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Donald Trump Elected President

Donald Trump Wins the 2016 Presidential Race
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Republicans win White House, Congress and Senate National and Local Election Results What a long, strange trip it’s been. While we thought that the 2012 presidential race was the nastiest of all time, the 2016 race certainly took the cake and gave us one twisted mindfuck of a sideshow that none of us had seen [...]

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A Preview of the June 28 Primaries in NY Districts 19, 20, and 21

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Upcoming Congressional Primaries in NY Districts 19, 20, and 21 Zephyr Teachout, Matt Funiciello and John Faso are Running for Upstate Congressional Seats on June 28 As this year’s Presidential campaign has morphed into madness, we’d like to take a moment and focus on some of the other races in our area, especially those in [...]

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A New Direction for The Lake Theatre, with two Comedies for 2016

Poster for Almost, Maine, courtesy of Big Gorilla Design.
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The Lake Theatre Produces Two Shows for 2016 Two Quirky Comedies are Cast for this Year’s season In a departure from previous seasons, The Lake Theatre will be producing two shows this year: Almost, Maine by John Cariani and Kathleen Clark’s Southern Comforts. “We had a terrific turnout for auditions both in New York City [...]

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Mathew Brady: Johnsburg Native and the Father of Photojournalism

Mathew Brady
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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
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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)
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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
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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
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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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Saratogian George Crum, Inventor of the Potato Chip

Black History Month: George Crum, Inventor of the Potato Chip
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A Beloved Snack, Created in our own Backyard How George Crum Created the Potato Chip February is Black History Month, the roots of which were established in 1920 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the second black person to graduate from Harvard University and the son of former slaves. Woodson had co-founded the Association for the [...]

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Kate Mullany: An Activist and Leader in the 19th Century Labor and Women’s Movements

The Kate Mullany House in Troy, NY. Photo Courtesy of Daniel Case.
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Kate Mullany and the Collar Laundry Union in Troy One Woman’s Goal to Improve Working Conditions for Women Imagine working in a hot, humid factory for 12 to 14 hours a day, sweating and laboring with hardly any opportunity for a break. Sticking your hands in bleach, soap and boiling water and burning yourself on [...]

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