We often think about the Civil War in terms of two large armies facing off on the battlefield, but less seldom do we consider the clandestine efforts on behalf of the Confederate States of America to bring the war to United States territory and influence Great Britain and other European nations to join the attack on the United States. [Read more…] about Confederate Spies at the Canadian Border
On November 18, 1928, Universal’s Colony Theatre at 1681 Broadway (near 53rd Street in Manhattan) showed a short animated film in which a mischievous rogue named Mickey Mouse takes Captain Pete’s steamboat on a joyride to impress Minnie – Steamboat Willie made cinema history and transformed Walt Disney’s fortunes. [Read more…] about Mickey Mouse: A Tale of Migration
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
This natural harbor, located in Haudenosaunee territory, became a hub of activity for shipbuilding drawing thousands of personnel and a place to amass war materiel. So, in Northern New York, Sackets Harbor became the site of both offensive and defensive actions during the war years. [Read more…] about Sackets Harbor’s Horse Island: A Shared Heritage
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
This round-up of Adirondack conservation news is a collection of the most current events taking place in New York’s Adirondack Park, a unique national treasure and legacy we inherited over 100 years ago that we must protect for future generations. [Read more…] about Adirondack Conservation News: 5 Things You Need to Know
The Niagara Parks Commission (Niagara Parks), an agency of the Government of Ontario which maintains the Ontario, Canada shoreline of the Niagara River, has launched a call for proposals for a new visitor transportation system linking Niagara Parks sites a with a focus on Queen Victoria Park. [Read more…] about Ontario’s Niagara Parks Plans for New Visitor Transportation System
There was a story that had been passed down in the Minthorn family for generations. It told of how an ancestor had hidden her two infants under the roots of a tree to save them during the Revolutionary War attack on Cherry Valley, NY, in 1778. It was said that in her zeal to quiet her children, the youngsters were rendered unconscious, being revived only after the attackers had departed.
While this story is most likely fiction, there is some truth mixed in. [Read more…] about The Mystery of Joseph Brant’s Watch
The Clinton County Historical Association will host the lecture “Isaac Johnson: Slave, Soldier, Quarryman, Master Mason, Contractor” by Cornel “Corky” Reinhart, on Tuesday, July 13th, in Plattsburgh. [Read more…] about Isaac Johnson: A Soldier, Quarryman, Master Mason