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June, 2019

Independence Day Weekend at Fort Ticonderoga


Fort Ticonderoga is set to celebrate Independence Day with special events and programming during an extended holiday weekend, July 4-7, 2019. Fort Ticonderoga is the very ground on which the American Revolution occurred. Over the Fourth of July Weekend museum staff and costumed interpreters will recreate and explore the events of the year 1777. On display during this extended Independence weekend only, will be two original documents from the summer of 1776 that provide a glimpse into the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration is one of history’s most significant documents, establishing the United States of America and providing a model >>More


June, 2019

Keene Living History Website Goes Online


On Saturday, June 15, the Keene Valley Library welcomed 35 members of the public to celebrate the launch of myadirondackstory.org, a website for the multi-year history project Adirondack Community: Capturing, Retaining, and Communicating the Stories of Who We Are. Anyone with an internet connection can access the project’s collection of audio stories and related photographs. To date, the website hosts 34 accounts told by Keene residents about the rich social and cultural history of their community in New York State’s Adirondack Mountains. Keene Valley Library Association Director Karen Glass welcomed attendees in the Strickler Family Community Room, » Continue Reading. >>More


June, 2019

Horse and Carriage Blocks Had Many Uses (Conclusion)


Because of their intended function, horse blocks were accessible to anyone and there was no reason to guard them — except for one night of the year. Pranksters annually targeted them in several ways on Halloween: flipping them if they were too heavy to carry off, piling several on the property of an unsuspecting owner, or placing them in unusual locations, like in the middle of road intersections. A drastic change in transportation technology — the automobile — marked the beginning of the end for horse travel and several related items that were present just about everywhere: horse blocks, hitching >>More


June, 2019

Sunday on Valcour Island, Lighthouse Tours


The Clinton County Historical Association will host “Sunday on Valcour Island” on Sunday, July 14th, 2019. The day include tours of the historic Bluff Point Lighthouse on Valcour Island. The trip requires the physical ability to disembark and board from the island’s natural landing, walking on uneven surfaces over rough terrain and climbing stairs. Round trip transportation will be provided for a fee of $25 each. The fee includes a trail guide and George Clifford’s Lake Champlain lighthouses: An illustrated guide to the historic beacons (2002). Lighthouse T-Shirts will also be on sale. The boat, which holds five people per >>More


June, 2019

Guided Lake Champlain Bridge Walk, June 22


Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison, Vermont, and Crown Point State Historic Site in Crown Point, New York are set to host a guided walk on Saturday, June 22 from 11 am to 1 pm. Site administrator Elsa Gilbertson (VT) and Lisa Polay, Crown Point site manager, will lead this “Points of Interest” guided bridge walk. Attendees will meet at the Crown Point State Historic Site museum on the New York foot of the bridge to start. Allow two hours for this walk back and forth on the bridge. Participants can learn about the historic and archaeological importance of >>More


June, 2019

Historic 1930s Girl Scout Camp Reopens to Campers


After a decade of disuse, the 116-year-old National Historic Landmark on Eagle Island will again be a children’s summer camp. Eagle Island Camp is starting small and with two one-week sessions of day camp for 4th, 5th, or 6th graders. Eagle Island Camp is a Great Camp designed by architect William Coulter that contains some of his most notable rustic work. The 30-acre island is located below Upper Saranac Lake’s narrows east of Gilpin Bay. The camp was built in 1903 for Levi P. Morton, U.S. Vice President under Benjamin Harrison and later Governor of New York. Campers arriving at >>More


June, 2019

NYS Tree Nursery Honors Forest Preserve Advocate


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced they have renamed the State Tree Nursery in Saratoga Springs the “Colonel William F. Fox Memorial Saratoga Tree Nursery.”   Born William Freeman Fox on January 11, 1840, in Ballston Spa, just miles from the tree nursery on Route 50, he studied engineering at Union College for three years. In 1862, at 22, Fox joined the Army of the Potomac as a Captain commanding Company C of the 107th New York Volunteer Infantry. Shortly afterward, he saw his first combat in at the Battle of Antietam, considered among the >>More


June, 2019

Once Common Horse Blocks Weren’t Just for Horses and Carriages


The most popular genre by far on nighttime television through the 1960s? Westerns. While children were allowed to watch some of them, several shows specifically geared towards the younger set were shown on Saturday morning. Watching heroes — Roy Rogers, the Lone Ranger, and Zorro, three of the best — escape tense situations and catch bad guys was unforgettable. Among the skills of any cowboy star (or stuntman stand-in) worth his salt were the hurried mounting and high-speed dismounting of horses (usually their own faithful steed, of course). It’s an impressive feat when you consider that horses are pretty high >>More


June, 2019

Great Camp Sagamore Community Day Sunday


Great Camp Sagamore in Raquette Lake is hosting Community Day brunch this Sunday, June 16, from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. The trails will be open to the public for hiking, with tours of the property and the historic buildings available from 10 am to 4 pm. Built in 1897 on 1,526 acres of remote Adirondack wilderness by William West Durant, Great Camp Sagamore was a wilderness retreat for the Alfred Vanderbilt family for half a century. It is now a National Historic Landmark managed by a non-profit educational institution in order to inspire others to help protect the environment, >>More


June, 2019

New Historic Saranac Lake Exhibit Celebrates the Arts


Historic Saranac Lake has announced an opening reception for “The Art of the Cure,” a new exhibit in the John Black Room of the Saranac Laboratory Museum, located 89 Church Street. This exhibit highlights Saranac Lake’s rich history of the arts. The Trudeau Sanatorium and the Study and Craft Guild offered groundbreaking occupational therapy programs to tuberculosis patients, many of whom went on to become accomplished artists, writers, and craftspeople. “The Art of the Cure” will present more than twenty-five individuals and their accomplishments, such as composer Bela Bartok, potter Mott Chapin, and jewelry makers Betty and Martin Koop. The >>More




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