The Ticonderoga Historical Society will commemorate the U.S. entry into the Second World War with a free public program set for Friday, June 25th at the Hancock House, located at 6 Moses Circle, Ticonderoga. [Read more…] about Ticonderoga Home Front in World War II
Juneteenth is a state holiday that commemorates June 19th, 1865, the day slavery ended in Texas. Over the last decade, a push to make Juneteenth a national holiday to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States has gained momentum.
What do we know about Juneteenth and its origins?
In this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, Annette Gordon-Reed, an award-winning historian at Harvard University and Harvard Law School, is a native Texan and she joins us to discuss the early history of Texas and the origins of the Juneteenth holiday with details from her book, On Juneteenth (Liveright, 2021).
The Oneida County History Center (OCHC) has announced they are seeking nominations for the 2021 Historical Hall of Fame and Living Legends Awards. Inductees are honored at an annual awards ceremony held each fall and through a permanent display in the History Center’s exhibit gallery. [Read more…] about Oneida Co History Hall of Fame Nominations Sought
The State Legislature has just adjourned, but on a good many nights this past month I grew sleepy watching legislative TV or legislative proceedings on the internet. For the non-debate pieces of legislation, meaning when the legislative majority is not allowing minority debate on bills, the viewer is treated to the following exchanges in a monotone, one after the other:
The speaker or his representative, or the Senate president or her representative: “The clerk will read the bill.” The clerk: “a bill to” …whatever it does. The speaker or his representative: “The clerk will read the final section.” The clerk: “this act shall take effect immediately.” The speaker, president or their representative: “The vote: 63 in favor. The bill is passed.” All of that has taken less than ten seconds. Next. [Read more…] about The End of Arbitrary Powers to Dam Adirondack Rivers
The most recent episode of “Empire State Engagements” features a conversation with author Brad Edmondson about his book A Wild Idea: How the Environmental Movement Tamed the Adirondacks (Three Hills/Cornell University Press, 2021). [Read more…] about An Interview With Brad Edmondson On Adirondack History
The USS Slater is set to celebrate Destroyer Escort Day with a ceremony at 9 am on Saturday, June 19th. Destroyer Escort Day celebrates all Destroyer Escorts and their sailors as well as honor those who were lost in action. [Read more…] about USS Slater Celebrating Destroyer Escort Day
Andrew Alpern, author of Posh Portals: Elegant Entrances and Ingratiating Ingresses to Apartments for the Affluent in New York City (Abbeville Press, 2020), says first impressions count when it comes to the luxury buildings of the city, which is what inspired him to write Posh Portals. [Read more…] about Posh Portals: Elegant Upper West Side Entrances
During his lifetime Ulysses S. Grant watched technology change the world around him. Significant advancements in travel, communications, energy production, and medical science during his life would lead to his recognition of the vital importance technology played in the pursuit of progress. Grant was intrigued by and supported innovations in technology as a military commander and President. [Read more…] about Ulysses S. Grant & Modern Technological Innovations
The Saratoga County History Roundtable has announced a tour of Clute’s Dry Dock on the Erie Canal at Vischer Ferry, set for Saturday, June 26th. [Read more…] about Tour Clute’s Dry Dock at Vischer Ferry June 26th
The Huddy-Asgill Affair was an event that occurred towards the end of the American Revolution, the result of ongoing killings taking place between the Patriot and Loyalist factions. Joshua Huddy, a captain of the Monmouth Militia and privateer was overwhelmed and captured by Loyalist forces at the blockhouse (small fort) he commanded at the village of Toms River, New Jersey. He was accused of complicity in the death of Philip White. Huddy was conveyed to New York City, then under British control, where he was summarily sentenced by William Franklin (Loyalist son of Benjamin Franklin) to be executed. [Read more…] about The Huddy-Asgill Affair: Patriot & Loyalist Retaliation