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September, 2017

Test Your Battle of Plattsburgh Knowledge (Part 2)


September 11, 2017, marks the 203rd anniversary of the Battle of Plattsburgh. The official 2017 commemoration of the battle ended Sunday.  To mark the event, a quiz appeared here last week, mostly addressing Commodore Thomas Macdonough’s role in the victory on Lake Champlain. There were two battles at Plattsburgh however, one on the bay and one on land. This week’s quiz covers the land battle and related subjects. See if you can answer a few, and learn a few fun facts in the bargain. At the age of sixteen, which future commander became a member of the elite military group >>More


September, 2017

240th Anniversary of the Battles of Saratoga Event Planned


The Saratoga National Historical Park’s ca. 1775 Neilson House will host a reenactment of the lives of Continental Army and Militia personnel who inhabited the same ground in September and October 1777 during the Battles of Saratoga on Saturday and Sunday, September 16-17. At this 240th anniversary of the battle, visitors can experience some of the sights, sounds, and smells of military camp life in the American Revolution as re-enactors portray American Continental and Militia soldiers and women followers during the 1777 Battles of Saratoga. Visitors can join in a historical court-martial » Continue Reading. View original post.


September, 2017

2017 Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration Quiz (And 7 Pages of Events!)


The Battle of Plattsburgh celebration is upon us again, so there’s no better time than now for a little Q&A to test your knowledge (and you’ll learn stuff, too!) about a truly remarkable victory. The focus here is on Commodore Thomas Macdonough, who was lauded nationally as a hero for his actions on Lake Champlain. On Plattsburgh’s museum campus (located on the former air base property), you’ll find the Battle of Plattsburgh Association’s War of 1812 Museum, and check out the schedule of events for the 2017 Battle of Plattsburgh commemoration running from September 7–10. There’s something for everyone, with >>More


September, 2017

Raquette River Dams Research Talk Thursday


TAUNY, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York has invited the community to a Raquette River dams exhibit research talk with Camilla Ammirati and Mary Jane Watson on Thursday, September 7 from noon to 1 pm at the TAUNY Center in Canton. The presentation will focus on the oral history project that inspired TAUNY’s current exhibit, “‘Look Down, You’ll See Our Tracks’: Raquette River Dam Stories.” Attendees will have the chance to see the images, hear the stories, and learn about how this part of our regional heritage came into focus over three years of research and exhibit development. » Continue >>More


August, 2017

Emma Johnson: One Tough Pioneer Mom


Heat and hard physical work can be a debilitating combination. Two of my experiences with them from the long-ago past were a challenge and a heck of a workout — under a blazing sun, doing the haying, and, my personal favorite, picking rocks. But the most exhausting of all was harder than both — digging graves with a shovel and pick during the hottest days of summer. I quickly understood why the veteran diggers joked that people who died during the summer were so inconsiderate. Decades ago, while researching my first book, the details of another very hot and difficult >>More


August, 2017

Amy Godine’s ‘Tales from the Black Woods’ Lecture


The Adirondack History Museum will conclude its summer lecture series with “Tales from the Black Woods” with Amy Godine on Thursday, September 7. Godine’s lecture explores Essex County stories that underscore the deep appeal of land ownership and farming for black families before the Civil War, and celebrates the richness of the 19th-century black Adirondack experience. Godine talk about how a self-emancipated slave from New Orleans wound up on an Adirondack homestead; why a black collier and Civil War veteran from New Russia took the famous abolitionist, Gerrit Smith, to court; and how it was that a slave owned prime >>More


August, 2017

Jay O’Hern’s Newest Book: Adirondack Camp Stories


William J. O’Hern’s new book Adirondack Camp Stories: A Treasury of True Tales, Lore, History, Recreation, and Colorful Characters of the Mountains (North Country Books, 2017) is a storybook with archival photos that connect readers with early Adirondack camps — from the simplest backwoods shelters, to boarding houses and hotels that offered more comfortable amenities. This collection of tales includes sporting camp stories, true tales of remarkable guides and game protectors, accounts of hermits, and narratives about camp camaraderie that draw the reader back to an earlier time in the mountains. Adirondack Camp Stories features hundreds of historic photo throughout its >>More


August, 2017

Blue Mountain Lake Flotilla Recreating 1882 Event


On August 27, the Blue Lake community will come together to celebrate a time when guests arrived by steamer, stage coach, and train to spend summers in their idyllic Adirondack town. In 1882, the original flotilla glided from the shores of Prospect Point House to the sounds of a cannon salute and orchestra while Chinese lanterns showed the way. Now, 135 years later, Prospect Point Cottages is welcoming all antique and non-motorized boats to participate in a similar flotilla for a glimpse back to the Adirondack’s Gilded Age. According to Prospect Point Cottages owner and Blue Mountain Lake Flotilla organizer >>More


August, 2017

Peter S. Paine Jr. Awarded Marquis de Montcalm Award


Fort Ticonderoga recently awarded Peter S. Paine, Jr. the Marquis de Montcalm Award. The award is Fort Ticonderoga’s highest honor and was given in recognition of Paine’s years of leadership and service to the museum.  The award was presented at Fort Ticonderoga’s Annual Summer Gala held at Fort Ticonderoga on August 12th. Paine was presented the award and given a reproduction of a Chevalier of the Order of » Continue Reading. View original post.


August, 2017

Military Archaeology of Upper Hudson, Champlain Valleys


On Thursday, August 24, 2017 at the Schuylerville Town Hall, 12 Spring Street, The American Revolution Round Table of the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys will host a talk with archaeologist David Starbuck on 18th Century Military archaeology in the Upper Hudson and Champlain Valleys. The presentation will begin at 7 pm. The waterway that runs between Albany and Canada contains the richest cluster of 18th-century military sites in the US. Fort William Henry and Fort Ticonderoga experienced fierce conflict during the French and Indian War, and the Saratoga Battlefield is forever linked to the American Revolution. While military historians » >>More