Historic Saranac Lake (HSL) has announced a series of programs in celebration of Béla Bartók. The great Hungarian composer spent the last three summers of his life in Saranac Lake, in the Adirondack Mountains of Northern New York. [Read more…] about Historic Saranac Lake Celebrating Béla Bartók
The Old Stone Fort Museum and Schoharie County Historical Society have received a donation of a Revolutionary War era powder horn.
Skillfully created by horn craftsman Hank Yost, the piece presented reflects the architecture and engraving styles of the Revolutionary period and was specifically designed to represent the life and times of the Hartmansdorf House’s original occupant Philip Bartholomew. [Read more…] about Museum Acquires Revolutionary Era Powder Horn Reproduction
Since its founding in 1689, the British 24th regiment has been in every major conflict Britain been involved in, from the fields of Blenheim (1704), Saratoga (1777) to being the only Welsh regiment to land on D-Day (1944).
Since receiving permission by the Royal Regiment of Wales in 1995 to establish a living history organization of the 24th, everything they do comes straight from the pens of British officers, soldiers and contemporary sources, from the clothing and equipment they wear (mostly handmade) to the maneuvers they use to recreate the battles. [Read more…] about British Brigade Reenactors in Kingston on Saturday
On this episode of A New York Minute in History, Devin Lander and Lauren Roberts discuss how the poor conditions of female textile workers in Capital Region cities led to the creation of a retreat on Lake George where women could “escape” the cities. [Read more…] about Georgia O’Keefe At Wiawaka On Lake George
The small colonial town that the Dutch founded in North America was called New Amsterdam. We now know it as New York City. The story of how the name evolved has many twists and turns and is, in fact, a tale of war and peace. [Read more…] about New Amsterdam & New York: What’s In A Name?
The Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation (SSPF) will host a walking tour of Saratoga Springs‘ historic Franklin Square as part of their Summer Sunday Stroll program, on Sunday, June 26th. [Read more…] about Tour Saratoga’s Historic Franklin Square
Joseph Urban may be a somewhat forgotten figure in America’s annals of culture, but during his lifetime he enjoyed an almost legendary reputation. An all-round creative talent, Urban was a prolific Gilded Age illustrator, set designer, and architect of private dwellings, theaters, and a university building in the city of New York. His Gingerbread Castle was built for a fairy tale themed amusement park in Hamburg, New Jersey.
His feeling for color and choice of materials did much to revitalize American stage design and architecture. The contrast between two of Urban’s extant buildings shows the range of his talent as an architect. It goes beyond that: the marked stylistic difference seemed to foreshadow the divisiveness of contemporary society. [Read more…] about The Architecture of Joseph Urban: Mar-a-Lago & The New School
Maps and charts have always played an important role in the planning and execution of military operations. Military maps, nautical charts, and fortification plans form a significant part of the holdings in the Cartographic Branch of the National Archives.
Among these records include a recently digitized series of World War II Records from the Adjutant General’s Office of the War Department (Record Group 407). These records are available to view and download from the National Archives Catalog. [Read more…] about Mapping World War II: Archival Resources
The Ticonderoga Historical Society (THS) will host “The Last Days of John Brown,” a free program set for Friday, June 24th, at the Hancock House in Ticonderoga. [Read more…] about ‘The Last Days of John Brown’ in Ticonderoga Friday
The Time and the Valleys Museum in Sullivan County in the Catskills will host “Discover WATER!,” a program about watersheds, the water cycle and anything to do with Catskills water, set for Sunday, June 26th. [Read more…] about Discover Water Kids Afternoon in the Catskills