The bedrock of New York and its erosion created the landscape the Iroquois people made their home. It influenced their territorial boundaries, defenses, settlement patterns, trail systems, agriculture, and key natural resources. [Read more…] about Geology and the Iroquois Homeland
Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse are considered two of the greatest inventor-entrepreneurs. They were also great self- promoters, a skill that has somewhat obscured the nature of their roles and rivalry. [Read more…] about Edison, Westinghouse, & Schenectady
This week on The Historians Podcast, Bob Cudmore reads three stories from an audio tour compiled by Montgomery County historian Kelly Yacobucci Farquhar: the Palatine Church, Charleston’s forests and the St. Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine. Also the story of Amsterdam drama coach Bert DeRose and from the archives, historian David Pietrusza on the last years of Teddy Roosevelt. [Read more…] about Mohawk Valley History Stories Podcast
The Schenectady County Historical Society is set to open a new exhibition, Handcrafted: The Folk and Their Art, on February 1st.
Handcrafted: The Folk and Their Art explores folk art’s reflection of human needs, values, concerns, and desires. Handcrafted is co-curated by Susanna Fout and Schenectady County Community College folk art professor Marilyn Sassi and will feature over fifty carefully selected pieces, most of which have never been displayed publicly. [Read more…] about Handcrafted: The Folk and Their Art in Schenectady
The Visitor Center at Schoharie Crossing is set to host their second Museum Monday program of the year, looking at Abolition and Slavery in Montgomery County with Montgomery County Historian Kelly Farquhar, on Monday, February 3rd.
Farquhar will speak on the freedom seekers in the Mohawk Valley and how the Erie Canal was used to spread ideas, shape ideology, and as a way to escape bondage. [Read more…] about Freedom Seekers in Montgomery Co Talk Feb 3rd
The 2020 New York State Canal Conference will be held October 4-6, 2020 at the Rivers Casino Event Center in Schenectady.
This year’s conference will explore the trends and opportunities in the regional and international waterway systems. [Read more…] about 2020 NYS Canal Conference Being Held In Schenectady
The Fort Plain Museum is set to hold its annual Christmas at the Fort holiday event on Saturday, December 7th, from 10 am to 4 pm.
Back this year is the local author book fair featuring local authors from the Mohawk Valley and Capital Region. Authors will sign and discuss their books on Mohawk Valley history, the American Revolution, the Civil War, Science Fiction/Horror, Politics, and more nonfiction/fiction works. [Read more…] about Fort Plain Museum’s Christmas at the Fort
The ranks of the 10th Mountain Division during World War Two were filled by men who in civilian life were already proficient in skiing and mountaineering.
They were shipped to the Italian front and their actions in the Apennine Mountains and the Alps led to the German surrender in Italy on May 2, 1945. The division was disbanded in late 1945, but reestablished in the 1980s, and is based today at Fort Drum, in Watertown, New York. [Read more…] about 10th Mtn Division in World War II Talk in Utica
The Oneida County History Center is set to return to the Sangertown Square Mall in Utica for its 10th year this coming holiday season to operate its satellite bookstore. The store will be located in Center Court by Mr. Smoothie & Zales, and provides extended hours to meet your busy holiday schedule. It also offers a great selection of local history titles and merchandise. [Read more…] about History Center Bookstore Returning to Utica Mall
This week’s guest on The Historians Podcast is Bill Buell who discusses his new book on Schenectady’s socialist mayor, George Lunn: The 1912 Socialist Victory in Schenectady. Buell is Schenectady County historian and worked many years as a reporter and feature writer for the Daily Gazette.
You can listen to the podcast here. [Read more…] about Schenectady’s Socialist Mayor (Historians Podcast)