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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


August, 2018

Space Force History and the Plattsburgh Air Base


Whether you see a stable genius or a bumbling buffoon in the White House (there seems to be no middle ground), no one should credit him as a visionary for the idea of adding the Space Force as our nation’s fourth military branch. Security and defense officials discussed the idea openly in the 1950s, 60s, 70s, and 80s. In fact, if a special committee and a certain famous senator had their way, the Space Force might well have had a base right here in the North Country. After a February 1958 interview with author and scientist Willey Ley, the Canton >>More


August, 2018

20 Years After Canoe-In for Wilderness at Little Tupper Lake


Wednesday marks the 20th anniversary of the Canoe-In for Wilderness on Little Tupper Lake. On August 15, 1998, over 300 people in over 200 canoes, kayaks, guide-boats, rowboats, and one small sailboat, rallied on the sloping lawns of the Whitney Headquarters on the shore of Little Tupper Lake and then paddled out onto the lake in a massive flotilla in the Canoe-In for Wilderness at Little Tupper Lake. This event was the biggest environmental rally in a very challenging and divisive time in Adirondack Park history. Those who gathered that day were unabashed in their support for a Wilderness classification >>More


August, 2018

Ti History Presenting ‘The Other Milhollands’


The Ticonderoga Historical Society is set to present a free program entitled “The Other Milhollands” on Friday, August 17 at 7 pm at the Hancock House, 6 Moses Circle, Ticonderoga. This program will focus on the lives of Inez’ father John and sister Vida. John E. Milholland, born in 1860, was a journalist, politician, inventor and publisher, who helped found the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He was an owner of the Ticonderoga Sentinel newspaper and a key progressive figure of the early 1900s. Vida Milholland was born in 1888 and, while not as well known >>More


August, 2018

Rev War Ethnic Diversity Talk at Mt Independence


On Sunday, August 12, 2018, at 2 pm, the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell, Vermont, is set to host a talk on “Ethnic and Cultural Diversity at Mount Independence” by historian and site interpreter Paul Andriscin. This talk looks at how a rag-tag force from six states and Vermont managed to maintain the Northern American Army here during the American Revolution. They faced lack of supplies, disease, starvation, bad weather conditions, and having to overcome prejudices against their fellow soldiers. The event is included in the regular admission fee of $5 for adults and free for children under >>More