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A Hudson Valley Writer on the Ancient Custom of Christmas

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on December 23, 2014 in Folklore, History |

Buffer  Viewers of the Fox Television temporary hit series Sleepy Hollow follow a story very loosely based on one of America’s first hits in the world of literary fiction, penned by the Hudson valley writer Washington Irving.  The TV show is set in the Tarrytown, New York area (dismissing by default Kinderhook, New York’s claim […]

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Upcoming Presentation on Archaeology in Albany’s South End

Posted by Kerry Nelson on February 17, 2014 in Archaeology, History |

Buffer  Join us this Wednesday, February 19, at the John A. Howe Branch of Albany Public Library, 105 Schuyler Street, Albany, for a presentation on recent archaeological investigations in Albany’s South End. Light refreshments will be provided at 6:00 p.m., and Edward Curtin will give a presentation followed by a Q&A session at 7:00 p.m. […]

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History and Archaeology in Albany’s South End: Recent Investigations

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on January 22, 2014 in Archaeology, History |

Buffer  Near the corner of Broad and Alexander Streets, Albany, New York, 2012. About 8:00 AM on an overcast day archaeological field workers are gathering to begin the day’s work. Exchanging good mornings, they finish their coffee and move field equipment from their vehicles parked along Broad Street to the two nearby dig sites at […]

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Jerry’s Rescue, Syracuse, 1851

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on February 21, 2013 in Archaeology, History |

Buffer(This is the fifth in a series on history and archaeology in upstate New York communities) Recently Kerry Nelson and I attended a Saratoga Reads discussion of Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, along with several other avid Saratoga readers (and people who care about local history).  This was a regularly scheduled Saratoga Reads […]

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NY State Archaeologist to Speak on Archaeology in Ballston

Posted by Kerry Nelson on November 7, 2012 in Archaeology, History |

BufferNew York State Archaeologist, Christina Rieth will give a talk entitled “Lost to History: Archaeology for the Ballston Archaeology District” on Tuesday, November 13th at 7:00 p.m. at the Ballston Town Hall, Charlton Road, Ballston, New York.  The talk will trace the history of the community through it’s archaeological remains and historical documents to describe life […]

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New York State Is Saying Yes to Heritage Tourism

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on July 2, 2012 in Archaeology, History |

Several Fieldnotes posts in one way or another have advocated heritage tourism. We have visited Montezuma Swamp and its ancient American Indian history, gone walking to imagine the prehistoric world, noted the rich potential for heritage tourism in Eastern New York (in resonance with John Roby’s wise words on the economy), and pointed out destinations […]

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The Bicentennial of the War of 1812

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on June 26, 2012 in Archaeology, History |

Kindle“In 1814 we took a little trip, ‘long with Colonel Jackson down the Mighty Mississipp’. Took a little bacon and we took a little beans, And we fought the bloody British in the Town of New Orleans.” -Jimmy Driftwood, “The Battle of New Orleans” This month marks the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the […]

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Let’s Not Stumble on the Road to Economic Recovery

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on June 8, 2012 in Archaeology, CRM, History |

On May 28, 2012 John R. Roby posted a very interesting article on the bad economy’s effect upon archaeology, arguing persuasively that less budget-cutting and more support of archaeology, parks, and historic preservation is called for in the economic recovery.  He points out the devastation to archaeology programs at Parks Canada due to draconian budget […]

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The Battle of Wilton, February 17, 1693

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on February 17, 2012 in Archaeology, History |

Kindle(This is the second in a series on history and archaeology in upstate New York communities) “The territory that now comprises the county of Saratoga lay in the angle of two great pathways, one from the north, the other from the west.  And lying as it did in the angle of the war trails, it […]

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Making History in Saratoga Springs: Health and Horses in the City, Ancient Settlements out by the Lake

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on February 16, 2012 in Archaeology, History, Museums |

Kindle(This is the first in a series on history and archaeology in upstate New York communities) Saratoga Springs in New York’s Hudson Valley region draws thousands of visitors and summer residents to events ranging from Dance Flurry in February, to the New York City Ballet in July, and the late summer thoroughbred horse races.  The […]

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