USS Slater has announced Destroyer Escort Day, celebrating all Destroyer Escorts and their sailors as well as honor those who were lost in action, set for Saturday, June 18th in Albany. [Read more…] about Destroyer Escort Day At USS Slater in Albany
The Washington County Historical Society and the Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) have announce the dedication of a new historic marker to be placed at the Susan B Anthony Childhood Home at 2835 State Route 29 in Battenville (Town of Greenwich) on Saturday, June 18th. [Read more…] about Susan B. Anthony Childhood Home Historic Marker Dedication
The public is invited to a dramatization of the immediate aftermath of the capture and rescue of Arlington settler and Green Mountain Boy Captain Remember Baker.
On March 21, 1772 a posse of New Yorkers under John Munro (1728-1800) attempted to collect the New York bounty on Baker at his cabin at what is now East Arlington, Vermont. The area was initially claimed by New Hampshire, but New York, which also claimed the territory, began issuing grants of its own, some of which conflicted with those already made by New Hampshire. Armed conflicts between the rival claimants were common, and the Green Mountain Boys were organized to expel the settlers from New York. The dispute was resolved when Vermont (originally called New Connecticut) was established as an independent republic in 1777. [Read more…] about NY-VT Border Conflict Dramatization Planned for June 18th
The Ulysses S. Grant Cottage will host a celebration of Ulysses S. Grant’s Bicentennial Birthday, including food, music, magician, games, face painting, antiques and more set, for Saturday, June 18th. [Read more…] about Ulysses S. Grant’s 200th Birthday Anniversary Celebration
The Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation was one of 25 preservation organizations across the country to receive a grant from The 1772 Foundation. The $35,000 grant is to establish a historic property redevelopment program (HPRP). [Read more…] about 1772 Foundation Supports Preserving Saratoga Springs
In celebration of Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation will offer “Brandtville Boogie,” an exclusive tour with Carol Daggs set for Sunday, June 19th. [Read more…] about Historically Black Saratoga Farming Community Tour on Sunday
In the early 19th century, Schenectady played host to a distinctly American process through which hundreds of Black people gained their freedom. Although Schenectady County had a small enclave of free African Americans into the late colonial period, the overwhelming majority of Black Schenectadians were enslaved.
As New York State legislation gradually abolished the institution of slavery by 1827, many Black Schenectadians had to confront a new reality in which they were legally independent, but by no means legally equal.
One of these people was John Wendell [Jr.] whose birth remains shrouded in mystery. [Read more…] about Schenectady Black History & Barber John Wendell
Solomon Northup, the free black man who was kidnapped from Saratoga Springs and sold into slavery (as portrayed in the film 12 Years a Slave), was known locally as a good fiddler. Northup probably mostly played at dances, and there is no evidence that he played at any of Saratoga’s posh hotels.
But as a black musician, Northup probably could have found acceptance in such venues, because the way had been paved by Francis “Frank” Johnson. Johnson, a black resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, performed with his band during many summers at the best hotels in Saratoga. [Read more…] about Black Musician Francis Johnson at Saratoga, 1822-1843
To kick-off the partnership, Mob Museum Trustee and University of Nevada, Las Vegas Associate Professor of History Michael Green will participate in the History Center’s popular virtual speaker series “Experts Next Door.” [Read more…] about Saratoga Co History Center Forms Partnership with Mob Museum
In celebration of Great Outdoors Month, The New York State Canal System, including the Erie, Champlain, Oswego, and Cayuga-Seneca canals, is getting special recognition from the U.S. Department of the Interior as one of the nation’s newly designated National Water Trails. [Read more…] about Canalway Water Trail Added to National Recreational Trails System