Across four centuries, from Ireland to India, British colonialism was above all the business of corporations. Corporations conceived, promoted, financed, and governed overseas expansion, making claims over territory and peoples while ensuring that British and colonial society were invested in their ventures. [Read more…] about Corporations that Built British Colonialism
A History of of Lionel Trains
The Mountain Top Historical Society of Greene County presents “A History of Lionel Trains” with Ron Gabriele on Sunday, June 11th at 1 pm. This presentation will be held at the historic Ulster and Delaware Railroad (U&D) Train Station on the MTHS campus in Haines Falls. [Read more…] about A History of of Lionel Trains
New Railroad Attraction at Copake Iron Works
Friends of Taconic State Park (FTSP) will celebrate the grand opening of the Pomeroy Family Railroad at the Copake Iron Works in Taconic State Park on Wednesday, June 7, 2023 at 2 pm. The public is invited to attend the celebration and take an inaugural ride on the railroad. [Read more…] about New Railroad Attraction at Copake Iron Works
19th Century Northern NY Railroad News
High-speed rail of the 19th century revolved around fewer stops, not faster trains.
“The first passenger train ever run on the Delaware and Hudson road without stopping at Saratoga passed through at midnight last night. [Read more…] about 19th Century Northern NY Railroad News
Did George Washington Burn New York City?
August 27, 1776, British troops under General William Howe attacked American forces commanded by George Washington in the Battle of Brooklyn. Assailed from three sides, Washington and the main body of the Americans escaped across the East River to Manhattan and then fled north, ultimately crossing the Hudson River, then known as the North River, to New Jersey.
If Washington and his troops had been captured either in Brooklyn or Manhattan, the American Revolution would likely have ended soon after it began. [Read more…] about Did George Washington Burn New York City?
Fort Chambly Patriots International Memorial Service
Organizations and dignitaries from Northern New York and Southern Quebec will join members of the Saranac Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution for an International Memorial Service on Saturday, June 3rd honoring Revolutionary War soldiers who, along with their Commanding Officer, succumbed to smallpox while retreating from Quebec City in the Spring of 1776. [Read more…] about Fort Chambly Patriots International Memorial Service
Paul Smith’s Students Create the Akwesasne Mohawk Mobile Cultural Center
Paul Smith’s College students have completed construction of the Akwesasne Mobile Cultural Center. This new cultural center is a result of a partnership between Paul Smith’s College and the Nia’s Little Library – a nonprofit that promotes literacy and preserve the Mohawk language. [Read more…] about Paul Smith’s Students Create the Akwesasne Mohawk Mobile Cultural Center
History-Based Student Art Camp Planned in Warren County
The Warren County Historical Society has announced “Eyes To The Past – Mind To The Future,” a History-Based Student Art Camp set for Monday through Friday, June 26th through 30th from 9 am to 2:30 pm. [Read more…] about History-Based Student Art Camp Planned in Warren County
Lake George Battlefield Park Visitor Center Reopens Friday
The Lake George Battlefield Park Visitor Center will open for its second season on Friday, May 26th. The Visitor Center is expanding its array of artifacts and exhibits that help tell the story of the Battlefield Park’s and surrounding areas’ importance during the French & Indian War and the American Revolution. [Read more…] about Lake George Battlefield Park Visitor Center Reopens Friday
Multiple Upstate NY Wildfires Keep Rangers Busy
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers were kept busy last week suppressing numerous wildfires around New York State as very dry conditions persisted and drove the Fire Danger to HIGH. Fires were reported in at least five towns in four counties, including in Clinton, Sullivan, Schoharie, and Albany Counties. The fires burned about 50 acres total including a large 30-acre fire that burned ion the town of Black Brook, Clinton County, for two days. At least two fires were caused by illegal debris burning despite the high danger for fire spread.
What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers. [Read more…] about Multiple Upstate NY Wildfires Keep Rangers Busy