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September, 2019

All About Teddy at Newcomb’s TR Weekend


After or before you’re witnessing the heroic efforts of all the participants of the annual Adirondack Canoe Classic “90-Miler,” take time to visit Newcomb. The Adirondack Park plays an important part in the history of the United States, from the Great Camp culture to its land preservation. Newcomb is the area that began Teddy Roosevelt’s historic ride from Mount Marcy to the Tahawus Club to the North Creek Depot. You can’t host Teddy Roosevelt Weekend without a visit with TR.  Roosevelt impersonator Joe Wiegand will once again be on hand to meet visitors and talk about the » Continue Reading. >>More


September, 2019

American Canadian Genealogical Conference Slated


The Northern New York American Canadian Genealogical Society’s (NNYACGS) Annual Fall Conference is set for September 27th, 28th, 29th, at the Dannemora Civic Center, 40 Emmons Street, in Dannemora, NY. Free genealogical research help will be available on Friday and Sunday between 11 am and 4 pm. The Society has thousands of books relating to family histories in Northern New York and can help with research on ancestors here and elsewhere. Saturday will feature two speakers, one at 10 am and another at 1 pm. The morning speaker, Nancy Smith, will peak on the topic Missing Relatives? Strategies to Overcome >>More


September, 2019

Forever Wild And The Word “Timber”


Protect the Adirondacks recently won a major victory in its lawsuit to enforce Article 14, Section 1 of the state Constitution, the well-known forever wild clause. The case challenged the excessive tree cutting undertaken by state agencies to build a vast network of Class II Community Connector snowmobile trails in the Adirondack Forest Preserve. The case began in 2013 and this result has been six years in the making. Previously, the Appellate Division, Third Department, of the state Supreme Court had issued a preliminary injunction against this tree cutting in 2016 after the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Adirondack >>More


September, 2019

Fort Montgomery: Truths Stranger Than Myths


The Clinton County Historical Association has announced the program Fort Montgomery: The Truth is Stranger than the Myths, with local author and historian James Millard, set for Thursday, September 19, 6:30 pm, at the Plattsburgh Memorial Chapel, Old Base Museum Campus in Plattsburgh. The story of the ruins just north of the bridge at Rouses Point is strange. Local historian James P. Millard will discuss the history of Fort Montgomery and those surrounding the infamous Fort “Blunder” story. Millard is the publisher of the award-winning America’s Historic Lakes website and author of » Continue Reading. View original post.


September, 2019

Washington Co History Fair Mixes Serious History, Fun


The Washington County Historical Society’s 2019 History Fair, “It Happened in Washington County (History In Your Own Backyard!)” is set for Saturday, September 28th, from 10 am to 4 pm. The day will feature exhibits by Town and Village Historians, Historical Societies, and re-enactors and programs for all ages. Scheduled events include: 10:15 am: Cannon demonstration with “Bella,” Mike and Mary Skelly’s cannon, on the soccer field. 11 am: “Historic Mills on the Batten Kill” Sally Brillon will speak in Room 302. The Batten Kill is 44 miles long from Dorset, VT to the Hudson River. 24 of those miles >>More


August, 2019

Kids Farm Festival at Babbie Farm Museum


The 9th annual Kids Fair and Festival at Babbie Rural and Farm Learning Museum in Peru, NY, is a fun educational way to keep families interested in the importance of rural farming traditions. The Babbie Rural and Farm Learning Museum has set up a weekend with everything from old-fashioned games to hands-on learning displays to provide an entertaining way to explore farming traditions. The September 14-15 festival will include plenty of activities, including traditional games such as sack races, egg races, corn box, hopscotch, a beanbag toss, apple bobbing, horseshoes, and pumpkin tic-tac-toe. Also included are stagecoach and Thomas the >>More


August, 2019

Blue Mountain Lake Landmark Reopening To Guests


A notable Blue Mountain Lake historic landmark, The Steamboat Landing, is being reopened as guest accommodations.  The complex was established in 1879 to serve William West Durant’s Blue Mountain and Raquette Lake Steamboat Line. According to Richard Longstreth’s architectural guide to the Adirondacks, portions of the complex were constructed as the baggage house. The large main building was built to house the construction of the steamboat line’s largest craft, the twin-stacked, seventy-five-foot-long Tuscarora. Following the launch in 1900, the building was used to house the vessel during the off-season. The steamboat line ceased operating in 1930 and Herbert A. » >>More


August, 2019

The Roots Of The Conflict Over Snowmobile Connectors


  In order to cut a lot more trees on the Forest Preserve for new snowmobile corridors, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Department of Environmental Conservation and the Attorney General’s Office have announced that they will appeal July’s court ruling against the State and in favor of Protect the Adirondacks. That ruling by a 4-1 court majority declared that the extent of tree cutting for snowmobile trail construction, when considered cumulatively, violated our state’s constitutional limit on destruction of timber on the Forest Preserve “to a material degree” (Article XIV, Section 1, NYS Constitution, and court interpretations). However, this court (Appellate Division, >>More


August, 2019

Dry Women-Wet Men: Gender, Temperance, and Prohibition


State University at Albany History Professor Gerald Zahavi is set to give a lecture on the dynamics of gender and the importance of women in the temperance movement, on Thursday, August 29th, at the Adirondack History Museum. The lecture “Dry Women-Wet Men: Gender, Temperance, and the Fight for Prohibition” will look at the early years of the struggle for a “dry” America and the National Prohibition of alcohol following the the passage 18th Amendment on January 16, 1919. He will also examine the evolution of male and female drinking habits before and after Prohibition and how women increasingly became comfortable >>More


August, 2019

Local History Project Plans 100th Story Celebration


The Keene Valley Library is set to host a 100 Story Celebration for the multi-year local history project, Adirondack Community: Capturing, Retaining, and Communicating the Stories of Who We Are, on Saturday, September 14th, from 2 to 4 pm. Light refreshments will be served. The multi-year local history project collects and organizes audio stories and related photographs from Town of Keene community members through an online platform to share the unique social and cultural history of Keene. Volunteer storytellers have now recorded more than 100 first-person accounts and submitted related images about life in the Town of Keene. Keene residents >>More