Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse are considered two of the greatest inventor-entrepreneurs. They were also great self- promoters, a skill that has somewhat obscured the nature of their roles and rivalry. [Read more…] about Edison, Westinghouse, & Schenectady
The Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation is set to host its second presentation on Saratoga gangsters with Greg Veitch on Thursday, February 27th. Veitch’s book A Gangster’s Paradise: Saratoga Springs from Prohibition to Kefauver recalls of a time of bootleggers and shootouts, raids and gambling dens, murder, and political payoffs in Saratoga Springs. [Read more…] about Saratoga Springs: A Gangster’s Paradise
King Philip’s War (also known by other names) took place in 1675–1678, mostly between native inhabitants of New England and New England Colonists.
The conflict was one of the greatest calamities of seventeenth century New England and extraordinarily violent. For example, after being defeated, native leader Metacomet was killed, his corpse beheaded, and then drawn and quartered – his head was displayed in Plymouth for more than 20 years. His son was among those enslaved and transported to Bermuda. [Read more…] about King Philip’s War & Violence Talk in Albany
Saratoga County History Roundtable (SCHR) is set to continue their Oral History initiative on Saturday, February 22nd, with “Creating Oral History,” a presentation by members of the Rutgers University Oral History Team. [Read more…] about Saratoga County Oral History Workshop
The Schenectady County Historical Society is set to open a new exhibition, Handcrafted: The Folk and Their Art, on February 1st.
Handcrafted: The Folk and Their Art explores folk art’s reflection of human needs, values, concerns, and desires. Handcrafted is co-curated by Susanna Fout and Schenectady County Community College folk art professor Marilyn Sassi and will feature over fifty carefully selected pieces, most of which have never been displayed publicly. [Read more…] about Handcrafted: The Folk and Their Art in Schenectady
The Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation, established in 1977 to protect and preserve the architectural, cultural and landscape heritage of Saratoga, recently added three new members to its Board of Directors: Jaime Butler-Binley, Stephen Kyne, and Bill McCarthy Jr.. [Read more…] about Saratoga Springs Preservation Adds Board Members
The Saratoga County Historical Society is set to celebrate the opening of its 2020 season with a Chocolate Festival on Friday, February 7th from 7 to 8:30 pm at Brookside Museum in Ballston Spa. [Read more…] about Colonial Chocolate Festival Set For Brookside Museum
The 2020 New York State Canal Conference will be held October 4-6, 2020 at the Rivers Casino Event Center in Schenectady.
This year’s conference will explore the trends and opportunities in the regional and international waterway systems. [Read more…] about 2020 NYS Canal Conference Being Held In Schenectady
The Albany Institute of History & Art has announced they will offer free admission to the galleries on Monday, January 20, 2020 from 10 am to 5 pm.
Current exhibitions include: A Brilliant Bit of Color: The Work of Walter Launt Palmer; Painting the American Southwest: The Work of Otto Plaug; Joan Steiner’s Look-Alikes; The Hudson River School: Landscape Paintings from the Albany Institute; Ancient Egypt; and Traders & Culture: Albany and the Formation of American Identity. [Read more…] about Albany Institute Free On MLK Day
The Albany Institute of History & Art is set to host “What is a Waterway Anyway?” with guest speaker Daniel Rinn, PhD candidate at the University of Rochester, on Sunday, January 19th, at 2 pm. This lecture is included with museum admission and part of the New York tour of the Water/Ways exhibition that is currently on view at the Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston, New York (January 11-February 23, 2020). [Read more…] about Historic Waterways Focus of Special Albany Lecture