The term “patent medicines” came to describe all pre-packaged medicines sold “over-the-counter” without a doctor’s prescription. In the United States very few preparations were ever actually patented, but they were wildly popular. [Read more…] about Queens of Quackery: Woman Proprietors of Patent Medicines
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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 week on the Historians Podcast, David Brooks provides an insightful look at the 115th New York Volunteer Regiment in the Civil War. [Read more…] about The New York 115th Volunteers in the Civil War
Originally served for the transportation of heavy machinery and equipment for Lock 11 repairs, the Eagle Trail begins at the east end of Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site at the Yankee Hill Lock and proceeds to the southside of the city of Amsterdam, a distance of about three miles. [Read more…] about The Mohawk River’s Eagle Trail: Fort Hunter to Amsterdam
For centuries, humans had been interacting with the geology and environment of Upstate New York, but when construction of the Erie Canal commenced in 1817, the vastness of the project and the environment that it would cut through became its largest obstacle. [Read more…] about Through the Mire: Erie Canal Environmental History
The Friends of Schoharie Crossing has announced “Palatine Germans in the Mohawk Valley,” a virtual program set for Thursday, March 16th. [Read more…] about Palatines in the Mohawk Valley
Since its construction in 1844 the Seneca Knitting Mill has always been a prominent landmark in the Seneca Falls community in Seneca County, New York. Throughout the history of the Mill, it has been a place of employment, advancement, and change, especially for the many women who worked there. [Read more…] about Women at Seneca Knitting Mill in Seneca Falls
Workers are shoring up the remains of the aqueduct at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site in Fort Hunter, Montgomery County, NY.
With the water in the Erie Canal drawn down for the winter, the project is well into the construction phase. Workers are creating a large concrete wedge at the end of the piers and arches to act as a brace, so the arches won’t shift. Protections are being added around the base to prevent problems as the water rises in the spring. [Read more…] about A Schoharie Crossing Aqueduct Project Update
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site has announced the return of Museum Monday programs this winter, featuring brief discussions on a relevant topic on select Mondays from 11 am to 1 pm. [Read more…] about Annual Winter Lectures from Schoharie Crossing
For much of the 19th and 20th centuries, New York State was a leader in fire engine and apparatus manufacturing. One of the main players in that industry was Lysander Button of Waterford, NY.
Starting around 1831, Button worked his way up the ladder from mechanic turned inventor to owner of the firm that would eventually take his name, the Button Fire Engine Company. [Read more…] about The Button Fire Engine Company of Waterford: Some History