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Mathew Brady: Johnsburg Native and the Father of Photojournalism

Mathew Brady

Mathew Brady’s Birthplace Mystery Finally Solved A Recent Discovery Confirms that the Famous Photographer was Born in Johnsburg The birth place of Civil War photographer Mathew Brady was just recently confirmed. Historians have long known that Brady was born to Irish immigrants, and sometime in his teens moved to New York City, but the exact [...]

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Adirondack History: The Roosevelt-Marcy Trail

Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt’s Race to North Creek The Roosevelt-Marcy Trail in the Adirondacks It was September 6, 1901―Vice President Theodore Roosevelt was attending a luncheon on Lake Champlain when he learned that President William McKinley had been shot at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo. Roosevelt rushed to be by the President’s bedside. After a few days, McKinley [...]

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Grandma Moses: An American Icon

Quilting Bee (Grandma Moses, 1950)

History in Our Backyard: Grandma Moses Grandma Moses: One of Our Most Celebrated Painters A self-taught painter, Grandma Moses, whose real name was Anna Mary Robertson, was born as she described back in the green meadows and wild woods on a farm in Washington County. The eldest daughter, she was born September 7, 1860 and [...]

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Tahawus, the History of an Abandoned Mining Ghost Town in the Adirondacks

Tahawus, NY. Photo Courtesy of Dave Honan

Tahawus: A Ghost Town in the Heart of the Adirondacks The One-Time Mining Town is Now a Nature Preserve The two-time abandoned ghost town, called Tahawus or Adirondak, dates back to the early 1800s when iron ore was first discovered in the mountains. Tahawus has been abandoned twice from the hardships of operating in the [...]

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Henry Reed Rathbone: an Albany Native and His Intimate Connection with Lincoln’s Assassination

The Assassination of President Lincoln at Ford's Theatre

Albany’s Henry Reed Rathbone and the Lincoln Assassination Albany’s Connection to a Tragic Part of History Most people are at least vaguely familiar with the details of Abraham Lincoln‘s assassination. Whether from paying attention during American history class or watching Steven Spielberg’s vastly popular 2012 film Lincoln, people are generally aware that Lincoln was shot by [...]

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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) at the Lake Theatre, Review

Corey Tazmania and Jarel Davidow in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).

The Bard…in a Highly Comical Nutshell The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) at the Lake Theatre, Review Let’s face it: you either love William Shakespeare or you hate him. Regardless of your feelings, there’s no doubt that the Bard has left an indelible impact on the literary world with his 37 plays, a gazillion [...]

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A True Visionary: Daevid Allen of The Soft Machine and Gong

Daevid Allen, circa 1974. Photo courtesy of pastdaily

Daevid Allen: 1938-2015 Cancer Claims One of Psychedelia’s Most Beloved Characters Daevid Allen was a renaissance man from another planet. A poet and performance artist who spearheaded The Soft Machine and Gong, Allen took his ardent fan base into other worlds with his wacky version of psychedelic rock. Born in Melbourne, Australia in 1938, Allen [...]

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Man Blames Neighbors, Mother Nature for Fallen Tree in Yard

The Fallen Tree in Theophanes Glurdbicks' Back Yard. Photo by Dave Bower

Fallen Tree Enrages Local Resident Man Claims Vengeance Against Mother Nature Theophanes Glurdbicks of Salem, NY awoke on Monday morning to find that the top half of a 200-foot tall pine tree had snapped and landed on his yard. Nearing the end of winter and having collected a large amount of naturally fallen wood on [...]

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A Rare Screening of a Silent Classic Comes to Proudfit Hall

Salem, NY native and silent screen actress Jane Gail

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea at Proudfit Hall on January 18 Salem Resident Jane Gail in Jules Verne’s Timeless Classic Are you a fan of silent films? Are you fan of Jules Verne’s classic novels? Well, you’re in luck, as the 1916 adaptation of Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea will be screened at [...]

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Pink Floyd Calls it a Day: The Endless River, Album Review

Pink Floyd: The Endless River, 2014

The Beloved Band’s Coda to Their Illustrious Career Pink Floyd: The Endless River, CD Review After twenty years since their last album, The Division Bell (1994), and countless re-issues of their complete studio recordings and several greatest hits packages, Pink Floyd have returned by sifting through their archives to create a ‘new’ album entitled, The [...]

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