Beginning in the early 1860s, break-ins began taking place at businesses across Saratoga County, New York. The method was always the same, an office was entered and the safe was emptied and then re-locked. The only outward evidence of the theft was the owners’ inability to open the safe. [Read more…] about The Secret Criminal Life of Nelson Knickerbacker
Irish American Heritage Museum is set to continue their centenary series about the Irish War of Independence with “March 1921,” a virtual lecture with Elizabeth Stack PhD set for Tuesday, March 9th. [Read more…] about The Irish War of Independence: March 1921
This week on The Historians Podcast, keeping historical interest alive during the pandemic with Jim Richmond from Saratoga County History Roundtable. Plus the impact of Yaddo artists’ community founders Spencer and Katrina Trask on Saratoga Springs. [Read more…] about Jim Richmond: Helping Keep Saratoga County History Alive
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George Washington’s life has been scrutinized by historians over the past three centuries, but the day-to-day lives of Mount Vernon’s enslaved workers, who left few written records but made-up 90 percent of the estate’s population, have been largely left out of the story.
In her book The Only Unavoidable Subject of Regret: George Washington, Slavery, and the Enslaved Community at Mount Vernon (Univ. of Virginia Press, 2019), Mary Thompson offers the first comprehensive account of those who served in bondage at Mount Vernon.
In the first global test of the idea, scientists have found evidence that some woodpeckers can evolve to look like another species of woodpecker in the same neighborhood. The researchers say that this “plumage mimicry” isn’t a fluke – it happens among pairs of distantly related woodpeckers all over the world. [Read more…] about Some Woodpeckers Imitate a Neighbor’s Plumage
The winter season presents a series of challenges for wildlife, such as food shortages, colder temperatures and large snowfalls. Fortunately, native wildlife has developed unique physiological and behavioral traits to help them survive and thrive in New York’s cold winter climate. [Read more…] about How Wildlife Adapts To New York Winters
“That’s a downy. No wait, it’s a hairy – definitely a hairy. Well, hang on…maybe it is a downy.” I admit it: I’ve had this happen to me more than once. [Read more…] about Downy or Hairy Woodpecker?
New York State’s Watercraft Inspection Steward Programs are now recruiting boat stewards for the 2021 season. [Read more…] about Boat Stewards Sought for 2021 Boating Season
Dr. Chad P. Dawson, formerly a member of the NYS Adirondack Park Agency from 2016 until December 2020, has been elected to Adirondack Wild’s Board of Directors.
Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve is a not-for-profit membership organization which acts on behalf of public wilderness and embraces wild land values and stewardship on both public and private lands. [Read more…] about Chad P. Dawson Joins Adirondack Wild Board
The Preservation League of New York State, New York State Council on the Arts, Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, and Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area have announced the recipients of their 2020 Technical Assistance Grants. [Read more…] about Preservation Assistance Grants Awarded, New Funding Available