The Battle of Johnstown and the death of Walter Butler are considered two of the more important events in the final phase of the Revolutionary War in the Mohawk Valley. More than any other events in his life, these events are seen as raising Col. Marinus Willett from to the status of “Hero of the Mohawk Valley.”
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site is set to conduct its fifth annual Tuesday Talk series to recognize New York State History Month this November. Each week a speaker presents on regional or New York State history.
Historian Scott Haefner will discuss Transportation in the Mohawk Valley on November 12th. This presentation will explore the significance of the river valley in developing transportation to the West and covers the Bateaux era in the 18th century through Turnpikes, Canals and Railroads. Haefner is a Registered Public Historian and is the site manager of Old Fort Johnson, operated by the Montgomery County Historical Society. [Read more…] about Mohawk Valley Transportation History at Schoharie Crossing
The Mohawk Valley Museums Consortium’s (MVMC) next meeting is set for Tuesday, November 12th at 1 pm in the Enders House at Schoharie Crossing.
On the agenda is a presentation titled, “Thinking Outside the Box: Creating Meaningful Partnerships and Drawing New Audiences,” by Samantha Hall-Saladino, the Executive Director of the Fulton County Historical Society and the Fulton County Historian. [Read more…] about Mohawk Valley Museums Meeting Nov 12th
Antique beams and wide plank floors still characterize the 1730s Brouwer House in Schenectady’s old Stockade neighborhood. Now a series of studios for artists and performers have been installed in one of the city’s oldest homes, which was gifted to the Schenectady County Historical Society in 2017.
Many historical societies face the question of what to do with a historic house they’ve been generously gifted. While there are exceptions, many (most?) house museums scrape by, defer maintenance, and lack the resources or support to maintain collections and provide public interpretation.
The Iroquois or Haudenosaunee are a historically powerful northeast Native American confederacy in North America. Storytelling is an important component of Haudenosaunee culture. Oral traditions and legends have been passed from generation to generation, teaching communities how to live, act, and care for one another, as well as how to manage during the unpredictable seasons. [Read more…] about Haudenosaunee Folklore & Indigenous Tales in Utica
Schenectady County Historian Bill Buell’s new book George Lunn: The 1912 Socialist Victory in Schenectady (The Troy Book Makers, 2019) looks back at Schenectady native George Lunn, and his life in politics.
An Iowa native, George Lunn came to Schenectady in 1904 to become senior pastor at the First Reformed Church in the city’s Stockade Neighborhood. He entered politics in 1911 and was elected mayor of Schenectady as a member of the Socialist Party of America. [Read more…] about George Lunn: The 1912 Socialist Victory in Schenectady
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site will conduct its fifth annual Tuesday Talk series to recognize New York State History Month this November.
Each week a speaker will present on regional or New York State history. All presentations are free and open to the public, and will begin at 6:30 pm in the Enders House adjacent to the Schoharie Crossing Visitor Center, 129 Schoharie Street, Fort Hunter. Refreshments will be provided and donations are appreciated. [Read more…] about NYS History Month Series At Schoharie Crossing
The Preservation League of NYS has received a $33,000 grant from the 1772 Foundation. This grant is expected to allow the League, in partnership with Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, to identify and study vacant and underutilized historic buildings along a portion of the NYS Canal System and Empire State Trail that could be sensitively repurposed to provide services for recreational travelers along that corridor.
The survey area will focus on a 90-mile radius around the League’s Albany headquarters, from Utica to Whitehall, all within the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. [Read more…] about Empire Trail Historic Assessment Being Conducted, Utica to Whitehall
Three new exhibitons, focusing on different aspects of rural life in the Mohawk Valley, one in a new gallery, are set to open at the Mabee Farm in Rotterdam Junction.
The exhibitions’ opening reception is set for Saturday, October 12th, from 2 to 4 pm, and will feature gallery talks with the exhibits’ curators and contributing artists,. The event is free to the general public. [Read more…] about Major Exhibitions Opening at Mabee Farm
Utica is home to a park system that is unusually large and historic. Phil Bean is set to explain the local origins of these parks, the philosophy of the famous Olmsted family that designed them, and their place in American as well as local history, on Saturday, October 5th at the Oneida County History Center. [Read more…] about Utica’s Olmsted Park and Parkway System Presentation