The Landmark Society of Western New York today announced its 2024 Five to Revive — a list that identifies opportunities for targeted historic preservation and strategic revitalization. The announcement was made at a news conference this morning at The Landmark Society headquarters in Rochester, NY. [Read more…] about Landmark Society of Western NY Announces 2024 ‘Five to Revive’
In 1872, the economy of North America was threatened by an epizootic (animal epidemic) of equine influenza (horse flu), known as “The Great Epizootic of 1872.” The outbreak is believed to have been the most destructive recorded episode of equine influenza in history.
The virus was highly contagious among horses, spread mainly through droplets made when the animal coughs or sneezes. [Read more…] about When Travel Stopped: The 1872 Equine Influenza Epizootic
In 1904, the New York State legislature passed a bill to create the New York State College at Cornell. The bill created a land-grant college with an agriculture focus within Cornell and guaranteed fields of study related to agriculture would receive significant public funding. [Read more…] about Finger Lakes Technology: From Agriculture to Auto Racing
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
A Jacket Off the Gorge: True Story of the Biggest Liar (Post Hill Press, 2023) by Susan Ashline is part true crime, part memoir, and takes place entirely in New York. Reality becomes more dangerous than fiction when the author is pulled into the secrets and deceptions of an enigmatic con man who faked his own death and stole a treasure of ancient gold and silver coins that are still missing to this day.
A Jacket Off the Gorge is a page-turning real-life psychological thriller that tells the story of a journalist who crosses paths with a master manipulator — exposing the shortcomings of a criminal justice system that failed them both. [Read more…] about A Jacket Off the Gorge: Part True Crime, Part Memoir
In June of 1893, young and old alike came out in droves to see a strange-looking craft as it made its way westward along the Erie Canal. What had brought them out on those summer days was a replica of a Viking ship that had recently crossed the Atlantic on an epic journey whose story had begun one thousand years before.
Sometime around the year 900 a Norse ruler died and was buried in a king mound that over the hundreds of years that followed became known as Gokstadhaugen outside of Sandefjord, Norway. Though the name of the king was lost over the ages, legends concerning the site were passed down from generation to generation. [Read more…] about When Vikings Traveled The Hudson River & Erie Canal
The Rebellions of 1837-1838 were insurrections against the oligarchic government of the British colonies of Lower and Upper Canada in 1837 and 1838. The rebellion began in Lower Canada but quickly spread to Upper Canada as well. [Read more…] about The Rebellions of 1837-1838: American Influence & The Formation of Canada
Central New York communities that flourished with canal-related development and rail connections throughout the 19th century also became hotbeds for religious and social movements of the early 1800s as the area’s population rapidly grew.
Religious freedom granted by the United States Bill of Rights combined with rapid societal and technological changes experienced by Americans living through western expansion fueled an American spiritual movement that was exemplified in the newly opened frontier of New York. [Read more…] about Social and Religious Movements in Central New York
The Landmark Society of Western New York presented their annual Preservation Awards at a ceremony at the Rochester Academy of Medicine on Sunday afternoon. Awards were presented to twelve projects, buildings, and individuals that have contributed to historic preservation in the region. [Read more…] about Landmark Society of Western NY Presents Annual Preservation Awards
At the very worst economic time ever experienced, in 1929 an upstate New York petroleum merchant initiates a shop making and selling discretionary products for a consumer market characterized by 25 percent unemployment.
A few years later, and 15 miles down the same highway from the first, the same optimist opens a second shop. Improbably, the business idea achieves traction. [Read more…] about Craft Becomes Art: 1930s Upstate NY Highway Shops Created the U.S. Craft Movement