The Museum Association of New York (MANY) has announced Museums Support Democracy, a series of six virtual programs created in partnership with Museum Hue and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (ARP). [Read more…] about Museum Association of NY Awarded $50k for Virtual Series
On May 13th, 1930, two Saratoga County women set out on an all-expense paid trip. Sailing from New York Harbor on the S.S. Republic, they would be welcomed in Paris by French and American officials and put up in one of the most expensive hotels in the city. After visiting the sites in and around Paris, they would stop in London on the way home where they received the same first class treatment.
It should have been one of the finest times of their lives, but it wasn’t. [Read more…] about When WW1 Gold Star Mothers Pilgrimaged To European Cemeteries
It’s also time to ask for your help in raising the last $6,600 to reach our 2021 fundraising goal.
Please make a contribution online at our new Rally.org page: https://rally.org/f/4LBVKo9zYjO Or, send a check to: [Read more…] about Please Support New York Almanack’s Year-End Fundraising
On October 28th, millions around the world will commemorate OXI (pronounced ō-hē) Day, a day honoring Greece’s resistance to fascism during the Second World War. The day will be remembered by USS Slater and the Capital Region’s Hellenic Community with a brief program beginning at 9 am aboard the ship, which is docked at Albany. [Read more…] about Albany’s USS Slater To Honor Its Greek History
The Saratoga County History Center has launched a diversity, equity, and inclusion initiative. An ad-hoc committee consisting of area professionals and community organizers is planning to meet through 2022 to assess History Center programming, identify under-represented demographics, and conceive of a plan to reach and serve those communities. [Read more…] about Saratoga Co History Center Launching Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiative
The Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation will host their final Autumn Stroll of the season “Down in the Valley: Exploring the Gut,” on Sunday, October 24th at 10:30 am. [Read more…] about Saratoga Historical Tour of ‘The Gut’ Set For Sunday
This week on The Historians Podcast, Dana Cudmore is the author of Underground Empires: Two Centuries of Exploration, Adventure and Enterprise in New York’s Cave Country (Black Dome Press, 2021). Cudmore focuses on caves of Schoharie and Albany counties, including the Howe Caverns tourist attraction. [Read more…] about New York’s Cave Country (Podcast)
NYS Governor Kathy Hochul has selected business owner and philanthropist John Ernst as the new chair of the Adirondack Park Agency board. The last person to serve as APA chair was Karen Feldman of Hudson, NY, who resigned in May of 2019.
Ernst owns and operates Elk Lake Lodge in North Hudson, Essex County. He also owns a home in New York City. Like Feldman, Ernst was initially appointed to one of three APA board positions reserved for state residents who reside outside of the park boundary. The APA board has five seats for park residents and three more reserved for state officials, for a total of 11. [Read more…] about Elk Lake Lodge Owner Appointed To Chair Adirondack Park Agency Board
From 1630 until the Anti-Rent Movement of the 1840s, most of what is now Albany and Rensselaer Counties, along with parts of Columbia and Greene Counties, was part of the estate of the van Rensselaer family. They leased the land, but did not generally sell it.
Running north-south through Albany County is the Helderberg Escarpment, a vertical limestone cliff hundreds of feet high (Thatcher Park forms a part of this geologic feature) that separates the Hudson Valley lands in the eastern part of the county from the lands to the west, above the cliffs. Because the land above was difficult to reach, and the soils poorer, that area was settled somewhat later by Europeans. [Read more…] about Early Settlement Above The Helderberg Escarpment
Galway in Saratoga County, NY had more than a half dozen churches in the early 1800s, but very little industry. It was first settled by immigrants from Scotland in 1774.
A lack of large rivers or a railroad connection stifled the growth of the town, although by 1855 it had six sawmills, two grist mills, two broom handle factories, and eight blacksmiths within the village of Galway. [Read more…] about Galway’s Gristmill: A Short History