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I Tried to Advocate for Local History in an Election: A Case Study

Westchester County where I live is holding an election for county executive this year. The two candidates are the incumbent Republican Rob Astorino who previously ran for governor and did well upstate but not downstate and State Senator George Latimer who has a long political career from local to county to state offices and has […]

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Is I Love NY Familiar with Your Site (Days 2and 3)

In this post, I complete the review of the familiarization tour in Central New York by I Love NY in August. The background information on the participating tour operators and the first day of the three day tour was presented in Is I Love NY Familiar with your Historic Site. At the conclusion of the […]

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Is I LoveNY Familiar with Your Site?

CENTRAL NY FAM TOUR & DESTINATIONS GROUP TRAVEL SHOW Sunday, August 27 – Tuesday, August 29, 2017 In an earlier post Irene to Irma: Six Years a Blogger, I referred to a Familiarization Tour in the Mohawk Valley in August six years after the Teacherhostel/Historyhostel that began my blogging career.  Back in March I wrote […]

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Remembering 9/11: Historical Memory

Where were you on the Day of Infamy? Where were you when you learned that Kennedy had been shot? Where were you when the towers fell? Perhaps the more appropriate question to ask is not “where were you…?” but “were you?” In other words, we have shifted from a time of people remembering events in […]

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Columbus Day: Close Encounters of the Third Kind

First contact is a venerable science fiction concept. It refers to the literal first physical contact between beings who previously had had no direct contact with each other. Frequently, prior to first contact, one group, the technologically more powerful one, observes the second one possibly leading to close encounters of the first kind. Or in […]

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Remember the Titans: Jephthah’s Daughter and Sons of Bitches

The story of Jephthah’s Daughter is a short one in the Book of Judges, Chapter 11. Within biblical scholarship, it has been identified as a “text of terror,” a designation coined by my own biblical professor. This fearsome sobriquet derives from the deadly end experienced by the young woman. She was sacrificed to the Lord […]

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Irene to Irma: Six Years a Blogger

September 19, 2017, marked the six year anniversary of my writing blogs on the state of New York State history. A month earlier I had written a post for New York State History about a teacherhostel/historyhostel in the Mohawk Valley conducted just prior to Irene. John Warren, the editor of the blog contacted me and […]

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The Healthcare Debate: Déjà-Vu All Over Again

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. What goes around, comes around. These simple universally-known precepts are beyond the mental capabilities of elected officials in the DC Expanse. People there operate under a different set of guidelines. They believe that If you deploy a superior weapon effectively, the other side will never […]

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Noah and the Erie Canal: Amos Eaton, Rensselaer Institute

This year marks the onset of the bicentennial of the construction of the Erie Canal. As part of that event the world conference of canals is being held this September in Syracuse with various field trips to canal-related sites. In this post, I wish to address one aspect of the creation of the Erie Canal […]

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County and Borough Historians Institute

On August 25, 2017, I attended the one-day County and Borough Historians Institute at the New York State Museum. The session was called by Devin Lander, the New York State historian. In part it was a continuation of a process started last year in a similar session held last October in conjunction with the New […]

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