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September, 2019

Heritage, Harvest, & Horse Festival at Fort Ti

Fort Ticonderoga is set to host a Heritage, Harvest & Horse Festival on October 5th. The full day of autumn fun will be set in the midst of the King’s Garden heirloom apple trees and a landscape of mountains and Lake Champlain. Guests are invited to discover the historical importance of horses and other working animals during demonstrations; meet friendly farm animals; stroll through Fort Ticonderoga’s farmers’ market featuring local food, beverages, and crafts; participate in family fun activities; and tackle the six-acre Heroic Corn Maze. Horse-drawn wagon rides will be available, and there will be homemade foods » Continue >>More

September, 2019

Traveling Erie Canal Talk Miner Museum

In the pre-dawn hours of August 2nd, 1826, Alexander Stewart Scott stepped aboard the steamboat Chambly in Quebec City, Canada. He was beginning a journey that not only took him across New York State but also ultimately changed his view of America and her people. A keen observer, the 21-year-old Scott meticulously recorded his travel experiences, observations about the people he encountered, impressions of things he saw, and reactions to events he witnessed. Historian Paul G. Schneider, Jr. is set to speak about Scott’s journey across New York State, at the Alice T. Miner Museum on Thursday, October 10 at >>More

September, 2019

How Gore Mountain Got The Name On It’s New Logo

When the earliest Adirondack maps were drawn, Gore Mountain’s true summit could not be clearly identified. As colonial surveyor Verplanck Colvin put it “the highest point always seemed to disappear in the intricate group of peaks of which the mountain was composed.” As the area around the mountain was increasingly surveyed, a “gore” developed between two large tracts of land, Hyde’s Patent, and the southeast line of  the Totten & Crossfield Purchase.  It was in or near this gore –  a surveyor’s term indicating an unmapped triangular » Continue Reading. View original post.

September, 2019

Northern Heritage Economy Grants Available

$1,000,000 in grants from the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) is being made available through a new four-state program dubbed the “Northern Heritage Economy Grant Program.” The grants are offered to nonprofit organizations and municipalities undertaking locally driven historic preservation projects with strong community and economic revitalization potential. The grant is expected to be split evenly among the four states. The Northern Heritage Economy Grant Program hopes to to focus its funding on the revitalization of vacant and underused historic buildings in rural communities with the goals of stimulating economic development and tourism, building community cohesion, and creating jobs in >>More

September, 2019

Adirondacker Paper Makers Innovated Industry

Innovative Adirondackers are responsible for countless innovations in the paper industry, according to paper historian Dr. Stephen Cernek. Cernek is working to convert the former International Paper building in Corinth into a museum with local, regional and international support. He will be be in Luzerene to discuss Adirondack paper making pioneers and their influence on the international history of paper making. Cernek is leading the creation of a Hudson River Mill Museum, commemorating the Adirondacks role in paper making and its influence on the world. His talk, “The Paper Industry’s Celebrated History in the Adirondacks,” will take place on Thursday, >>More

September, 2019

Whallonsburg Grange Lecture Series Announced

The fall Lyceum lecture series at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall is set to kick off on Tuesday, September 24th. The theme of this season is “Hidden in Plain Sight,” and the five lectures will examine well-known things from unusual angles and look at objects and ideas that have been hidden from plain view. The Lyceum takes place on Tuesdays at 7:30pm at the Grange. The full schedule includes: September 24, The Hidden History of World War II, 1931-1953, with UVM History professor and author Andy Buchanan discussing the continued impact of the war on global conflicts today. October 1, Behind >>More

September, 2019

Rural Skills and Homesteading Festival at Paul Smiths

The Paul Smiths College and Cornell Cooperative Extension are set to host their Annual Rural Skills Homesteading Festival, on Saturday, September 28th, from 10 am to 4 pm, at the Paul Smiths College VIC. The Festival features rural skills demonstrations, workshops, food tastings, kid friendly activities, and more. There will be both displays of rural skills and hands-on mini workshops exploring guided wild edible walks, Native American traditional medicine, boiling water bath canning, making pro-biotic rich fermented pickles, raising goats for milk and meat, fresh pressed cider, wine making, water purification system, butter making, wine making, hex and hops brewers, >>More

September, 2019

Brown’s Raid On Ticonderoga in Context

During the French and Indian Wars, control of Lake George could determine control of the North American continent. During the War of Independence, not so much. The lake was a relatively placid place as veterans who had won land grants for service during the war with France took up residence and began to cultivate the hillsides. Barges rather than bateaux passed down the lake, winning barely a glance from the grazing cattle. September, 1777 was the exception. For a few weeks at least, the sounds of guns, cannon and war cries » Continue Reading. View original post.

September, 2019

Historic Canal Marker Grants Available

The William G. Pomeroy Foundation has officially opened a new grant round of its Historic Transportation Canals Marker Grant Program. This historic marker program commemorates the history of canals across the U.S. Grants cover the entire cost of a marker, pole and shipping. The Pomeroy Foundation is a private, grant-making foundation based in Syracuse. One of its main initiatives is to help people celebrate their community’s history through a variety of roadside marker grant programs, including its historic transportation canals program. Canal marker grants are available to 501(c)(3) organizations, nonprofit academic institutions, and local, state and federal government entities within >>More

September, 2019

$1M Available to NYS Parks and DEC Friends Groups

Applications are now being accepted for the fifth round of competitive grants through the NYS Park and Trail Partnership Grants program, funded through the NYS Environmental Protection Fund. The grants, this year doubled to $1 million, are available to organizations, typically referred to as “Friends groups,” that support parks, trails, historic sites and public lands. The program is designed to: enhance the preservation, stewardship, interpretation, environmental education, maintenance and promotion of New York State parks, trails, historic sites, and public lands; increase the sustainability, effectiveness, productivity, volunteerism and fundraising capabilities of not-for-profit organizations that promote, maintain and support NYS parks, >>More


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