Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor has received an Open OutDoors for Kids grant from the National Park Foundation to expand education programs throughout the National Heritage Corridor. The grant will enable Erie Canalway to engage 1,500 students from lower income schools in free field trips to the Erie Canal Museum (Syracuse), Fort Stanwix National Monument (Rome), Saratoga National Historical Park (Stillwater), and Women’s Rights National Historical Park (Seneca Falls) during the 2023-24 school year. [Read more…] about Erie Canalway Corridor Receives Grant to Expand Education Programs
The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced Environmental Protection Fund grant awards totaling $978,820 for urban forest assessment and planning projects across the state. [Read more…] about Nearly $1 Million in Urban Forestry Grants Awarded
In the 1990s, psychiatrist Mindy Thompson Fullilove came to realize that the “urban epidemics” she was studying had roots in an earlier era, when the federal urban renewal program resulted in the destruction of hundreds of Black and low-income communities.
Since then, many scholars have followed her lead, including urban planner Tanya McGee, whose recent essay opens with a description of how displacement combined with disinvestment has proved “detrimental to the well-being of Black families for generations to come.” [Read more…] about The History and Harm of Federal Urban Renewal Policy in New York State
In this archive episode of The Historians Podcast, Purdue University Professor Emeritus Robert May weighs in on whether enslaved people were better treated during the Christmas season in the Old South.
May is author of Yuletide in Dixie: Slavery, Christmas and Southern Memory (2019). He earned his undergraduate degree at Union College in Schenectady. [Read more…] about Slavery, Christmas and Southern Memory
Some of the most enduring memories of the winter holiday season are those associated with smell.
For Santa, a whiff of reindeer dung probably brings the spirit of the season into focus, but we have loads of sweeter smells to remind us of Christmases past. [Read more…] about An Arborist Considers Christmas Trees, Evergreen Traditions
For over 30 years light displays were a cornerstone of the holiday celebration at Trinkaus Manor in Oriskany, Oneida County, NY. [Read more…] about Trinkaus Holiday Lights Were Once A Tradition
In 1839 the Whigs won the New York Senate from the Democrats, who campaigned against the “reckless building program of the Whigs,” with relation to expanding the Erie Canal.
In response, the Whigs removed the two Democrats remaining on the Canal Commission, Samuel Young and William C. Bouck, reducing the Commission from four to only three, and replaced them with a Whig, Simon Newton Dexter. [Read more…] about William Bouck & Erie Canal Expansion
The Frankfort United N-Trak (FUNTRAK) Model Railroad Club returns to the Oneida County History Center in Utica, NY for its annual holiday exhibition of the club’s model trains and rail history event for all ages. [Read more…] about Holiday Model Railroad Program in Utica
Wealthy elites from the city of New York began building homes at Skaneateles Lake as early as 1809, and mineral springs in Livingston County in the western portion of the greater Finger Lakes region attracted visitors starting in the 1820s. [Read more…] about A Short History of Finger Lakes Tourism
Land policy in colonial times in what is now New York State favored nobility and prominent men with connections to the Crown. This involved several countries (The Netherlands, England, and France), several explorers, several early pioneers, and appointed officials who oversaw the disbursement of land by land grants or patents. [Read more…] about New York Land Grants: Some History Until The American Revolution