The hamlet of Fort Hunter in Montgomery County, NY, while small, has been historically significant even since before the American Revolution. It was home to people of the Mohawk Nation and was known as the Lower Castle being downstream or below Canajoharie on the Mohawk River. Being at the confluence of the Schoharie Creek and river it was always an important trade post for goods, food, and cultures. [Read more…] about Historic Fort Hunter: From Queen Anne’s War to the Erie Canal
This week on The Historians Podcast, the guest is Kevin Hall, author of a memoir on growing up in Ilion in Herkimer County, New York: Ilion, My Childhood, My Memories Growing Up in a Bygone Era (Self Published, 2022). [Read more…] about Growing Up in Ilion, Herkimer County, New York
Wanda Burch, historian and author, from Glen in Montgomery County, NY, has received a 2022 individual artist grant from Saratoga Arts, for “Music in the Midst of Madness: Respite from the Turmoil of the Civil War,” a performance of readings and music chronicled in letters and memoirs during the American Civil War.
Burch will present excerpts from letters written by soldiers and their families, accompanied by historian/musician Ronald Burch and vocalist, Gisella Montanez Case in Montgomery County at four venues. [Read more…] about Music in the Midst of Madness: Respite from Civil War Turmoil
Schenectady County is in a state of revival. New events, businesses, initiatives and people have been coming to the city and surrounding communities to make their mark on one of the oldest settlements in New York State.
As a native to the area, I see two sides to this; it is great to see a new swing of development, making Schenectady attractive to those who don’t already call it home. However, as developers seem to be changing the cityscape ever faster, it is interesting to note where nature has taken its course. [Read more…] about Forgotten Farms of Schenectady County
For many people, “American” history begins with European exploration of the continent. From there, the narrative invariably centers on the colonial perspective and, after 1776, the perspective of the United States.
Consequently, the general public is generally uninformed about the history of Indigenous People that both predates New Netherland and the Pilgrims and persists to the present. And this article is by no means capable of addressing this broad historical issue. So let’s turn from this historical macrocosm to the microcosm of one city, Schenectady. [Read more…] about Schenectady’s Relationship to Native America
The new book Skohere and the Birth of New York’s Western Frontier 1609-1731, Vol. I 1609-1686 (self-published, 2022) by Jeff O’Connor is a history of the Schoharie Valley and the people who helped shape its earliest colonial history.
The Schoharie Valley is one of New York’s three great colonial valleys, its history closely connected to, but overshadowed by, the more famed Hudson and Mohawk Valleys. This first volume begins a sweeping narrative that connects a far-reaching network of people, places, and events to an expansive view of New York State history. [Read more…] about New Book on the Schoharie Valley & New York’s Western Frontier, 1609-1731
Imagine the Mohawk River flowing with more force than Niagara Falls. Around 22,000 years ago, that’s exactly how it was. During the last ice age, the Laurentide Glacier began to melt, forming a large lake atop the glacier. As the glacier receded north, it opened access to the Mohawk River, which for thousands of years had been buried beneath the two-mile thick block of ice. Suddenly, all that lake water had somewhere to go.
The deluge of water that was released was so great that it carved an entirely new riverbed. It was so great in fact, that geologists gave the river a new name; the Iromohawk. Water rushed down the valley, carving away the cliffs of Clifton Park, the gorge at Cohoes, and the channel at Rexford. The river also curved back onto itself, creating the bend around Schenectady that the Mohawk follows today. [Read more…] about A Brief History of the Mohawk River
Williams, 88, is an educator, lecturer, columnist, and author. He has written eleven books on local and Adirondack history. [Read more…] about Grandfather’s Tool Chest: Vintage and Antique Tools
The Rome Historical Society (RHS) has invited local veterans and retirees of the former Griffiss Air Force Base to a special viewing of RHS’ Griffiss Air Force Base photograph collection on Saturday, June 18th.
All attendees will be encouraged to share their memories and experiences with the audience during the event. [Read more…] about Griffiss Air Force Base Veterans Event Saturday