Lake Champlain Maritime Museum has announced that they will remain free for all visitors for the 2022 season. The museum will be open from May 21st through October 16th with outside and indoor exhibits, summer camps and expeditions, historic replica boats, new public programs, and more. [Read more…] about Lake Champlain Maritime Museum to Reopen For Free May 21st
Fraunces Tavern Museum will host “Female Genius: Eliza Harriot and George Washington at the Dawn of the Constitution,” a free program by Mary Sarah Bilder on Thursday, May 19th.
In this lecture, Mary Sarah Bilder looks to the 1780s, the Age of the Constitution, to investigate the rise of a radical new idea in the English-speaking world: female genius. [Read more…] about Female Genius: Eliza Harriot and George Washington
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is seeking public comment on a draft management plan for the Edinburgh and Corinth Conservation Easement Tracts in Saratoga County. The public comment period is open until June 10th, 2022. [Read more…] about Edinburgh and Corinth Tracts Management Comments Sought
I think one of the most intriguing aspects of being a history buff is peeling back the layers of history beneath the surface of a well-known location. We drive by today and wonder – what was it like 50 years ago? 100 years ago? Even 200 years ago.
What homes, barns, taverns, and other structures were there, long since gone? Which buildings still exist along the road, often remodeled to the point where they might be unrecognizable to the original inhabitants? Who lived there? What roads did they travel to get to the next crossroads, the next village? Do we still follow the same routes that existed back in the day? [Read more…] about Ellis Corners: Before Saratoga Spa State Park & SPAC
Owners of historic barns (built before 1946) may be eligible for New York State’s new Historic Barn Tax Credit program for qualifying expenses to rehabilitate or maintain their barns.
The 25% credit, available to barn owners who pay New York State income tax, can be applied to qualifying barn rehabilitation and/or maintenance expenses incurred in the previous five years. [Read more…] about NYS Historic Barn Tax Credit Program Informational Session
He played key roles in the Abolitionist Movement, Underground Railroad, and nascent Women’s Rights Movement in Central New York. [Read more…] about Frederick Douglass in Central New York
The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and the New York State Canal Corporation, through the Reimagine the Canals initiative, have announced that 38 non-profit organizations and municipalities will receive grants in 2022 totaling $259,300.
The grants will support 11 tourism infrastructure and amenity improvements and 27 events along the NYS Canal System. [Read more…] about Canal Tourism Infrastructure, Event Grants Announced
New York Folklore in Schenectady has announced the opening of a new exhibit of Adirondack Burls by guide and artist Donald Williams, open through summer 2022.
Burls are abnormalities in trees. The burl sculptures, brought to life by Williams, are carefully peeled by a small knife, and coated with varnish, enhancing their natural marbleized interior. No two are alike and they range from the size of a pea to as large as a bathtub. [Read more…] about Exhibit of Adirondack Burls by Guide & Artist Donald Williams Opens in Schenectady
A native of Glens Falls, Warren County, NY, Charles Reed Bishop was born in the tollbooth over the Hudson River in 1822. As a young man, he was educated at the Glens Falls Academy, lived with relatives in Warrensburg, and then set sail to the Pacific, landing in the Hawaiian islands, where he married Princess Bernice Pauahi Pākī, an aliʻi of the Royal Family of the Kingdom of Hawaii.
Bishop and Princess Pauahi went on to become one of founders of modern-day Hawaii. He established the first bank, created the Kamehameha Schools, and were major philanthropists. [Read more…] about Hawaii Advocate, Glens Falls Native Charles Reed Bishop
In the late 1700s and early 1800s, there were a growing number of adventurers anxious to explore the sea, find new lands, chart new islands, and if they made their fortune while doing it, all the better.
There were also those just trying to get away from home and signing on to a whaling ship seemed the adventure of a lifetime. [Read more…] about James Eights: An Albany Artist-Scientist Who Explored Antarctica in 1830