This week on The Historians podcast, Rod Correll discusses his memoir Learning to Be a Leatherman: A Rite of Passage (Troy Book Makers, 2022). Correll lived in the leather business for 50 years, from childhood up to when he left the business in the 1980s. [Read more…] about Learning To Be A Leatherman: A Leather Business Memoir (Podcast)
On October 10, 1984, the body of Robert Darling Jr. was found in a wooded area off the Benson Road in the town of Benson, Hamilton County, New York. His body was discovered by hunters who had been scouting a heavily wooded area approximately 1,000 feet off the north side of the roadway. [Read more…] about 1984 Hamilton Co Homicide Remains Unsolved
This week on The Historians podcast, stories from the book Before They Were Our Mothers: Voices of Women Before Rosie Started Riveting including an account of sexual harassment in Gloversville in 1941 and the legacy of the Loomis Gang in Oneida County. [Read more…] about Women Before Rosie the Riveter (Historians Podcast)
This week on The Historians Podcast, the guest is Marcia Gillis, president of the board of the Fulton County Historical Society which operates the Fulton County Museum on Kingsboro Avenue in Gloversville.
A middle school history teacher, Gillis describes the collections of the museum and talks about this summer’s museum programs.
This week on The Historians Podcast, Peter Betz has the story of the Gloversville soda battle of 1933 in which the city tried to get fraternal groups to obtain licenses to sell soft drinks. Betz also chronicles the 1949 visit of the Freedom Train to the region. Peter writes a biweekly history column for the Leader Herald newspaper in Gloversville.
Sports enthusiast Mike Hauser has a personal stake in advocating National Baseball Hall of Fame status for George Joseph Burns, who played his best years with the New York Giants. Burns was the brother of Hauser’s great-grandfather on his mother’s side.
Burns is being inducted into the Fulton County Baseball and Sports Hall of Fame on July 11th during the annual vintage baseball game. [Read more…] about Old Time Utica Ballplayer George Burns
In celebration of the Glove Theatre’s 100th Anniversary the Glove Performing Arts Center will present a re-enactment of the World Premiere of the film “Drums along the Mohawk” from 1939 on November 1, 2014 at the theater in Gloversville, NY.
“Drums along the Mohawk” was a Technicolor picture, produced by Darryl F. Zanuck. Directed by John Ford, screen-play by Lamar Trotti and Sonya Levien and based upon the novel by Walter D. Edmonds, the film starred Claudette Colbert and Henry Fonda depicting the Mohawk Valley at the time of the Revolutionary War with a gripping love story between the two leading characters. [Read more…] about Drums along the Mohawk 1939 Premiere Returns
This week on “The Historians”, Jerry Snyder of Historic Amsterdam (N.Y.) League on their Ghosts of the Past Tour; Barry Wygel of Time Warner Cable News on the 100th anniversary of the Glove Theatre in Gloversville; my story of two Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, one black and one white, who fought in the Civil War
In the second half of the show I talk with Angela Cave, author of the book Keeping Time, the remarkable story of 98-year old drummer Fred Randall from Schenectady.
Listen to the whole program at “The Historians” online archive at http://www.bobcudmore.com/thehistorians/
Many people probably remember that at the end of the 19th century the city of Gloversville, in Fulton County, was recognized as the glove-making capital of the world. However, one of Gloversville’s famous sons, William Henry Burr, has been all but forgotten.
Referred to as “the great literary detective” by one of the 19th century’s foremost orators and political speechmakers, Robert G. Ingersoll, Burr was born in Gloversville on April 15, 1819. His father, James Burr, was one of the founders of the glove industry in the community, once known as Stump City. [Read more…] about William Henry Burr: Gloversville’s ‘Great Literary Detective’