The 1816 Farmington Meetinghouse in Farmington will host “Frances Ellen Watkins Harper: Poet, Activist, Reformer,” a program set for Sunday, September 26th, at Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua, Ontario County, NY. [Read more…] about Frances Ellen Watkins Harper: Poet, Activist, Reformer
Ask someone the name of a three-ring circus and their response would likely be Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey, or a combination of the two. Ringling Brothers World’s Greatest Shows was established in 1884 and P.T. Barnum’s Great Traveling Museum, Menagerie, Caravan, and Hippodrome had opened in 1871. Predating both was the biggest, most successful, though also the least known of the traveling shows, Adam Forepaugh’s Great All-Feature Show and Wild West Combined, established in 1863. [Read more…] about Forepaugh’s Wild West Show & Circus Enthralled Upstate NY
The William G. Pomeroy Foundation has announced the newest grant round of its Historic Transportation Canals Marker Grant Program is now open. This program commemorates the historical significance of transportation canals in the United States with roadside markers. [Read more…] about Historic Transportation Canals Marker Grants Available
The Empire State Aerosciences Museum, located at 250 Rudy Chase Drive in Glenville, will hold its monthly Fly-In Breakfast on Saturday, September 18th, from 8:30 am to 10:30 am. [Read more…] about Fly-In Breakfast Program on NYS Police Aviation on 9/11
John Brown’s raid on the slaveholders of Virginia is often considered a hopeless fool’s errand, but it was far from it. Brown’s plan was simple enough: capture weapons and ammunition form the Harpers Ferry federal Armory, retire to the countryside and conduct nighttime border raids to free Southern slaves.
The principal goal of the actual raid was to free slaves, not attack and hold a Southern state. Brown, well-armed and experienced in the type of raid he was planning, was fairly confident in its success. [Read more…] about The Last Days of John Brown: Pikes, Rifles, and Revolvers
The Historical Society of Woodstock will host “Standing on Their Shoulders: 101 Years of Voting and Still Marching for Women’s Rights,” a new exhibit set to run from September 18th through October 24th, at the Eames House Museum in Woodstock, NY. [Read more…] about Women’s Rights History Exhibit in Woodstock
In the late 1700s Ebenezer Wright came to Rome, New York, from Connecticut and purchased 190 acres of farm land, which became Wright Settlement. In the mid-20th century, much of the land was converted into the former Griffiss Air Force Base.
Wright Cemetery, located just north of the Griffiss runway, is an historic burial ground with about 3,000 gravestones, a chapel, and a carriage house. The cemetery serves as a reminder of the settlement and the community members who lived there for 150 years. [Read more…] about Oneida County’s Wright Settlement Presentation Sept 15th
Edward Livingston Trudeau was born in 1848 in New York City to a family of physicians. During his late teens, his elder brother James contracted tuberculosis (TB) and Edward nursed him until his death three months later. At twenty, he enrolled in the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia College (now Columbia University), completing his medical training in 1871. Two years later, he was diagnosed with TB too.
Following current climate-therapeutic theories that promoted the relocation of patients to regions with atmospheric conditions favorable to recuperation, he moved to the Adirondack Mountains. Seeking as much open air as he possible could, almost continuously living outside, he subsequently regained his health. In 1876 he settled in Saranac Lake and established a small medical practice. It was the beginning of a remarkable career and a new chapter in American medical history. [Read more…] about Modernist Architecture, Literature, and the Adirondack Cottage Sanatorium
The Columbia County Historical Society (CCHS) has announced the newest itinerary in its ongoing Drive Through History series, which offers free, self-guided driving tours of Columbia County history. “Exploring Federal Architecture,” the new road trip, visits houses and other structures built during the Federal period. [Read more…] about Federal Architecture Explored in Columbia County Driving Tour
The Warren County Historical Society has announced “Politics and Patriots,” a performance by Lost Radio Rounders on Wednesday, September 15th at the Queensbury Masonic Historical Society. [Read more…] about NYS Folk Songs Concert Set for Queensbury