Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Fort Montgomery: Truths Stranger Than Myths

Fort Montgomery at Rouses Point NY on Lake ChamplainThe Clinton County Historical Association has announced the program Fort Montgomery: The Truth is Stranger than the Myths, with local author and historian James Millard, set for Thursday, September 19, 6:30 pm, at the Plattsburgh Memorial Chapel, Old Base Museum Campus in Plattsburgh.

The story of the ruins just north of the bridge at Rouses Point is strange. Local historian James P. Millard will discuss the history of Fort Montgomery and those surrounding the infamous Fort “Blunder” story. » Continue Reading.


Monday, September 2, 2019

Washington Co History Fair Mixes Serious History, Fun

washington county historical societyThe Washington County Historical Society’s 2019 History Fair, “It Happened in Washington County (History In Your Own Backyard!)” is set for Saturday, September 28th, from 10 am to 4 pm.

The day will feature exhibits by Town and Village Historians, Historical Societies, and re-enactors and programs for all ages. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, August 29, 2019

Kids Farm Festival at Babbie Farm Museum

The 9th annual Kids Fair and Festival at Babbie Rural and Farm Learning Museum in Peru, NY, is a fun educational way to keep families interested in the importance of rural farming traditions.

The Babbie Rural and Farm Learning Museum has set up a weekend with everything from old-fashioned games to hands-on learning displays to provide an entertaining way to explore farming traditions. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Blue Mountain Lake Landmark Reopening To Guests

Steamboat Landing Blue Mountain Lake 2019A notable Blue Mountain Lake historic landmark, The Steamboat Landing, is being reopened as guest accommodations.  The complex was established in 1879 to serve William West Durant’s Blue Mountain and Raquette Lake Steamboat Line.

According to Richard Longstreth’s architectural guide to the Adirondacks, portions of the complex were constructed as the baggage house. The large main building was built to house the construction of the steamboat line’s largest craft, the twin-stacked, seventy-five-foot-long Tuscarora. Following the launch in 1900, the building was used to house the vessel during the off-season. » Continue Reading.


Monday, August 26, 2019

The Roots Of The Conflict Over Snowmobile Connectors

In order to cut a lot more trees on the Forest Preserve for new snowmobile corridors, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Department of Environmental Conservation and the Attorney General’s Office have announced that they will appeal July’s court ruling against the State and in favor of Protect the Adirondacks.

That ruling by a 4-1 court majority declared that the extent of tree cutting for snowmobile trail construction, when considered cumulatively, violated our state’s constitutional limit on destruction of timber on the Forest Preserve “to a material degree” (Article XIV, Section 1, NYS Constitution, and court interpretations). » Continue Reading.


Monday, August 26, 2019

Dry Women-Wet Men: Gender, Temperance, and Prohibition

wet or dry posterState University at Albany History Professor Gerald Zahavi is set to give a lecture on the dynamics of gender and the importance of women in the temperance movement, on Thursday, August 29th, at the Adirondack History Museum.

The lecture “Dry Women-Wet Men: Gender, Temperance, and the Fight for Prohibition” will look at the early years of the struggle for a “dry” America and the National Prohibition of alcohol following the the passage 18th Amendment on January 16, 1919. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, August 25, 2019

Local History Project Plans 100th Story Celebration

Adirondack Community presentationThe Keene Valley Library is set to host a 100 Story Celebration for the multi-year local history project, Adirondack Community: Capturing, Retaining, and Communicating the Stories of Who We Are, on Saturday, September 14th, from 2 to 4 pm. Light refreshments will be served.

The multi-year local history project collects and organizes audio stories and related photographs from Town of Keene community members through an online platform to share the unique social and cultural history of Keene. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

An Adirondack Guideboat Returns to Long Lake

Colleen rows the boat on Long Lake by Alexandra RoalsvigCharles Bryan, in  The Raquette, River of the Forest (1964), argued that Long Lake played a major role in the development of the Adirondack Guideboat.  That legacy got a local revival recently, when Long Lake resident Colleen Smith re-launched a guideboat on Long Lake built there by her grandfather George W. Smith in the early 1900s.

A neighbor, Gordon Fisher, spotted an advertisement for the boat and recognized it was made in Long Lake, but was unsure of the builder. Fisher contacted Long Lake boat builder Bunny Austin about brokering the vessel on behalf of the owner, who was living on Lake Champlain; it had been in the seller’s family since the 1950s. Austin turned the job over to his nephew Keith Austin, also a boat builder.  His wife Debbie Austin spotted the signature of Geo W. Smith on all three of the seats she was re-caning. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Rare Native American Militaria On Exhibit at Fort Ti

Fort Ticonderoga courtesy Carl Heilman IIRare Native American artifacts are on display at Fort Ticonderoga in the exhibition “The Art of Resistance: Selections from the Robert N. Nittolo Collection” for a limited time only through October 2019.

These items have never been put on view before, and are from the Robert Nittolo collection, considered among the most significant private collections of 18th century militaria. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Great Civil War Beard and Hairdo Contest

Civil War Beard Hair StylesThe Hadley-Lake Luzerne Historical Society is set to host a Great Civil War Beard & Hairdo Contest on Saturday, September 7th, beginning at noon, as part of the Homecoming of the 118th NY Adirondack Regiment Civil War Encampment.

Attendees are encouraged to grow and trim their beard or style their hair in a Civil War era style. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Sacandaga River History: Piseco, Lake Pleasant Reservoirs

pamphlet cover for The Forest Preserve 5 Association for the Protection of the AdirondacksThe Sacandaga River valley has been used as a transportation and communication corridor since before Europeans arrived. It was a native trail, a military road, and a proposed canal and railroad route. Today it’s home to Route 30. The river is a provider of power and recreation, and a powerful force of nature.

Just after the Civil War, a N.Y. Canal Board report (known as the McElroy Report) noted the damage along the Hudson River caused from annual flooding and suggested reservoirs upstream for flood relief and water power. Proposals were made at that time to dam many of the tributaries of the Upper Hudson, including the Sacandaga, but the New York State Legislature took no action.

In 1874 Farrand N. Benedict and Verplanck Colvin issued the Adirondack Storage Report, detailing areas where storage or containment dams could be constructed to minimizing Hudson River flooding in the spring and retain water for late summer and early fall release and use when it was needed in the communities downriver. » Continue Reading.


Monday, August 19, 2019

Adirondack Regiment Civil War Encampment in Lake Luzerne

118th Logo The 118th NY Volunteer Infantry, the Adirondack Regiment, was formed in 1862 from over 1,000 men from Clinton, Essex and Warren counties. They were present at the surrender of Robert E. Lee at Appomattox.

While celebrating and memorializing the Adirondack Regiment, re-enactors are set to demonstrate various Civil War period military and civilian impressions in Lake Luzerne during events September 7-8.

» Continue Reading.


Sunday, August 18, 2019

Antique, Classic Boats Returning to Lake George Village Docks

Annual Antique and Classic Boat Society Adiron- dack Chapter Lake George RendezvousThe Adirondack Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society’s 46th Annual Lake George Rendezvous has been set for Saturday, August 24th, from 10 am to 4 pm, at the Lake George Village public docks on Beach Road.

On display will be antique and classic contemporary boats from the early 20th century through today. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, August 15, 2019

Adirondack Preservation Award Winners Announced

Dr Ferguson House in Glens Falls Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) is set to present its annual Preservation Awards on Monday, September 9 to six recipients that exemplify extraordinary stewardship of individual historic properties and ongoing preservation work in communities across the Adirondacks.

The recipients of the 2019 AARCH Preservation Awards are: » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Warren Co Historical Society Opening New Museum Space

Warren County Historical SocietyThe Warren County Historical Society is officially opening its new museum space with the exhibit “Warren County 360: Celebrating Place and People,” at its headquarters located at 50 Gurney Lane, Queensbury.

The exhibit, a product of two years of research and design, depicts the evolution of Warren County through the lens of cultural geography, showing how the natural resources of the region led to the development of its economy and society. » Continue Reading.