This week on The Historians Podcast, Bob Cudmore and Dave Greene discuss a factory building in Fort Plain that was the 20th century home of Luxuray, makers of women’s underwear. They also talk about the Mohawk Carpet Mills in Amsterdam as described in a 1950 mill publication. [Read more…] about Luxuray: Fort Plain’s Underwear Factory History
The Rome Historical Society has invited the public to take a tour of historic Rome and Westernville during its inaugural Tour of Homes community celebration on Sunday, July 29th from noon to 5 pm.
Eight noteworthy properties and their unique histories will be showcased as the Society re-activates a community tradition during Honor America Days weekend. This year’s Tour of Homes includes both residential and commercial buildings, ranging from an 1856 former church to a newly-built historic home reproduction, to the 1894 mansion of a significant Rome leader. Patrons may visit each property at their leisure and in the order they choose. [Read more…] about Rome Historical Society’s 2018 Home Tour Set
The Rome Historical Society (RHS) is set to present “Growing the Collection” a special program featuring items recently donated to the Society, on Thursday, July 19th at 7 pm.
Every year dozens of people donate books, photographs, and other objects to local historical societies and museums so that these tangible pieces of the past can be preserved for future generations. [Read more…] about Rome Historical’s Recent Acquisitions Thursday
Two programs focusing on Alexander Hamilton have been set for July 18th and 25th, at the Rome Historical Society in Rome, NY.
The programs will be presented by Rand Scholet, Hamilton scholar and founder/President of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society. [Read more…] about Alexander Hamilton at the Rome Historical Society
The Schoharie County Historical Society Summer Lecture Series is set to continue on Thursday, July 26 at 7 pm with “Reconstructing Cobleskill”, presented by local author and historian Peter Lindemann.
Through the use of film and photos, Mr. Lindemann will explore the intersection of a mysterious old film and a lost notebook, set to the music of the big bands. [Read more…] about ‘Reconstructing Cobleskill’ Lecture at the Old Stone Fort
Schoharie Crossing is set to host the annual Canal Days Festival on July 14-15 from 11 am to 4 pm. This event is a free community festival celebrating the Erie Canal and the character of the people and towns along the way. This event is part of the continuing celebration of the Erie Canal Bicentennial. The Erie Canal was started in 1817 and completed in 1825.
This year’s festival will feature a participatory balloon art installation by Airigami. This company has been creating unique art displays which have been showcased around the world. As part of the Canal Days festivities, they will be supervising the creation of a large Erie Canal packet boat mural out of environmentally friendly balloons. [Read more…] about Canal Days at Schoharie Crossing Historic Site
This week on The Historians Podcast, Russell Shorto discusses his new book, Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom. Shorto spoke earlier this month at the Fort Plain NY Museum’s American Revolution conference in the Mohawk Valley. He is also author of the best-selling history of New York City, The Island at the Center of the World. Listen to the podcast here. [Read more…] about Russell Shorto on the American Revolution
The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor has announce that new dockside kiosks are being installed at 45 locations along the Canal System this summer.
The signs are intended for boaters, cyclists, paddlers, and other canal travelers, and are intended to give people a big picture understanding of the canal system, as well as make connections with local communities. [Read more…] about New Dockside Signs Coming For Canal System
Registration is now open for the 2018 New York State Canal Conference, October 14-16 in Staten Island.
This year’s conference celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the Erie Barge Canal and continues the celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Erie Canal. It will also focus on the unique role of New York Harbor as the eastern terminus of the Canal System. [Read more…] about NYS Canal Conference Registration Open
Museum Educator Patrick Reynolds is set to discuss a variety of maps of the region using modern geospatial technology to overlay these maps onto current maps of the area on June 21 at 7 pm at the Rome Historical Society.
County Atlas’ and Sanborn fire insurance maps will be discussed as a tool for researchers as well as some recently uncovered maps found during work on improvements to permanent Rome Historical Society exhibits. [Read more…] about Early Maps of Rome NY Presentation Set