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Emma Willard: A Pioneer in Women’s Education

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Emma Willard’s Fight for Equal Rights How Emma Willard Helped Improve Education for Women in New York The New York State Legislature did not pass Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 10-point Women’s Equality Act at the end of the 2013 session; can you imagine how Emma Willard, a leader in women’s education would react once the bill [...]

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General Joseph Warren’s Legacy in the Adirondacks

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Warren County Named after American Revolutionary War Hero The Legacy of General Joseph Warren Warren County is the prominent tourist area where people that want to get a feel of the Adirondack State Park visit surrounding towns like Lake George, Diamond Point, Lake Luzerne, Gore Mountain, Queensbury and Glens Falls. An interesting fact that most [...]

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Marcus T. Reynolds: A Local Architect with a Long-Lasting Influence

The Van Rensselaer House. Photo Courtesy of Williams College
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Albany’s Architectural Legacy Marcus T. Reynolds and his Eclectic Perspective If you’ve ever walked around Albany, you’ve probably noticed the eclectic architecture of the city. Modern, practical skyscrapers stand alongside seemingly antiquated, detailed structures, giving the city character and architectural significance. Much 19th and early 20th century architecture remains throughout the city, and many of [...]

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Mark Twain and the Adirondacks

Mark Twain at Kane Camp in Saranac Lake
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Mark Twain’s Connection to Ulysses S. Grant and Saranac Lake America’s Beloved Humorist and his time in the Adirondacks The father of American literature and former steamboat pilot, Mark Twain traveled throughout the world. In his travels, he and his family vacationed in Saranac Lake but for only one summer. Twain had much more serious [...]

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Actor Brad Pitt to Produce Biopic on the Life of Saratoga’s Solomon Northup

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Twelve Years a Slave to be released in August 2013 Brad Pitt Helps Bring Solomon Northup’s Story to the Screen Brad Pitt and his production company, Plan B, will produce Twelve Years a Slave, an upcoming movie about Solomon Northup, a free black man forced into slavery who lived in Spa City in the mid-1800s. [...]

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How William Henry Harrison Murray Introduced the Adirondacks to America

William Henry Harrison "Adirondack" Murray. Photo Courtesy New York Public Library
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The Inspiration Behind Adventures in the Wilderness How a Connecticut Clergyman Became the Father of the Outdoor Movement The man that initially drew attention to the Adirondacks, and is responsible for the huge influx of urban vacationers to the area was William Henry Harrison Murray (1840–1904). Nicknamed “Adirondack Murray” because of his books, he was [...]

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The Susan B. Anthony Childhood Home in Battenville

The Susan B. Anthony House, circa 1897
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Susan B. Anthony’s Childhood in Battenville The Legendary Suffragist’s Early Years in Washington County Susan B. Anthony dedicated her life to women’s suffrage. Her efforts paved the way for the 19th amendment in 1920, 14 years after her death, which gave women the right to vote. She not only she broke barriers beyond female empowerment, [...]

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Chester A. Arthur and His Connection to Washington County

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Little Known Facts about Chester A. Arthur Chester Arthur’s Ties to Greenwich, New York Often in history giants like Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt overshadow lesser known presidents such as Chester A. Arthur, the 21st president of the United States. We forget their achievements were made to form a better nation and improve the [...]

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Photographic Memories: The George S. Bolster Collection at The Saratoga Historical Museum

The George S. Bolster Collection: Broadway in the 1940s
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Saratoga’s Photographic History The George S. Bolster Collection: Insight into Saratoga’s Past Located inside of the Canfield Casino’s Saratoga Historical Museum, there are only about a few dozen of George S. Bolster’s photographs that are available for the public to peruse. But go upstairs, and a locked room holds a complete and massive collection of [...]

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A Curiosity in Connecticut: The Colt Armory

The Colt Armory. Photo Courtesy of historicbuildingsct.com
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A Curiosity in Connecticut: The Colt Armory A National Historic Landmark That You Can’t Visit…Yet If you’re ever driving into Hartford on I-91, you’ll probably see a large onion dome that looks completely out of place amongst the office buildings and otherwise unremarkable architecture. This bright blue, star-spangled, gold-topped bulb might appear to be modern [...]

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