Monday, June 17, 2024

Over the Top on Memorial Day in Long Lake

Long Lake War Memorial.

As summer began in Long Lake with Memorial Day, veterans raised a flag and honored those who served in the two World Wars. As they have for the past 63 years, two stone men watched the ceremony from the top of plinth of cut native blocks. Known around town as The Doughboys, the unnamed men stand for all the horrors of war. The ceremony took place at a monument that most people probably don’t see as they travel through the Adirondacks on Route 30. They are part of a sculpture by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney titled Over the Top and are worth studying, both as an example of the work of an internationally-known sculptor and art patron and for the tale they tell about relationships and recycling in this small town.

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Monday, June 10, 2024

Tales of the Adirondacks, Past & Present: Hidden Roots: The Western Abenaki Nation by Joseph Bruchac

Joseph Bruchac

Our next OurStoryBridge story share is titled, “Hidden Roots: The Western Abenaki Nation” by Joseph Bruchac. This captivating tale is about a man who embraced his Abenaki heritage, even at a time when it was not widely recognized by others. Bruchac discusses his book Hidden Roots, the story of a boy learning about his Abenaki heritage, and learns that our commonalities are stronger than our differences. Listen to this story in its entirety by clicking here. 

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Friday, June 7, 2024

Historic Saranac Lake announces President Quezon History Day set for Aug. 3

President Quezon History Day graphic

Saranac Lake, NY  — Historic Saranac Lake announced that President Quezon History Day will be held on Saturday, Aug. 3. The day will celebrate the life and legacy of Manuel Luis Quezon, the first president of the Philippines, who came to Saranac Lake for his health. The event coincides with the 80th anniversary of President Quezon’s death in Saranac Lake on August 1, 1944.

From the 1880s onward, Saranac Lake was known as a world-renowned health resort, attracting people from all walks of life sick with tuberculosis. Tens of thousands sought relief using the fresh air treatment methods pioneered by Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau.

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Friday, May 31, 2024

Tales of the Adirondacks, Past & Present: The Red Barn by Joanne Whitney

Red Barn

Our next OurStoryBridge Inc. story share is called The Red Barn by Joanne Whitney. It is the story of the iconic and likely most photographed structure in the Adirondacks. Listen to this story in its entirety at this link.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Fort Ticonderoga to present a Memorial Day Weekend Commemoration, May 25-26

On Saturday and Sunday, May 25-26, Fort Ticonderoga will pay tribute to the men and women who lost their lives to their country during the American Revolution. Discover the story of the American Army in 1777 and how it prepared to defend liberty at Ticonderoga through living history programs and demonstrations throughout Memorial Day weekend. These events will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Throughout the weekend, witness the labor of liberty as soldiers from the Continental Army bring to life this defining story through military drills, historic trades, and fatigue duties such as carpentry.

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Monday, May 13, 2024

Adirondack Experience to open for the season on May 24

Blue Mountain Lake, NY — Adirondack Experience (ADKX) will open on May 24 for the 2024 season, inspiring visitors to learn and connect with all-things Adirondack, past and present. In addition to its expansive list of ongoing daily offerings, several new works of art – including, Cosmic Portal, a complex sculptural piece that measures 9’ by 6’ – will be on display in Artists & Inspiration in the Wild, which debuted in July 2023.

This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the completion of the Northville-Placid Trail (NPT), a 138-mile route that transverses Adirondack Park. To honor this milestone, the museum will launch its newest special exhibition, Trail Makers: 100 Years of the Northville-Placid Trail and offer daily programming and opportunities to connect hikers, history buffs, and those who simply treasure the region to come together to mark this anniversary in a personal way.

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Thursday, May 9, 2024

Wiawaka Center for Women: A rich, historic gem along Lake George

A few days ago, the Ethel Gathering Group (a group of women who meet for lunch and other activities) posted on Facebook that Wiawaka needed volunteers for spring cleanup in anticipation of opening for the season.
This caught my attention because I remembered that last year Lake George’s Minne-Ha-Ha captain pulled close to shore and specifically pointed out Wiawaka, briefly explaining that it’s a center for women.

After reading the Facebook post, I checked the center’s website. When I saw that one of this summer’s events will be about Katrina Trask, I knew I had to visit. A few years ago, I was able to take a 3-hour, in depth tour of the very private Yaddo where we heard about Katrina’s amazing (and tragic) life.

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Thursday, May 2, 2024

Fort Ticonderoga opens for the season May 4 with two-day living history event

Ticonderoga, NY –  Join Fort Ticonderoga as they introduce the 2024 daily visitation season with a lively two-day living history event, For the Good of the King’s Service, on Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5. Fort Ticonderoga kicks off Real Time Revolution™ with a full-scale recreation of its British Garrison, 250 years to the day back in 1774. Discover daily life for British soldiers and their families in 1774 with activities including gardening, shoemaking, tailoring, and boatbuilding.

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Sunday, April 28, 2024

A Childhood in Randall: Fishing, penny candy & playing in Grandpa’s barn

A couple pose at their home

During the 1970s-80s my family lived in Randall. When my siblings and I weren’t building forts in the woods behind our house, we were riding our bicycles through a tunnel which went under the thruway and led to Lock 13. If I was alone, I would bring a book to read next to the Mohawk River. With friends, we would bring fishing poles in hopes of catching a perch. Sometimes we hit the jackpot when a big boat would pass through the locks and the people would give us a dollar. We would pedal to Joe’s gas station and spend it all on penny candy. Sadly, the tunnel is now blocked off, but there is a fairly new welcome center.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

A Fugitive At Large in Schroon Lake

Trial of John I. Filkins, New York Sun, March 13, 1871

John I. Filkins and the Reward for His Capture

It was the evening of January 6, 1871, on what seemed to be just another night of work on the Albany train for 28-year-old express messenger Thomas A. Halpine. Though a veteran of four years in the Civil War, where he fought at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg with the Connecticut Heavy Artillery, it was likely that the furthest thing from his mind that night was violence and guns. As the train was leaving East Albany, Halpine heard someone step in the open door of the train car, and before he could even turn to greet them, a shot rang out and a bullet pierced the back of his skull. 

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Saturday, April 20, 2024

Historian Michael Barrett to present on Peter Gansevoort April 27 in Lake George

General Gansevoort's burial site at Albany Rural Cemetery

Lake George, NY – Local Revolutionary War hero General Peter Gansevoort, who commanded Fort George at Lake George during the crucial year of 1776 and led a successful defense of Fort Stanwix in central New York the following year to help pave the way for the Continental Army’s ultimate defeat of General Burgoyne at Saratoga, will be the subject of the presentation “Peter Gansevoort: A Hero and His Legacy,” on Saturday, April 27 at the Holiday Inn Resort in Lake George, beginning at 11 a.m.

The featured speaker will be historian Michael P. Barrett, Vice President of the Board of Trustees for Albany Rural Cemetery, where General Gansevoort is buried. The program is sponsored by the Lake George Battlefield Park Alliance and is free to the public. Attendees are asked to register prior the event at with the number of seats needed.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Author Glenn Pearsall to lead April 18 discussion at Union College

Union College Academy for Lifelong Learning (UCALL) and the Kelly Adirondack Center are pleased to present a presentation featuring author Glenn Pearsall who will lead a discussion on his book, When Men and Mountains Meet: Stories of Hope and Despair in the Adirondack Wilderness after the American Revolution. The event will take place at the Old Chapel on Thursday, April 18, 2024 at 5:30 p.m., with refreshments available beginning at 5 p.m. This presentation is free and open to the public.

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Monday, April 8, 2024

Like Father, like Daughter: Harris Stearns’ war memoir a must-read for history buffs

Memories from the Forgotten War book cover

My father (Elwyn “Pete” Bellinger) recently called to say hello and then to reminisce about Garoga, where he grew up with three brothers and one sister.  My Dad’s father, Frank, and brother, Frank (“Sonny,”) helped build the first Rockwood-Garoga-Lasselsville firehouse. During our conversation, my father asked if I had ever heard of Harris Stearns, or his book, Memories From The Forgotten War. My father knew Stearns and seeing him walking one night, gave him a ride home on his motorcycle.

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Sunday, April 7, 2024

The Fulton County Desperado: Charles “Eddie” Baker

It was a bitterly cold day in February of 1907 when Edward Lofts walked out of his home at Blue Corners on the Western edge of Saratoga County, hitched up his team, and started for Amsterdam with a load of wood. Little did he know that as he urged his horses westward the peaceful scene he left behind would soon be transformed into one of tragedy and horror. Six weeks earlier Edward and his wife Cornelia had taken in their sixteen-year-old nephew, Charles Edward “Eddie” Baker. All had been going well with Eddie in the home, with everyone getting along and the young man even assisting with work on the farm. 

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Sunday, March 24, 2024

Elizabeth Cady Stanton Hometown Assoc. offers walking tour through Johnstown

Johnstown, NY – To celebrate Women’s History Month, the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Hometown Association (ECSHA) has installed an educational poster campaign on Main Street in Johnstown. The campaign celebrates some of Fulton County’s trailblazing women of the past and present.  Those with the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Hometown Association also encourage all to take part in a 1-mile (about 1 hour) walking tour through historic Johnstown. Use the map on the Walking Tour card (click here) or pick up a rack card at the Sunshine Shoppe or the tourist kiosk at Sir William Johnson Park.

“Of course we like to celebrate Elizabeth, Molly Brandt, and Rose Knox this month, but we  have so many female firsts in Fulton County; we wanted to honor some of our current trailblazers as well,” stated Bonnie Valachovic, ECSHA Board Member.

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