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October, 2019

British Engineer Charles Terrot At Fort Ti, Valcour Island


Charles Terrot was a British officer who served with the British Army in Canada during the Revolutionary War, and left one of the best accounts of the Battle of Valcour Island. Terrot was commissioned in 1774 as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Regiment of Artillery at the age of 16 after studying at the Royal Military Academy in Woolwich. He advanced with the British Army against the Americans in 1776. Fort Ticonderoga holds some of the letters Terrot sent back home, including one written following the battle, in which he includes a map of the pivotal engagement and » >>More


October, 2019

Lake Champlain Basin Cultural Heritage Project Grants


The Lake Champlain Basin Program has announced they are seeking pre-proposals for projects and programs to protect, restore, interpret, and showcase the historical resources and cultural heritage of the Champlain Valley. These projects will highlight the interpretive themes and further the goals, actions and tasks described in the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership (CVNHP) Management Plan. The LCBP is particularly interested in funding projects that address the following priorities: CVNHP Special Program ($10,000-$40,000): Projects will emphasize the following: The CVNHP Corridors of Commerce Interpretive Theme with emphasis on the Temperance Movement, the Prohibition Era, or Smuggling to support multi-jurisdictional, or >>More


October, 2019

Lake Champlain Bridge History Seminar on Saturday


The Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison, Vermont, and Crown Point State Historic Site in Crown Point, are set to team up to offer a day-long multi-disciplinary seminar on the 10th anniversary of the October 16, 2009, closing of the 1929 Lake Champlain Bridge, on Saturday, October 19th The day will explore the findings, consequences, and memories of the historic moment of the bridge closure and aftermath. The day begins at Chimney Point, with an illustrated talk by Vermont State Archeologist Jess Robinson on the archaeological findings on the Vermont side of the bridge project. This is followed by >>More


October, 2019

The Club Camp on Big Moose Lake: A Short History


The Club Camp is often mentioned as the first permanent structure built on Big Moose Lake. The word permanent is rather ironic because this hunting and fishing establishment had a relatively short history of just 28 years. Today the camp’s origins, visitors, and sad end seem largely forgotten. According to Joseph F. Grady’s The Adirondacks: Fulton Chain-Big Moose Region (1933), the Club Camp was constructed in 1878 at the request of several sportsmen from New York City who had been spending summers on the lake in previous years. At the time, Big » Continue Reading. View original post.


October, 2019

Applefest at Penfield Homestead, Ironworks on Sunday


This weekend is the final seasonal celebration for the “birthplace of the electric age.” Located at the old Crown Point Iron Company Works in Ironville, the Penfield Homestead Museum is hosting its annual celebration of everything apple. Though apples may be one of the reasons to go to the Penfield Homestead, also plan to visit the museum dedicated to preserving the history of the North Country’s ironwork industry during the 19th century. The museum highlights Allen Penfield, Timothy Taft, and Allen Harwood and how they put the first industrial use of electricity into their ironworks.  The Homestead and barn demonstrate >>More


October, 2019

Ham Radio Operators at Chimney Point on Sunday


Members of the Addison County Amateur Radio Association will set up at the Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison, Vermont, on Sunday, October 13, from 10 am to 4 pm. Members will practice communication with other operators and take questions from the public. This outdoor program on the grounds is free. Admission to the historic site is $5 for adults and free for children under 15. The museum is open from 10 am to 5 pm. The Chimney Point State Historic Site is at the intersections of VT Routes 125 and 17 in Addison. For more information about the >>More


October, 2019

Second World War and the Adirondacks Stories, Artifacts Sought


Adirondack Experience (ADKX), formerly the Adirondack Museum, is set to host a free open house event and community collecting day on November 11th, from 10 am to 4 pm, in support of the ADKX 2020 seasonal exhibition From Wilderness to Warfront: The Adirondacks and World War II. This exhibition, planned to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, is devoted to the connections between Adirondack people and the global conflict. From regional industry and tourism to first-person accounts, the exhibition will explore diverse stories — those previously untold as » Continue Reading. View original post.


October, 2019

Audio, Visual Preservation Workshop Set For Elizabethtown


The Adirondack History Museum in Elizabethtown has announced a Historians Day Workshop, set for October 16th, from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. Prof. Gerald Zahavi, historian and Director of the Documentary Studies Program at the University at Albany, will present a workshop on strategies for film, video and audio media preservation, restoration, and digital conversion and reformatting. While much attention has been paid to the preservation of paper records and photographs, there has been considerably less focus on strategies needed to preserve audio-visual records (e.g. discs, tapes, films, records, cylinders). The fragility, instability, and limited lifespan of such records requires >>More


October, 2019

Early American History Collections At Fort Ticonderoga


Fort Ticonderoga holds one of North America’s largest collections of military material culture, covering the colonization of North America and the ensuing colonial conflicts, the Seven Years’ War (a.k.a. French & Indian War), the American Revolution, and the War of 1812. The collection includes rare books, manuscripts, weaponry, accoutrements, textiles, uniforms, headgear, paintings, prints, maps, ephemera, personal effects from across the Atlantic World and a complementary archeological collection consisting of tens of thousands of artifacts recovered from the grounds of Fort Ticonderoga in the 20th century. The collection spans roughly 1450 to 1820, and includes objects made » Continue Reading. >>More


October, 2019

Twitchell Lake Settlement and the Carthage to Crown Point Road


Ever wonder how one of the hundreds of lakes and ponds in the Adirondack Mountains got its names? Around Brown’s Tract, there are lakes named from nature such as Loon, Beaver, Trout, Gull, Bear, and Moose.  There are also a dozen or more lakes named for noted guides or people who lived in or frequented the area during the Sporting Era (1860 to 1890), including Mosier, Francis, Hitchcock, Beach, Tuttle, Thayer, Smith, Salmon, and Wood. An Adirondack historian who knew some of the nineteenth century Beaver River and Fulton Chain guides, Joseph » Continue Reading. View original post.