- Early Photo of NYC To Be Auctioned
- John Hope Franklin Has Died
- Public Hearing For Coney Island Plan
- Buffalo News: Pass Rehab Tax Credit
- St. Lawrence Co Papers Auction
- History Gets Paddy Whacked
- Bill Would Limit NY Museum Art Sales
- Ambitious Finger Lakes Museum Project
- Wartime Scrapbook Tells Haunting Story
- Van Buren Property Will Expand
A new feature, every Friday morning I’ll be bringing you the best of the blogosphere. I’ll be keeping it to New York history, or stories and trends of national scope that are relevant to new York history. The usual Top New York History News Stories feature will continue at noon on Fridays. Enjoy!
- Public Historian: Women on The Key (Ada Lovelace Day)
- Digitization 101: Google Books Settlement at Columbia
- AHA Blog: Image Resource Roundup
- Great Lives In History: The “Queen of Gospel Hymns”
- Patell and Waterman’s: Al Jolson’s Own Story
- Inside the Apple: Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
- The Bowery Boys: Forty Thieves, The First Gang of New York
- American History Now: The End of History?
- City Room: The Grand Concourse’s First Century
- Adirondack Almanack: Tupper Lake History For The People
The Iroquois Indian Museum in Howes Cave, NY has announced the opening of their 2009 exhibition: “Native Americans in the Performing Arts: From Ballet to Rock and Roll.” America’s first Prima Ballerina, Maria Tallchief; Grammy winning singer/songwriter, Joanne Shenandoah; founding member of the Village People, Felipe Rose; and legendary Rock musician, Robbie Robertson are a few of the Native American performers featured in this dynamic new exhibition. [Read more…] about New Exhibit On Native American Performing Arts Opens
Native American Institute of The Hudson River Valley will host ten scholars who will present papers on all aspects of Mohican culture on April 4, 2009 at the New York State Museum in Albany.
The Native American Institute of the Hudson River Valley (NAIHRV) specializes in the study of the native Algonquian people, or Mohicans, who were long settled along the river. Described by Hudson’s crew as “loving people,” they greeted the explorer in a friendly manner and later played an important role in the survival of the new colony.
The NAIHRV is a nonprofit organization of interested volunteers, educators, archaeologists, historians, and researchers devoted to promoting an awareness of Native Americans in general and the Mohican Nation in particular.
Here a note I received from the New York State Museum’s Marilyn Douglas, who is coordinator of the New Netherland Institute:
Bill Greer’s novel, set in 17th-century New Amsterdam, is now available from the New Netherland Institute online shop @ $10.95 plus $5.00 for S&H. (The S&H will be added at check-out.) You can access this new addition in the shop (scroll down on home page to broad horizontal band and click on online shop) at “latest products” or click on the books tab. Click “more” to read a description.
While you’re there, browse a bit! The shop, with its number and variety of products, is becoming an important aspect of the website and a good place to search for special gifts. While a work of fiction, The Mevrouw Who Saved Manhattan paints a real portrait of life in New Amsterdam. It presents a window into Dutch culture during the Golden Age of the Netherlands and how that culture transplanted to the wilderness of the Hudson Valley. The thread of Jackie’s life reflects the central theme of the Dutch period, the rebellion of the common people against their rulers, the Dutch West India Company and its Directors, a conflict that historians argue laid the foundation for the pluralistic, freedom-loving society that America became.
Bill Greer is Treasurer and Trustee of the New Netherland Institute.
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- Double Dutch: Native NYC Game
- Reinvest New York Policy Update
- America History in Video Free
- McCauley Mtn to Celebrate 50 Yrs
- From Bell Tower To Cell Tower
- Merryl Tisch Is New Regents Chancellor
- Fall of Music Row Confirmed
- Irish in America: Long & Gregarious History
- Audubon Park Historic District Update
To coincide with Women’s History Month, the National Women’s Hall of Fame announces its 2009 Inductees. Included in the group of ten outstanding American women are world-renowned artist Louise Bourgeois, biochemist Dr. Mildred Cohn, attorney and women’s rights activist Karen DeCrow, domestic violence advocate Susan Kelly-Dreiss, attorney and social justice activist Dr. Allie B. Latimer, ecologist and limnologist Dr. Ruth Patrick, and atmospheric scientist Dr. Susan Solomon. These women, along with three historic figures, will be inducted during a weekend of celebration to be held in Seneca Falls, New York on October 10-11, 2009. Seneca Falls was the location of the first women’s rights convention, held in 1848. The event began a 72-year struggle for women’s suffrage. [Read more…] about Ten Named to National Women’s Hall of Fame
A new book chronicles the untold story of the largest restored home in America – OHEKA Castle. The 291-page work, entitled OHEKA CASTLE Monument to Survival, is the definitive behind-the-scenes look at the 20-year and $30 million dollar historic preservation of New York’s largest home and Long Island’s largest Gold Coast mansion which, at 115,000 square feet, is more than twice the size of the White House. OHEKA Castle, placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004, has previously been featured on Home and Garden Television Network’s (HGTV) Restore America as well as the final episode of the Arts & Entertainment Network’s (A&E) America’s Castles. The new book is the only work that reveals the mansion’s 90-year history, the extraordinary efforts to save it and the restoration itself depicted in over 250 black and white and full color photographs.
The book opens up with personal reflections about OHEKA by best-selling author and Long Islander, Nelson DeMille. DeMille’s introduction begins with the statement: “Ellen Schaffer and Joan Cergol have worked eight years to write this remarkable book about a remarkable house: OHEKA Castle.” In the book’s foreword, entitled “Why OHEKA matters,” the authors state: “In sharing OHEKA’s story, we also tell a tale of victory for all those who believe historic structures should and can be saved for future generations. By documenting this successful large-scale experience in historic preservation, we hope to educate and inspire others to attain their own hopes and dreams of saving that ‘big old house’ down the road.”
The new book is the product of an eight year collaboration between co-authors Ellen Schaffer and Joan Cergol, who were introduced in 1996 by OHEKA Castle owner Gary Melius. Schaffer, a civic leader and longtime resident of Cold Spring Hills, the community in which OHEKA is situated, and Cergol, a local public relations professional, worked side by side to create a not-for-profit organization known as “Friends of OHEKA” and develop an innovative zoning approach to preserve the structure and maintain its residential zoning. At that time, OHEKA’s future was at risk due to zoning issues threatening Melius’ ability to advance his restoration plan for a 127-room “single family home” on Long Island’s North Shore.
The story illustrates the importance of public-private partnerships for historic preservation in America, where government funding is almost non-existent. It also documents a successful “public awareness campaign” to garner the public support needed for government intervention. The story reveals how a dedicated and resourceful owner, a supportive community and an enlightened town came together to accomplish what seemed impossible – rescuing, restoring and ultimately succeeding in finding adaptive reuses for an otherwise obsolete Gold Coast mansion in the center of a residential community.
The book encourages owners of historic structures, local communities and governments across America to think “outside the box” of historic preservation. The story reveals how a preservation tool known as a “historic overlay district,” when combined with good old-fashioned American ingenuity, can turn a devastated Gold Coast ruins into a useful structure to serve our modern-day society. Now carefully captured and preserved by the co-authors, this “preservation success story” is itself preserved to serve a larger goal of encouraging ordinary citizens and local governments to save historic homes for future generations.
The New York State Board for Historic Preservation recommended the addition of 32 properties to the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Property owners, municipalities and organizations from communities throughout the state sponsored the nominations.
“From urban office towers and factories to rural cemeteries and hillside retreats, these nominations reflect New York’s distinctive history,” said Carol Ash, Commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. “Recognizing these landmarks will help us to preserve, appreciate and understand New York’s unique past.”
Listing these properties on the State and National Registers can assist their owners in revitalizing the structures. Listing will make them eligible for various public preservation programs and services, such as matching state grants and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits.
The State and National Registers are the official lists of buildings, structures, districts, landscapes, objects and sites significant in the history, architecture, archeology and culture of New York State and the nation. There are nearly 90,000 historic buildings, structures and sites throughout the state listed on the National Register of Historic Places, individually or as components of historic districts.
Once the recommendations are approved by the state historic preservation officer, the properties are listed on the New York State Register of Historic Places and then nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, where they are reviewed and, once approved, entered on the National Register.
STATE REVIEW BOARD RECOMMENDATIONS
1. Peltier House, Cohoes
2. Norman’s Vale (Nott House), Guilderland
3. New Scotland Presbyterian Church & Cemetery, Slingerlands
4. Hutchinson Homestead, Cayuga
5. Dunkirk Schooner Site, Dunkirk
6. Holden B. Mathewson House, South Otselic
7. Eaton Family Residence/Jewish Center of Norwich, Norwich
8. Conyn-Van Rensselaer House, Claverack
9. St. John’s Lutheran Church, Ancram
10. Pratt Homestead, Spencertown
11. Stage Coach Inn/Royal Johnson House
12. E.&B. Holmes Machinery Company Building, Buffalo
13. Masonic Temple, Newport Lodge No.455, Newport
14. Beth-El Jewish Center of Flatbush, Brooklyn
15. Sweet Briar, Geneseo
16. Chittenango Pottery, Chittenango
17. Lake View Cemetery, Brockport
18. Chalmers Knitting Mill, Amsterdam
New York County
19. New York Telephone Co. Building, Manhattan
20. Park and Tilford Building, Manhattan
21. 8 Berkley Drive, Lockport
22. First United Methodist Church, Rome
23. Edward W. Stanley Recreation Center, Clinton
24. Louis Will House, Syracuse
25. C.G. Meaker Warehouse and Syracuse Industrial Properties, Syracuse
26. Dock Hill Extension Stone Arch Bridge, Cornwall-on-Hudson
27. Balmville Cemetery, Balmville
28. Dr. Charles M. Lee House, Fulton
29. Little Stone House, Mexico
30. Jacques Marchais Center of Tibetan Art, Staten Island
31. William Cauldwell House, Noyac
32. Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Sleepy Hollow
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- PhD’s Anticipating Hard Times
- Rensselaer Co. History Group May Close
- Schenectady County Celebrates 200
- New England Regional Genealogical Conf.
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