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December, 2018

US Presidents in Clinton County Talk in Plattsburgh


The Clinton County Historical Association has announced a program “Connections with History: U.S. Presidents in Clinton County,” set for Monday, January 14, at 4 pm, at the Lake Forest Senior Living Community, 8 Lake Forest Drive, Plattsburgh. “Connections with History” is an illustrated talk on U.S. Presidents and other important historical figures who have visited Clinton County and their connections with each other. With historic photos from the Clinton County Historical Association and the National Archives, presenter Roger Black will journey from 1897 when President William McKinley and Vice President Garret Hobart vacationed at the Hotel Champlain at Bluff Point >>More


December, 2018

Holiday Humor: Regional Letters to Santa from Long Ago


Plenty of laughs are scattered throughout this year’s collection of letters (unedited) to Santa. Check out the first two for an idea of what to expect. Enjoy! From 1901: Gloversville Daily Leader Broadalbin. Dear Santa Claus: — I wish you would bring me a hand sleigh so I can ride down hill. We live close by a hill where all the girls and boys ride and it is awful aggravating to see all of them riding down hill when I cant ride. I will be very thankful if you will bring me a sleigh and I won’t ask for anything >>More


December, 2018

Saranac Lake’s Trudeau Building Wins Major Grant


Historic Saranac Lake has been awarded a $500,000 Environmental Protection Fund grant from the NY State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation to support the purchase and rehabilitation of the Trudeau Building. Historic Saranac Lake plans to restore the former home and medical office of Dr. E. L. Trudeau and open the building as a museum that explores the story of Saranac Lake and Trudeau’s pioneering work in tuberculosis treatment. You can read more about the project, which is expected to create a museum campus next to the Hotel Saranac, here. With the addition of this grant, funds and >>More


December, 2018

Jefferson County’s Charles Sherman: Huckleberry Charlie (Conclusion)


In summer 1920, as he had done for at least 60 years, Charles Sherman was out on Pine Plains picking huckleberries. His usual tour of North Country fairs was in the works, a highly anticipated journey by Charlie and his admirers alike, but he began feeling poorly and decided not to go. He remained active until early October, but from that point forward was confined to the house as his health deteriorated. It was finally determined that cancer was gradually taking his life. An outline of his unusual history was published in the Ogdensburg Republican-Journal, reviving fond memories of the >>More


December, 2018

Huckleberry Charlie’s Saga Continues


In June 1917, Charlie Sherman showed up as usual in Watertown to apprise his friends at the Daily Times how things were going. After discussing the blueberry crop, he mentioned his new cat, Snowball, who “could roll over three times without stopping.” A surprise once again was his attire, but not in the customary way: instead of a flashy, multicolored wardrobe, “his suit being of a sober, mixed gray, but to the sport type.” The year played out in typical fashion, with Charlie selling berries during the summer and touring the fairs in the fall. As had become customary, he >>More


December, 2018

New Book On Lake George Speedboat “El Lagarto”


A new book by Jon Bowers, Legend of Lake George “El Lagarto” and the Men That Made Her Great, is set to be published in the next few weeks, and is now available for pre-order. Bowers says the book “sets record straight” on the story of the famous wooden Lake George speedboat owned by George Reis. Bower’s grandfather, Anderson “Dick” Bowers, was the mechanic who worked with and for Reis over the lifetime of El Lagarto. Bowers grew up listening to the stories of El Lagarto and its world famous distinction as the winner of the top races in the >>More


December, 2018

New Book On Adirondack Photographer J.S. Wooley


A new book edited by Richard Timberlake and Philip Terrie, J.S. Wooley: Adirondack Photographer (Syracuse University Press, 2018) tells the story of Jesse Sumner Wooley, a gifted and prolific Adirondack photographer at the turn of the twentieth century. In 1880, Jesse Sumner Wooley, an energetic and entrepreneurial thirteen-year-old farm boy from Saratoga County, took a job as an errand boy for a pair of town photographers. The summer job led to a career that would define Wooley’s life. From that early start, he went on to become a prominent businessman and inventive photographer in Upstate New York. This volume tells >>More


December, 2018

K-12 Teachers Offered An Adirondack Experience Through NEH Grant


This July seventy-two teachers from across the country will spend their summer break in a classroom six-million acres wide thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). “Forever Wild,” a week-long immersive experience for K-12 educators, reveals the historical importance of the Adirondack wilderness during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, including how Americans from bustling cities made use of the natural landscape during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The program, one of NEH’s Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops, relies on SUNY Cortland’s William H. Parks Family Center for Environmental and Outdoor >>More


December, 2018

Fort Ticonderoga’s Christmas Riot of 1776


Fort Ticonderoga is set to host a living history event “RIOT! Yankees vs. Buckskins,” on December 15, 2018. Throughout the day, visitors will participate in presentations, weapons demonstrations, historic trades, and living history vignettes. The day is set at the time of disunity between officers unfold during an intense riot that plagued the American army in 1776. A special pop-up exhibit on display December 15 only will present one of the garrison’s original orderly books. “These official documents which buried the details of the altercation and the riot between Pennsylvanians and Massachusetts soldiers has been known only circumstantially through two >>More


December, 2018

Charles ‘Huckleberry Charlie’ Sherman (Part 5)


It had been a busy year, but if anything, Charlie Sherman was more active in 1915, receiving ample media coverage for his many exploits — and more than a few surprises. In January, the Ogdensburg Journal reported on his visit to Watertown’s relief kitchen located on Jackman Street. He dropped in, looked things over, was offered supper, and accepted, afterward offering effusive praise of the food, facility, and staff, and rewarding them with brief and witty speeches on a number of topics. At the end of the month, he showed up at Watertown High School and was guided to the >>More