The Smithsonian’s traveling exhibition, Water/Ways, which looks at how humanity has used water and how water has helped shaped civilization, is set to arrive at Clinton Academy Museum on February 29th for a six-week stay. [Read more…] about Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibit in East Hampton, LI
In 1893, Southampton historian William S. Pelletreau wrote that it was “safe to address almost any middle-aged man one might meet as ‘Captain’, for the chances were that he was one.”
Zachary Taylor, curator at the Southampton History Museum, is set to give PowerPoint lecture on sea captains who made Southampton their home, using research and photographs from the Museum’s archive on Saturday, March 7, at 1 pm. [Read more…] about Whaling Captains Lecture in Southampton
Bill Miller, knwon as “Mr. Ocean Liner,” is set to give a talk, Floating Palaces: The Great Atlantic Liners, on Thursday, January 30th, from 6 to 8 pm, at the National Lighthouse Museum in Staten Island.
Ocean Liners were the mechanic marvels of their time, with their top deck suites and salons to lower-deck steerage, the race for speed, the lavish interiors and soldiers onboard during wartime. [Read more…] about Great Atlantic Liners Talk in Staten Island
The Oyster Bay Historical Society has announced a staged reading of “Salt Water People” by American Lore Theater has been set for Sunday, November 3rd, at 2 pm. This event is part of the Waterfront Heroes exhibit, celebrating those who preserve New York’s maritime heritage.
The play, by Jake Rosenberg, loosely based on Peter Matthiessen’s book, Men’s Lives, focuses on the plight of the Baymen of Long Island, and of the Bonackers, descendants of one of the oldest European settlers on Long Island, and their unique and rapidly fading American English dialect. [Read more…] about ‘Salt Water People’ Explores Baymen’s Lives on Long Island
Experts from the Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston will be the featured speakers for the annual meeting of the Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands on Sunday afternoon, October 20 at 2 pm at the organization’s headquarters, 189 Montgomery Street.
Inside the old Crawford House where a local 19th century ship captain, David Crawford, once watched the approaching weather from his portico overlooking the Hudson River, members and guests will come to understand the timeline of local weather fronts and climate changes through the decades. [Read more…] about Hudson Valley Climate History at Capt Crawford’s, Newburgh
This collection of applications to the Commissioners of the New York State Land Office, later the Division of Land Utilization, for grants to lands under water is located at the New York State Archives. [Read more…] about Featured Collection: NYS Underwater Land Records
Arthur B. Cohn is set to present “What Lies Beneath: Stories from Seneca Lake” at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site on Tuesday, September 24th at 6:30 pm.
The talk will focus on the first two seasons of the Seneca Lake survey and the significant shipwreck discoveries that will add to the understanding of the canal era when horses and mules walked the towpath. Cohn will also outline the history of the Seneca Lake region and, based on his four decades of Lake Champlain experience, the logical expectation that shipwrecks would be present. [Read more…] about Seneca Lake Shipwrecks Program Planned
General George Washington, Governor George Clinton and Lord Stirling all knew about Anthony’s Nose. Not because it was part of someone’s anatomy, but because it was a prominent feature along the Hudson River, the highest place in Westchester County. Anthony’s Nose resembles a person’s nose when viewed in profile from the Hudson River, and so was a well known landmark.
Anthony’s Nose was also strategically important. [Read more…] about Hudson River Chain, Anthony’s Nose, and the American Revolution
The National Lighthouse Museum’s Great Staten Island Lighthouse Boat Tour has been set for Sunday, September 15th, from 11 am to 2 pm. The tour will encircle Staten Island, looking at critical points of maritime interest and the historically rich Shooters, Prall, Hoffman and Swineburn Islands. [Read more…] about Great Staten Island Lighthouse History Boat Tour
Charles Breiner of Claryville is set to give a talk on the Spanish-American War on Sunday, August 11 at 2 pm, at the Time and the Valleys Museum on St. Rt. 55 in Grahamsville, Sullivan County, NY.
Breiner will explain the role of Theodore Roosevelt before and during the war, why the battleship USS Oregon captured headlines for 67 days, and discuss some of the unintended consequences of the war that lasted well into the twentieth century. [Read more…] about Spanish-American War Talk in the Catskills