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By the 1861 outbreak of the Civil War, the United States was the world’s greatest slave power. For almost 250 years Americans and their ancestors had created, maintained, and spread systems of enslavement throughout much of our nation. It will take another 88 years before the lands of the United States will have known freedom for longer than they have known enslavement. [Read more…] about John Brown in Westport on Lake Champlain
But What Do They Think?
I like to think that when I stare
off at distant Crane Mountain,
Mateskared Cabin has my back,
and when I climb up on Crane,
Mateskared surely covers me.
Yet I wonder, after these many
years, what might those two be
thinking about us going through
our daily arcane cabin routines,
what with our outdoor cooking
over open wood fires, and our
carrying the pure spring water
by buckets-full indoors and out.
Nor should we forget firewood,
carried by cradled arm-fulls.
Thirty-one quarries dotted the limestone belt that stretches from end-to-end along the northern third of Schoharie County, NY.
Before the introduction of concrete in the early 1900s, these quarries supplied millions of tons of cut and finished stone to projects like the Brooklyn Bridge, the expanding NYS Barge Canal System, and hundreds of homes and prominent buildings meant to last for centuries. [Read more…] about Farming With Dynamite: The Stone Boom in Schoharie County
The Mohegan-Brothertown minister Samson Occom (1723–1792) was a prominent political and religious leader of the Indigenous peoples of present-day New York and New England, among whom he is still revered today. An international celebrity in his day, Occom rose to fame as the first Native person to be ordained a minister in the New England colonies. [Read more…] about Samson Occom: Radical Hospitality in the Native Northeast
This week marks the anniversary of John Brown’s execution on December 2, 1859. Had Brown escaped from Harpers Ferry rather than been captured he might well today be just a footnote, one of the tens of thousands that struggled to undermine the institution of slavery in America before the Civil War.
It’s often said that just one thing secured Brown’s place in the hearts of millions of Americans that came after him – his execution and martyrdom. There is another equally important reason Americans will celebrate the life of John Brown this week however – he was right that slavery would end at a heavy price. [Read more…] about The Last Days of John Brown: Martyr, Revolutionary or Terrorist?
The Fort Plain Museum’s annual Christmas at the Fort event will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2023 from 11 am to 5 pm. During this event, there is a 40% – 50% off clearance book sale on select titles while the entire bookstore and gift is 20% the entire purchase. German Beer will be served by Eisenadler Brauhaus, a local brewery from Nelliston and wide variety of refreshments will be provided. [Read more…] about Fort Plain Museum’s Annual Christmas at the Fort Event Saturday
Small history organizations across the United States share history with local audiences in ways that are creative, educational, and engaging. Small museums are diverse – rural and urban, full-time staff and all volunteer led, well supported financially and operating on a shoestring. But, most of all, they are resilient. [Read more…] about Small Museums Virtual Summit Registration Now Open
One railroad was flourishing. “The immense quantity of lumber coming from Canada has caused a brisk revival in the freight business of the Delaware and Hudson, and the employees are pleased at the prospect,” The Morning Star of Glens Falls reported on November 15, 1893. “A number of men in the vicinity of Whitehall have been put to work again.”
Another railroad was struggling. “The new Adirondack and St. Lawrence Railroad Company is reducing expenses for the winter months. Fifty employees have been laid off, and the passenger department has been transferred from Herkimer to Malone,” according to the The Morning Star of November 11, 1893. “The change is made to enable the company to compete more successfully with the Central Vermont and Chateaugay roads.” [Read more…] about 19th Century Railroad News from Northern New York
The latest A New York Minute in History Podcast, celebrates Native American Heritage Month with a conversation regarding how historians can center authentic indigenous voices and work with Native American communities across the state in planning for the upcoming 250th anniversary of the American Revolution. [Read more…] about Centering Authentic Indigenous Voices
The public is invited to pick up a free 2024 Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor calendar starting December 1, 2023 at selected libraries and visitor centers throughout the Heritage Corridor.
The calendar features winning images from this year’s Erie Canalway photo contest. [Read more…] about Free 2024 Erie Canalway Calendar Available December 1st