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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Annual Conference on the Adirondacks Set for May

The 26th Annual Conference on the Adirondacks has been set for May 22nd and 23rd, at the Conference Center in Lake Placid. This years theme is “Sharing Science and Policy in the Adirondacks – Culture, Conservation, and Communication,” and will feature author Stephanie Hanes of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, with a talk entitled “The Intersection of Culture and Conservation; Lessons learned in an Africa Study and a Relationship to the Adirondacks.” A full conference schedule is available here. Organizers have announced a Call for Papers and Student Posters for presentations at the Annual Conference. The poster >>More

Thursday, March 21, 2019

1921: Rhoda Fox Graves Runs For Assembly

Rhoda Graves was active in Republican politics in 1917 when New York passed women’s suffrage. When it became the law of the land in 1920, it made the possibility of holding elective office an attractive option for some women. In 1921, Rhoda’s close friend, ten-year assemblyman Frank Seaker, retired from public office, and William Laidlaw, nominated to replace him, served for the next three years. It’s not clear what the machinations were behind Laidlaw’s decision not to run for another term, but there’s no doubt the big announcement that followed was the work of Rhoda, Perle (her husband), Frank Seaker, >>More

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

A New History of Adirondack Native People

Melissa Otis’s book Rural Indigenousness: A History of Iroquoian and Algonquian Peoples of the Adirondacks (Syracuse University Press, 2018) takes a look at indigenous and settler interactions in the Adirondacks. The Adirondacks have been a homeland for Indigenous people for millennia. The presence of Native people in the region was obvious, but not well documented by Europeans who did not venture into the interior between the seventeenth and early nineteenth centuries. Otis’s Rural Indigenousness is a more comprehensive study of the relationship between Native Americans and the Adirondacks than we have seen to date. It shines a light on the >>More

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Bands ‘n Beans Set For Fort William Henry Center

Hot chili and hot music will be celebrated at the 28th Annual Bands ‘n Beans event to be held at Fort William Henry Conference Center in Lake George on Sunday, March 31, from 2 to 7 pm. More than twenty area restaurants will participate in this hotly contested event, along with continuous music on two stages with The Radio Junkies, PJ Ferguson 2, Rich Ortiz, The Switch, Steve and Kenny, Stony Creek Band, Tim Wechgelaer & Chris Carey Band, and Ten Most Wanted. Proceeds from Bands ‘n Beans benefits the Lake George Arts Project. Tickets are $20 if purchased by >>More

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Lake George Rev War Remains: The 1st Pennsylvania At Fort George

The remains dislodged from an 18th century military cemetery at a Lake George construction site will, in all likelihood, be reinterred on the grounds of Fort George Park, say Village officials. The Village’s Board of Trustees has adopted a resolution calling upon New York State to permit the remains to be buried at the state-owned park, said Mayor Bob Blais. Blais said New York State officials support the proposal, although the remains will be in the possession of state archaeologists for at least a year, undergoing examination and analyses. Mike Borgos, an attorney for Ruben and Dana Ellsworth, who were >>More

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

A Soldier’s Journey Through The Adirondack Park

, featuring seven events that look deeper into Adirondack history and culture. The next Adirondack Experience 2019 Cabin Fever Sunday Series lecture will be “A Soldier’s Journey through the Heart of the Park” with John Taibi on March 24th. John Taibi shares the story of a Second World War soldier who was held captive as a prisoner-of-war by the German Army. Upon arriving home, he was reunited with his wife of hardly a year, and the United States Army sent them both to The Club in Lake Placid for rest and relaxation following his P.O.W. deprivations and her constant worry >>More

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Comments Sought on Crown Point Management Plan

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) are preparing a Unit Management Plan (UMP) for both the Crown Point State Historic Site and the Crown Point Campground and Day Use Area. Public comments are sought on the UMP, which will address the future management of both properties, including 440-acres along the shores of Lake Champlain. A public meeting to start the planning process will be held on Thursday, March 28, at 6 pm in the auditorium of the Crown Point State Historic Site Museum, 21 Grandview Drive, >>More

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Poetry: Independence River

There is a forest that I return to when I can’t get away from the pulsations of thinking. A forest of tombs as still as dead tree trunks and melodious as raindrops on red pine needles. The paths of my ancestors. In this forest, I am not alive like I usually am. Stepping in mink tracks, I know this place in my tendons like a ghost knows the temperature of fog. Here, the Independence River runs like a lovely ribbon until it pounds into a ravine of crumbling shale. And I know that old hunger returning from vanished glaciers. In >>More

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Gouverneur’s Rhoda Fox Graves, NYS Political Trailblazer

Bucking the odds is a common theme of Walter-Mitty-type fantasies — overcoming daunting obstacles to become a winner, or a hero at some level. Few of us actually live the dream, but sometimes it happens, and during Women’s History Month, an incredible North Country example comes to mind: Rhoda F. Graves of Gouverneur in St. Lawrence County. The extreme unlikelihood of her becoming a historic figure in state politics makes her story all the more compelling. And the details are amazing. Extreme unlikelihood? Well, consider that for the first two-thirds of her life, the groundbreaking events of the final third >>More

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The Other Milhollands: John and Vida

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Warren County Historical Society will host “The Other Milhollands: John and Vida” on Wednesday, March 27, at 7 pm in Glens Falls. Managing Director of the Ticonderoga Historical Society Diane O’Connor will be the presenter. John E. Milholland, born in 1860, was a journalist, politician, inventor and publisher, who helped found the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He was an owner of the Ticonderoga Sentinel newspaper and a key progressive figure of the early 1900s. Vida Milholland was born in 1888 and, while not as well-known as her sister, >>More