Since 1999, the Preservation League of New York State has highlighted the state’s threatened historic sites through the Seven to Save list, which provides enhanced services from the League to bolster visibility and build support for preservation. Through partnerships with groups and individuals, threats to dozens of at-risk buildings, landscapes, downtowns, and neighborhoods have been reduced, and in many cases, eliminated by the Preservation League’s listing and subsequent actions. [Read more…] about 7 Historic Places That Need Saving Now
This list of upcoming events on Long Island is provided by Long Island Historical Societies and it’s membership. This notice is sent twice a month, on or around the 1st and the 15th of each month. [Read more…] about Upcoming Long Island History Events
Noah John Rondeau was an interesting character of contradictions. Born in 1883, he was raised near Au Sable Forks as the oldest of seven children. He left home at age 15 and eventually moved to the High Peaks section of the Adirondacks, about 20 miles from Saranac Lake, where lived for more than 30 years.
Noah John Rondeau loved people, but even more loved being out in the wilderness. While he had only an eighth-grade education, he developed his own secret code that kept the secrets of his journal long after his death. [Read more…] about The Hermit of Cold River
Unmanned aircraft have a history dating back to the years before the Second World War. The recent discovery of a naval officer’s dog tags revealed the little-known story of a top-secret drone squadron that flew missions against the Japanese in the South Pacific during the Second World War. The effort to return the dog tags to the officer’s family uncovered personal photographs and films, as well as a mystery of three missing-in-action pilots and a surprising coincidence. [Read more…] about US Navy’s Secret Drone Project in WWII Talk Set
In the 1820s, bootblack and cartman Andrew Williams bought land in the primarily African American community of Seneca Village, which once thrived on land that is now part of Central Park, from West 83rd Street to West 89th Street. [Read more…] about Seneca Village: Razed To Build Central Park
The Preservation League of New York State, the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation have announced that applications are now open for the Preserve New York partnership program.
Preserve New York will have over $270,000 grant funding available in 2020. [Read more…] about $270k In Grants Available From Preserve New York Program
Historian and preservationist Ruth Piwonka is this year’s recipient of the Martha Washington Woman of History Award. This award is given by Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site each year to a woman who has made a contribution to the history of the Hudson Valley through education, promotion, or preservation. The honor was inspired by Martha Washington, who resided in the Hudson Valley with her husband, General George Washington, during the last days of the Revolutionary War. [Read more…] about Kinderhook Historian Named 2020 Woman of History
Robert Fields has been named Keynote Speaker for the Museum Association of New York: The Power of Partnership Conference, set for March 29th-31st, in Albany. Fields’ keynote is set for 9 am on Tuesday, March 31st.
Fields is the President & Executive Director of Weeksville Heritage Center, an historic house museum in Brooklyn dedicated to keeping the history of one of the largest free black communities in pre-Civil War America relevant and resonant for contemporary audiences. [Read more…] about Weeksville Heritage Director Keynoting Museums Conference
North Country native Melvil Dewey was obsessed with order from the time he was young. At the age of 5, he would alphabetize the spices in his mother’s pantry. He was preoccupied with numbers, lists, rules and efficiency.
This obsession helped change the way we categorize information across the world with the invention of the Dewey Decimal system, which is still in use today at libraries in 150 countries worldwide. He also founded the Lake Placid Club and was instrumental in helping to bring the 1932 Winter Olympics to the region. [Read more…] about Considering the Controversy Around Melvil Dewey