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Mathew Brady: Johnsburg Native and the Father of Photojournalism

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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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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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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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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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Schenectady’s Harold Gould: From Humble Beginnings to Hollywood Star

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Harold Gould: Schenectady Native and Beloved Character Actor A Half Century of Memorable Roles Few actors can boast of a flourishing career that spans half a century. Harold Gould, however, found long-lasting success as an actor in Hollywood and beyond from the 1960s until the early 2000s. Appearing in hundreds of movies, TV shows, and [...]

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Five Great Local New Year’s Eve Events You Won’t Want to Miss

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It’s Time to Ring in 2013 Five Great Local Celebrations to Ring in the New Year It’s New Year’s Eve and you still have no plans? For shame, but fear not dear reader as we have a list of the top five New Year’s Eve events going on in our area, that will bring a [...]

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Experiencing Yaddo First-Hand: An Interview with Cartoonist Dean Haspiel

Dean Haspiel at the Yaddo Mansion
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Dean Haspiel on His Experience at Yaddo A Look Inside the Artists’ Community By Dave Bower The Yaddo artists’ community in Saratoga Springs has served as a retreat for close to 6,000 of America’s most celebrated artists, writers and composers, including Sylvia Plath, Philip Roth, James Baldwin, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Saul Bellow, Truman Capote, [...]

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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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