In 1904, the New York State legislature passed a bill to create the New York State College at Cornell. The bill created a land-grant college with an agriculture focus within Cornell and guaranteed fields of study related to agriculture would receive significant public funding. [Read more…] about Finger Lakes Technology: From Agriculture to Auto Racing
This summer, the Vermont Historical Society installed “A Stitch in Time,” an ongoing exhibit examining the garments in their collections and comparing them to modern-day versions.
Waterbury, Vermont sportscaster and motorsports enthusiast Kenley “Ken” Squier died November 15, 2023, he was 88. A former owner of Waterbury’s WDEV and founder of Barre’s Thunder Road International Speedbowl, he was also a well-regarded person in the world of NASCAR, where he spent decades as a commentator. [Read more…] about Ken Squier, Auto Racing Community Figure, Remembered By Historians
The origins of skiing in the Adirondacks trace back to as early as 1903, with skiing gaining popularity through the 1920s and early 1930s. The 1932 Winter Olympics held in nearby Lake Placid ignited a fervor for winter sports throughout the region, prompting Vincent Schaefer of Schenectady (the brother of Adirondack conservationist Paul Schaefer) to organize efforts to bring Snow Trains to North Creek in Warren County. [Read more…] about North Creek Snow Train 90th Anniversary Celebration Planned
The 156th Belmont Stakes, the third leg of the U.S. Triple Crown, will be run at Saratoga Race Course this spring, according to an announcement by racing officials and New York State Governor Kathy Hochul. [Read more…] about 2024 Belmont Stakes Will Run At Saratoga This June
The first annual exhibition of the Society of Independent Artists opened at Manhattan’s Grand Central Palace on the evening of April 10, 1917. Thousands of guests gathered to celebrate what was to be the largest art show ever held in New York. The momentous occasion took place in an atmosphere of growing political tension as it coincided with America’s entry into the First World War.
In spite of these circumstances, there was a single figure who attracted widespread attention. Known by his adopted name of Arthur Cravan, he had been invited to deliver a lecture on “The Independent Artists in France and America.” His outrageous behavior shocked New York’s artistic elite. [Read more…] about Poet-Boxer Arthur Cravan: The Man Who Shocked Greenwich Village
The Bronx United Drumline set the party atmosphere for a celebration of 50 years of Roberto Clemente State Park in the Bronx.
Roberto Clemente State Park is a 25-acre waterfront park located along the Harlem River. The park offers a variety of recreational and cultural activities year-round for youth, adults, senior citizens and the physically challenged. [Read more…] about Roberto Clemente State Park Celebrates Golden Anniversary
In the [New York] Press Club lot in Cypress Hills Cemetery [located at 833 Jamaica Avenue in Brooklyn], Saturday [February February 21, 1891], the clods rattled on the coffin of one who, when alive, was the best informed man about old New York of any who dwelt within its limits. [Read more…] about Colonel Thomas Picton: Fillibuster, Historian, Editor, Sports Writer & Man About Town
Joe Jacobs was born in 1896 to Hungarian Jewish immigrants. He grew up in the neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen, Midtown Manhattan, then a bastion of poor Irish Americans, where his father ran a tailor shop.
For many young males living in that tough setting, boxing was both a badge of identity and a means of survival. Every immigrant neighborhood had its own champions and heroes. Boxing was a flag of ethnic pride, attracting a large and loyal local following. [Read more…] about The Odd Couple: Yussel the Muscle & Maximilian Schmeling