Spaces of Enslavement: A History of Slavery and Resistance in Dutch New York (Cornell University Press, 2021) by Dr. Andrea Mosterman explores the history of slavery and resistance in Dutch New York. [Read more…] about Spaces of Enslavement: A History of Slavery and Resistance in Dutch New York
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Historic Huguenot Street in New Paltz will host a two-day living history event on Saturday, May 14th and Sunday, May 15th, that will transport visitors back in time to a colonial era marketplace. [Read more…] about 1645 Marketplace: A Living History Event in New Paltz Saturday
The New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site will host Revolutionary War encampment reenactments on Saturday and Sunday, May 14th and 15th, featuring reenactors and battle demonstrations.
The camps will be open to the public from 10 am to 4 pm, and a battle demonstration will take place at 2 pm each day with uniformed soldiers firing muskets and maneuvering to the music of fifes and drums. [Read more…] about Revolutionary War Encampment at New Windsor Cantonment
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents throughout New York State. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people.
What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers. [Read more…] about Rangers Respond to Missing Kids, Brush Fire, Wilderness Rescues
Standard hours of operation will be 7 am to 5 pm until October 12th, but busier locks and lift bridges will be open on demand until 10 pm. If adjustments to the schedule are necessary, the public will be notified accordingly. There are no tolls or fees for recreational use of the Canal system this year. [Read more…] about New York State Canal System Opens May 20th
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) is developing a Master Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (MP/EIS) for Clermont State Historic Site, located in the Town of Germantown, Columbia County.
Interested parties will have the opportunity to contribute to the master planning process during an online public workshop to be held Thursday, May 12th, at 5:30 pm. [Read more…] about Comments Sought On Clermont State Historic Site Management Plan
The Hendrick Hudson Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution hosts a free workshop, open to the public, on Saturday May 7 at 1:00 pm in Hudson, Columbia County, NY. It will be presented by chapter registrar Gretchen Maresco, MS.
Many people wonder about their ancestry. This workshop will outline how to get started researching your family history and outline a variety of resources. [Read more…] about Free Genealogy Workshop in Hudson Saturday
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Palisades Interstate Park Commission has announced the opening of “George Washington: Perspectives on His Life and Legacy Offers Picture of Revolutionary War General and First President,” a new, nearly completely digital exhibit at Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site in Newburgh. [Read more…] about New George Washington Exhibit at Washington’s Headquarters in Newburgh
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced the grand opening of the Hudson Valley segment of the New York State Birding Trail to highlight the State’s world-class and wide-ranging birding opportunities.
The Hudson Valley segment includes 39 locations on public lands throughout six counties, providing a variety of quality birding experiences for New Yorkers and visitors to enjoy. [Read more…] about Hudson Valley Segment of Statewide Birding Trail Opens
Few New York State farms had electric power in the 1920s. Even as late as 1930 ninety percent of farm families nationwide had no line-run electricity. On long winter evenings city dwellers could read and sew long past sunset, but farm families sat in near darkness and did chores, such as milking the cows, in the dim light of kerosene lanterns.
Some farmers used Delco-Light Plants made up of ranks of glass-jarred lead-storage batteries located in dirt-floored basements for electric power. As Delco’s slogan was, “Delco systems sell best by night,” Delco salesman cleverly arrived at dusk with small Delco systems to demonstrate to farmers how these DC-units, when sufficiently massed, could bring to the farm what folks in the cities enjoyed. But Delco systems were expensive, and the batteries had to be recharged with a generator powered by a gasoline engine. [Read more…] about The Night the Lights Came On: Electricity on New York State Farms