Peggy Gavin’s new book The Cat Men of Gotham: Tales of Feline Friendship in Old New York (Rutgers University Press, 2019) looks back to the nineteenth century in New York City, when humans dealt with feline overpopulation by gassing unwanted cats or tossing them in rivers, and the people who rescued them from the streets and welcomed them into their homes and hearts. [Read more…] about The Cats of Gotham: Tales of Feline Friendship in Old New York
Judith Friedlander’s new book A Light in Dark Times: The New School for Social Research and Its University in Exile (Columbia University Press, 2019) takes a look at the history of the New School for Social Research in New York City.
Founded in 1919 in the name of academic freedom, the New School for Social Research quickly became a pioneer in adult education — what its first president, Alvin Johnson, called “the continuing education of the educated.” [Read more…] about New School 100th Anniversary Marked With New History
A new book by Mack Travis, Shaping A City: Ithaca, New York, A Developer’s Perspective (Cornell University Press, 2018) is a look at one developer’s involvement, from first buying and renovating small houses, gradually expanding his thinking and projects to include a recognition of the interdependence of the entire city of Ithaca — jobs, infrastructure, retail, housing, industry, taxation, banking and City Planning. It is the story of how he, along with other local developers transformed a quiet, economically challenged upstate New York town into one that is recognized nationally as among the best small cities in the country. [Read more…] about Shaping A City: New Book on Ithaca
A new book by independent researcher and author Marjory Allen Perez, Freedom, A Shared Sacrifice! tells the stories of Western New York’s African American Civil War soldiers and their families.
Freedom, A Shared Sacrifice! focuses on soldiers from Western New York who joined black regiments between 1863 and 1865. Beginning with the men who traveled from New York in the spring of 1863 to enlist in the 54th Massachusetts, subjects of the movie Glory, the author documents the history of black regiments raised in the North, as well the soldiers who took part in the epic battle to save the Union and end slavery. [Read more…] about New Book Highlights African American Civil War Service
Erik Schlimmer’s new book Cradle of the Union: A Street by Street History of New York’s Capital City (Beechwood Books, 2019) offers help in decoding the names of the 785 streets within the city limits of Albany.
During his four-year-long research project Schlimmer examined nearly 1,000 print and online sources and interviewed historians, residents, and fellow researchers. The resulting 510-page reference includes 130 images, a bibliography and index, and a foreword by former Albany County Historian and Assemblyman John J. McEneny. [Read more…] about A Street by Street History of Albany Published
A new book edited by Richard Timberlake and Philip Terrie, J.S. Wooley: Adirondack Photographer (Syracuse University Press, 2018) tells the story of Jesse Sumner Wooley, a gifted and prolific Adirondack photographer at the turn of the twentieth century.
In 1880, Jesse Sumner Wooley, an energetic and entrepreneurial thirteen-year-old farm boy from Saratoga County, took a job as an errand boy for a pair of town photographers. The summer job led to a career that would define Wooley’s life. From that early start, he went on to become a prominent businessman and inventive photographer in Upstate New York. [Read more…] about New Book On Adirondack Photographer J.S. Wooley
A new book by Jon Bowers, Legend of Lake George “El Lagarto” and the Men That Made Her Great, is set to be published in the next few weeks, and is now available for pre-order.
Bowers says the book “sets record straight” on the story of the famous wooden Lake George speedboat owned by George Reis. Bower’s grandfather, Anderson “Dick” Bowers, was the mechanic who worked with and for Reis over the lifetime of El Lagarto. [Read more…] about New Book On Lake George Speedboat “El Lagarto”
A new book by Harry Rosenfeld, with foreword by William Kennedy, Battling Editor: The Albany Years (Excelsior Editions, 2019) recounts the transformation of two daily newspapers in the face of economic downturns and sweeping technological change.
In 1978, Harry Rosenfeld left the Washington Post, where he oversaw the paper’s standard-setting coverage of Watergate, to take charge of two daily papers under co-ownership in Albany, New York: the morning Times Union and the evening Knickerbocker News. [Read more…] about Battling Editor: Harry Rosenfeld’s Albany Years
Charity Vogel’s new book The Angola Horror: The 1867 Train Wreck That Shocked the Nation and Transformed American Railroads (Cornell University Press, 2018) tells the gripping, true-to-life story of the wreck and the characters involved in the “Angola Horror.” [Read more…] about New Edition of Book On 1867 Angola Train Wreck
Edgar Mayhew Bacon’s new book Chronicles of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow (HVA Press, 2018) tells of the many myths and legends that surround the Sleepy Hollow area, from the Headless Hessian, known to grab at travelers in the night, to the sightings of the ghostly ship The Flying Dutchman.
This new edition features a foreword by Hudson Valley Master Storyteller, Jonathan Kruk. [Read more…] about New Book: Chronicles of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow