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August, 2016

View’s House Tour by Boat Casts Off Saturday


View’s House Tour by Boat offers an opportunity to tour the interiors of some of the most fascinating camps on the Fulton Chain. Twenty party barges will depart at 10 am on Saturday, August 13, from the Old Forge lakefront to give passengers an opportunity to tour the grounds and interiors of camps that boaters usually only view from the water. This year’s tour will include visits to six camps along the Fulton Chain. The Great Pines Lodge, formerly known as the Northwood Inn and Resort, which came under new ownership and underwent extensive upgrades and renovations in 2016, will >>More


August, 2016

Irish Fenians In The North Country


Today we would label them a “paramilitary organization.” In the years immediately following the American Civil War, life in the Adirondacks was briefly interrupted by the Fenians, also known as the Fenian Brotherhood. The Fenian Brotherhood was an Irish Republican organization founded in New York in 1858 by John O’Mahoney. Their name is derived from legends about ancient Irish warriors called the Fianna. Their goal was an Irish Republic free of British rule. Following the American Civil War, and with an increasing number of members who had served on both sides of that conflict, many Fenians had prior military experience. >>More


August, 2016

Erastus Hudson and the Lindbergh Baby Case (Conclusion)


From a forensics perspective, Dr. Erastus Hudson voiced his deduction that the Lindbergh kidnapping was an inside job, based on evidence with which he was personally familiar. “A point of great importance rested in the absence of any fingerprints on the nursery window and its remarkably broad sill. Kelly [of the New Jersey State Police] had powdered it a few hours after the kidnapping. No prints were found, although Betty Gow [the child’s nurse] and Mrs. Lindbergh had opened and closed the window that same night. Miss Gow had rubbed the child’s chest with an ointment, the oleaginous base of >>More


August, 2016

Adirondack Museum Planning $9.4M Overhaul


The board of trustees of the Adirondack Museum has announced the launch of the public phase of its $9.4 million capital campaign “For Generations,” which is hoped to raise funds to update its exhibitions, expand opportunities for visitors to explore the museum’s natural surroundings, enhance universal access, and other improvements. More than $7.5 million has been raised in donations and pledges to date. The museum is planning to transform its largest indoor space, formerly the location of the “Roads and Rails: Everyday Life in the Age of Horses” exhibition, into “The Adirondack Experience,” an 18,000-square-foot journey through the history of >>More


July, 2016

Erastus Hudson and the Lindbergh Baby Case (Part 2)


On March 13, 1932 Erastus Hudson of Plattsburgh was asked to visit the crime scene in the Charles Lindbergh home to secure whatever evidence he might produce. First using the standard dusting process, which was best for solid surfaces, he found no prints in the nursery on any items that had already been checked, confirming Kelly’s results, but he did find thirteen on the baby’s books and toys. These were extremely valuable because the baby had been born at home, and thus no fingerprints had been taken. Those gathered by Hudson were the only means of identifying the baby for >>More


July, 2016

History Tour Across Lake Champlain Bridge July 31


On July 31, 2016, at 1 pm, a guided history walk across the Lake Champlain Bridge will be held. Attendees will meet at the Crown Point State Historic Site museum nestled between two colonial forts on the New York side of the bridge for the start of the tour. Allow at least two hours for this walk back and forth across the bridge. Participants can learn about nearly 9,000 years of human history at this important and beautiful location on Lake Champlain. The channel with its peninsulas, or points, on each side made it one of the most strategic spots >>More


July, 2016

Fire Tower Family Day At Essex Museum Saturday


The Adirondack History Museum will present its Adirondack Fire Tower program for families on Saturday, July 30 from 9 am – 3 pm. The program features a presentation by museum educator David Thomas-Train at the museum building, and will include a hike up Poke-O- Moonshine. The free program for families explores the history and ongoing role of fire towers in regional land stewardship. Participants should bring a bagged lunch, and be prepared to hike the mountain. The program is recommended for students in the fourth to eighth grade level. The Adirondack Fire Tower Program is sponsored by International Paper, Stewart’s >>More


July, 2016

Bluff Point Lighthouse Restoration Celebration Sunday


In honor of the newly renovated Bluff Point Lighthouse on Valcour Island, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) in conjunction with the Clinton County Historical Association (CCHA) has announced a formal Bluff Point Lighthouse Restoration Celebration to be held this Sunday, July 24th at the Peru Dock Boat Launch.  The schedule of events begins at the Peru Dock Boat Launch at 11 am featuring guest speakers from the NYS DEC and the CCHA, in addition to state and local elected officials. Transportation to and from Valcour Island will be provided by the NYS DEC starting at >>More


July, 2016

Plattsburgh’s Erastus Hudson and the Lindbergh Baby Case


“Trial of the Century” is a term frequently bandied about in the media to define extremely high-profile court cases. In the 1900s, twenty or so sported the moniker—the Scopes Monkey Trial, Nuremburg, Charles Manson, and O. J. Simpson among them—but always in the running, and at the top of many lists, is the Lindbergh Kidnapping in 1935. (The crime was committed in 1932; the court case began three years later.) At the center of one of the main issues during that trial was a North Country man, whose testimony spawned doubt among observers that justice was achieved. Many books have >>More


July, 2016

Equal Pay for Women in 1870: The Charley Warner Solution


Unequal pay for women ably performing the same jobs as men is unfair and idiotic. Why the sex of an employee reduces their pay should be a mystery to all, especially when most men can relate stories of male co-workers receiving equal pay despite being underperformers, shirkers, or just plain lazy. But the issue is nothing new. Faced with a need for self-supporting income in the 1870s, a northern New York woman didn’t wait for society to grant her equality. She instead chose her own path: going undercover in a man’s world. In doing so, she may have also found >>More