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September, 2018

An 18-Year-Old Essex County Missing Person Case

State Police continue to investigate an 18-year-old missing person case from Essex County. On September 21, 1999, the Clifton Police Department in New Jersey received a report of a missing person. Family members reported that Hakan Karacay, a 28-year-old immigrant from Turkey, left his residence on September 20, 1999, at approximately 5 pm, operating a silver 1989 Mazda 626. Karacay was described to be suffering from depression and was dependent on medication which he failed to take with him. On September 25, 1999, the New York State Police received a report of a suspicious vehicle located by a citizen on >>More

August, 2018

A Lake George Mystery (Conclusion)

No one knew for certain what had happened to Alma Gatti and Jerry Walker after their disappearance on Lake George in summer 1949. To a certain extent, dragging for the bodies was a crapshoot because no one knew for sure where the presumed accident had occurred. There were no reported sightings of them that day, and no way to determine how far their canoe had drifted before reaching the shore. Within a few days, first one paddle and then another, both stamped as belonging to Lamb’s Boathouse, were found in the vicinity of Watch Point, indicating that searchers were dragging >>More

August, 2018

Cold Water Shock: A Mysterious Lake George Tragedy

The combined stories of Alma Gatti and Jerry Walker reveal two offspring any parent would be proud to claim as their own. Their young lives were filled with activities and accomplishments, suggesting a promising future ahead. Jerry (Cuthbert Orton Walker Jr.), an Arkansas native, spent most of his childhood in Little Rock. He attended the University of Washington in Seattle in the early 1940s, and roomed with three friends while working as a furniture-store clerk. Life was interrupted by World War II, and beginning as an army private barely a month after the attack on Pearl Harbor, he spent 30 >>More

August, 2018

Women’s Equality Day Commemoration In Plattsburgh

A Women’s Equality Day Commemoration has been set for Sunday, August 26, from noon to 4 pm at the Clinton County Historical Association, located at 98 Ohio Avenue, in Plattsburgh. August 26 was set-aside in 1971 as an annual event to celebrate the August 26, 1920, adoption of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. The Commemoration’s goal is to raise awareness about the importance of gender equality and to commemorate the work and sacrifices made by women during the suffrage movement. The Clinton County Suffrage Story is currently on exhibit at the Clinton County Historical Association Museum and part of >>More

August, 2018

Blue Mountain Lake Flotilla Festival Sunday

The 2nd Blue Mountain Lake flotilla has been set for August 26, 2018. 136 years ago on Blue Mountain Lake, a steamboat glided through towing some 75 rowboats and their passengers. An orchestra played, a cannon roared salute, Gospel singers raised their voices, and shining Chinese lanterns hung from the boats, and floated on the waves. Last summer, the Blue Mountain Lake Flotilla sailed again. It marked the first time the event took place since the original was held, on the same waters in August of 1882. And now the boats are returning again, highlighting a day of music, food » >>More

August, 2018

Newcomb’s TR Weekend Set For Sept 14-15th

The Town of Newcomb is set to celebrate Theodore Roosevelt’s journey out of the Adirondack High Peaks from Newcomb to the White House following President William McKinley’s assassination to become the 26th president. TR Weekend will be celbrated this year on September 14-15, 2018. This year’s event coincides with the 125th anniversary of the completion of Camp Santanoni, the camp was built in 1892 for Robert C. Pruyn, a banker and industrialist from Albany. When Camp Santanoni was being constructed on the shores of Newcomb Lake, the property included 13,000 acres. The compound eventually included a gate house, a farm >>More

August, 2018

Washington County Battles and Brews Tour

The Washington County Historical Society is set to conduct a Battles and Brews Tour through Northern and Central Washington County, on September 8th, from 9 am to 5 pm. The trip’s focus is the contribution Washington County’s people made to the Civil War effort. Traveling north from Greenwich, the tour bus will visit Salem, Granville, and Whitehall. After lunch in Whitehall, the tour will continue on to the Hartford Recruiting Center where a first person performance of Rice Bull, a Union Army Soldier in the Civil War and author of the book, Soldiering: The Civil War Diary, will take place. The >>More

August, 2018

Adirondack Historic Roadside Marker Grants Available

The William G. Pomeroy Foundation has announced they are now accepting 2018 applications for fully funded Historic Roadside Markers to commemorate the history of the Adirondacks, including locations in Essex, Warren, Hamilton, Saratoga, Washington, Clinton and Franklin Counties. Municipalities and charitable 501(c)(3) organizations in New York State are welcome to apply for the Historic Roadside Marker Grants. Local historical organizations or municipal historians will often apply for the grant on behalf of property owners. Letters of Intent for are due by September 14; the final application deadline is October 1, 2018. A complete grant schedule by region is available on >>More

August, 2018

Champlain Valley Cultural Heritage Grants Available

The Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership (Champlain Heritage) is seeking proposals for projects to protect, restore, interpret, and showcase the historical resources and cultural heritage of the Champlain Valley. Champlain Heritage anticipates awarding over $100,000 across four grant categories: · Conservation & Community Grants of up to $7,500 to showcase and interpret the Conservation & Community theme of the Champlain Heritage Management Plan. · Local Heritage Grants of up to $4,000 to involve youth and students in the research and discovery of the cultural or natural heritage associated with their community, the creation of new artistic expressions, or interpretation of >>More

August, 2018

AARCH Homesteading Tour Embraces Modern Builders

For the first time, Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) is hosting a modern homesteading tour, according to Deputy Director Virgina Siskavich. “We want to continue to embrace modern builders,” says Siskavich. “We feel that at some point these modern buildings will be a part of history and we want to remember them. We also want to continue to offer tours that have not been offered before.” Additional AARCH tours are scheduled from May to October at a range of historic and modern locations. Since AARCH is a member supported organization, organized tours are open to the public, but selected for the >>More