This week on The Historians Podcast, an update on a previous program on the origins of the New York State Thruway from Tim Tielman of the Campaign for Greater Buffalo-History, Architecture and Culture. Tielman explains why the Thruway was built some miles south of Rochester. He also delves into historic preservation in greater Buffalo. [Read more…] about Why Does the Thruway Avoid Rochester?
Ann Maria Bullock Schram of Amsterdam, was a volunteer nurse in the American Civil War, treating patients at a makeshift hospital in Maryland. This week on The Historians Podcast, Montgomery County NY historian Kelly Yacobucci Farquhar discusses her research on Schram’s life. [Read more…] about Ann Maria Schram: Volunteer Civil War Nurse
This week on The Historians Podcast, Aja Raden is author of The Truth About Lies: The Illusion of Honesty and the Evolution of Deceit (St. Martin’s Press, 2021), a history of con artistry and deception. [Read more…] about The Truth About Lies: A History of Deceit
This week on The Historians Podcast, New York City attorney Jim Kaplan considers the impact of black separatist leader Marcus Garvey on African independence. Born in Jamaica, Garvey lived some of his most productive years in Harlem. [Read more…] about Marcus Garvey’s Influence on African Independence
This week on The Historians Podcast, Mark Sullivan discusses his historical novel The Last Green Valley (Lake Union, 2021) that chronicles how members of a German farming family living in Ukraine were able to escape clashing armies in the World War II and find a new life in America. [Read more…] about Escaping Clashing Armies During The Second World War
This week on The Historians Podcast, Linda Wisniewski discusses her book Where the Stork Flies (Sand Hill Review Press, 2021), a time travel novel about a librarian who meets a 19th century ancestor and the medieval Polish Queen Jadwiga. There are several scenes in the author’s home town of Amsterdam, New York, as well as scenes in Poland in 1825. [Read more…] about A Time Travel Novel Visits Amsterdam, NY
This week on The Historians Podcast the guest is Marguerite Kearns, author of Unfinished Revolution: Edna Buckman Kearns and the Struggle for Women’s Rights (SUNY Press, 2021). The book explores how Edna Buckman Kearns’s focus on women’s suffrage and world peace affected her family then and now. [Read more…] about Marguerite Kearns: Unfinished Women’s Rights Revolution (Podcast)
Born in 1826, Stephen Sanford worked with his father John and then on his own to create the Sanford carpet mills in Amsterdam. He went to West Point, served in Congress and was a friend of Ulysses S. Grant.
In the early twentieth century, thoroughbred horses owned by Sanford were walked each summer to Saratoga from Sanford’s Hurricana Farm. Racing Hall of Fame trainer Hollie Hughes, who served three generations of Sanfords, recalled the annual trek in Alex M. Robb’s book, The Sanfords of Amsterdam. [Read more…] about Walking the Sanford Horses to Saratoga
This week on The Historians Podcast, Julia Sweig is author of Lady Bird Johnson: Hiding in Plain Sight (Random House, 2021), a book that draws on recorded diaries kept by Lady Bird when her husband Lyndon Johnson was President from 1963 through 1968. [Read more…] about The Diaries of Lady Bird Johnson (Podcast)
This week on The Historians Podcast, Bevis Longstreth is author of the novel Chains Across the River (Honeycomb, 2021), a historical novel dealing with the great chains that American forces stretched across the Hudson River during the American Revolution to prevent the British fleet from sailing from New York City to Albany. [Read more…] about Chains Across The Hudson River (Podcast)