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February, 2018

Pop Bullock: Notable Beaver River Guide


Monroe H. “Pop” Bullock was born in December 1846 high on the Tug Hill Plateau in Lewis County. He was the son of Hiram and Almeda Bullock who owned a farm just to the west of the village of Worth. Hiram was the son of Leonard Bullock, earliest settler of Worth, who moved to the area in 1802. Hiram’s brother, Leonard Bullock, Jr. owned the farm next door. The crossroad between the two Bullock farms was known as Bullock’s Corners. By 1850 the family had moved into the village of Rodman where Hiram and Almeda operated a boardinghouse. This enterprise >>More


January, 2018

Lost in the Boreas Country: Herbert Short, 1930 (Conclusion)


Word of the manhunt for Herbert Short had reached both Auburn and Dannemora prisons, and soon after, searchers were joined by a team of 20 corrections officers from Dannemora. For them the effort was deeply personal: they were, after all, desperately hoping to find their good friend alive and well. But he had gone missing on November 5, and an estimated 100 searchers had found nothing after several days. On November 9, Tremaine Hughes, a pilot among the state troopers’ ranks, took to the air in what was described as the first aerial effort by the police on a missing-person >>More


January, 2018

Lost in Boreas Country: Herbert Short, 1930


In early November 1930, a hunting party in the Boreas River area split up to do what Adirondack hunters so often do: execute a deer drive. Among those taking part were Lew Buck, Leo Adams, Edward White, Murray Short, and Murray’s brother Herbert. Herb was a corrections officer who had recently been promoted and transferred to Auburn Prison from Clinton Prison in Dannemora. It was Dannemora that provided the link between him and the other men: Buck was the village’s former postmaster, White was a retired Clinton keeper, and his close friend Adams still worked there as a guard. Concern >>More


January, 2018

Stoddard As Art Photographer


“Water and Light,” a selection of images from Seneca Ray Stoddard’s Lake George portfolio exhibited at the Chapman Historical Museum last summer, has been reimagined as a new, ground-breaking book on Stoddard’s photography. The 160-page volume, featuring 150 images selected and reproduced by Chapman director Tim Weidner, includes interpretive and biographical essays by Joseph Cutshall-King, the historian who led the Chapman when the Museum acquired its Stoddard collection from Maitland De Sormo in 1977. If you know Stoddard best as a guide-book author, conservationist, map maker, social commentator, explorer or sailor, this volume will introduce you to another side of >>More


January, 2018

SUNY Adirondack Offering Online NYS History Course


SUNY Adirondack has announced they are offering an online course on New York State History for the 2018 Spring semester. The semester begins on January 22nd and ends on May 10th. The course is a 200-level undergraduate course, but students may work at the graduate level after consultation with the instructor. The course was created by and is moderated by Edward Knoblauch. “Much of the course is taught by comparing different texts on the same or similar topics,” according to Knoblauch. “For example, students will view the first half hour of Ric Burn’s video New York, read David Hammack’s review >>More


January, 2018

Sam Coplon: A Santa Claus Worth Remembering (Conclusion)


In June 1932, Sam Coplon recognized a second opportunity to cheer Adirondack children. Adding something new to his repertoire, he visited the offices of the North Creek Enterprise, which had advertised his upcoming appearance to distribute cap guns to any and all boys ages 8 to 12, and gifts for girls as well. The noisy guns, which allowed children to join Fourth of July celebrations, were made by the firm he had long represented as a salesman, Riemann, Seabrey Company (the name by then changed from a hyphen to a comma). There were concerns that widespread economic struggles would deeply >>More


January, 2018

Save America’s Treasures Program Seeks Grant Applicants


The National Park Service, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, is accepting applications for $5 million in matching grants to support the preservation of nationally significant historic properties and collections through the Save America’s Treasures program. Applicants must raise project funds from other sources to match the grant money, which is awarded after a competitive review of project proposals. Eligible projects include the conservation of collections and physical preservation work to historic buildings. All projects must be nationally significant (i.e., listed as National >>More


January, 2018

The Last, Lost Colvin Survey Report of 1898


Along the banks of the Hudson at North River, and further south on highway pull-offs from Route 28, are some of the Adirondack Park’s best interpretive stops. Sturdy, visually appealing and informative exhibits coupled with well-designed DOT parking along the Hudson River have attracted visitors and residents for years to turn off the engine, breathe deeply, eat lunch, listen to the river and learn from the exhibits. At the northernmost pull-off where the Hudson takes the great bend at North River, I recently discovered a new exhibit to precisely match the older ones. Placed there in 2016, it’s sponsored by >>More


January, 2018

Fort Ticonderoga Living History Event Jan 13th


Fort Ticonderoga has planned its next living history event “Preparing for the Coming Campaign,” for Saturday, January 13, 2018. A full day of programs include guided tours, weapons demonstrations, and even a tasting of colonial chocolate along with a program on the importance that this food item played in the lives of American soldiers and camp followers at Ticonderoga. The event hopes to bring to life the story of American soldiers at Ticonderoga in the year 1777 as they prepare for a British attack. Aware that their resources are limited and manpower is scarce, attendees will have » Continue Reading. >>More


January, 2018

Santa Claus Sam’s Adirondack Gift Giving


In 1930, Sam Coplon, the Santa Claus of the Adirondacks, was doing well financially but was by no means wealthy. The house he owned in Brooklyn was worth the equivalent of $230k in 2017, and served as home to his wife Rebecca, son Bertram (13), and daughter Judith (8), along with Rebecca’s mother and sister. As he did each year, Samuel gathered a huge collection of Christmas gifts that winter and personally bore the cost of shipping them to North Creek. In previous seasons, this constituted upwards of 30 large crates or containers, a number that would soon increase. His >>More