parts of them along with civilian clothes with green arm or hat bands. Courtesy Library and Archives Canada.
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