The Schenectady County Historical Society will host “Iroquois/Haudenosaunee Material Culture, 1700-1815,” a virtual program exploring the material culture of the Six Nations Haudenosaunee, or Iroquois, between 1700 and 1815, set for Thursday, February 24th. [Read more…] about Haudenosaunee Material Culture, 1700-1815 (Virtual Program)
In 1652, New Netherland Director General Peter Stuyvesant declared that Fort Orange and everything around it, including the village outside the fort, often called Oranje after the fort, was independent of the ownership of the Van Rensselaer family. He named the small mostly Dutch village “Beverwyck.”
Possibly at the urging of the Van Rensselaers, their earlier manager Arendt Van Curler (Corlear) began planning the construction of a new village. [Read more…] about Colonial Conflict, Native People, Anti-Catholicism & The Burning of Schenectady
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The Schoharie County Historical Society has announced the acquisition of two John Wilkinson original folk art paintings which will be added to the society’s permanent collection.
The pieces each depict the historic Hartmansdorf House, located on the Old Stone Fort Museum Complex grounds in Schoharie, NY, at two important milestones in the historical society’s history. [Read more…] about Old Stone Fort Museum Acquires New Folk Art Paintings
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) have announced that nine projects and one individual are being recognized with a 2021 New York State Preservation Award for their efforts to preserve the state’s history.
The honors include the restoration of a Mohawk Valley Carnegie Library, the adaptive reuse of a Buffalo grain silo, and the recognition of a historic neighborhood on Fire Island. [Read more…] about NYS Historic Preservation Awards Announced
By 1642, the number of inhabitants of the van Rensselaer Manor Rensselaerswyck had grown and Patroon Kiliaen van Rensselaer willingly complied with a requirement of the Dutch West India Company to secure a clergyman for a Dutch Church to conduct services for the settlers.
The Reverend Doctor Johannis Megapolensis, Jr., the dominie (pastor) of the congregation of Schorel and Berg, belonging to the classis of Alkmaar in Holland, was selected and accepted the call. He was to serve for six years at a salary of one thousand guilders (about $400) per year. He was also to receive a yearly donation of thirty schepels (22 ½ bushels) of wheat and two firkins of butter. [Read more…] about Father Isaac Jogues, Pastor Johannes Megapolensis & Native People
The Oneida County History Center in Utica, NY has announced the exhibit “Proctor Family Christmas Card Collection” is now on display until January 29th, 2022. [Read more…] about Historic Christmas Card Collection Exhibit in Utica
Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, in partnership with the NYS Canal Corporation, has announced that seven organizations have been selected to receive Erie Canalway IMPACT! Grants totaling $64,323.
Funded projects include work to showcase canal heritage and welcome people to explore the Erie Canal in their local communities. [Read more…] about 64k Awarded To Support Erie Canal Education, Tourism
There is a fascinating letter from Evan Evans of Turin, Lewis County, NY to his relatives back in Wales. It is written in Welsh and dated August 1856.
The letter tells the story of a young man who had recently arrived in the United States who was struggling with homesickness and wrestling with doubts about whether he had made the right decision to move to America. He describes the sea-crossing, his arrival, and his new life in north-central New York State.
The letter now resides in the Meirionnydd Archives in northwest Wales. [Read more…] about A Welsh Immigrant Writes Home from Upstate New York, 1856
The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, NY has announced five live performances of Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol, set for Thursday, December 16th through Sunday, December 19th. [Read more…] about ‘A Christmas Carol’ Performances at Farmers Museum