When the US entered World War II, 50,000 Coast Guard Auxiliary members joined the war effort as military teams. Many of their private vessels were placed into service in an effort to protect the U.S. There are presently 26,000 members who work by sea and air to ensure the public’s safety.
During the American Revolution (from July 6 until August 18, 1781), the Odell House in the present Westchester County hamlet of Hartsdale served as the headquarters of Marshal Jean-Baptiste Donatien d e Vimeur (comte de Rochambeau).
Nearby fields and hills in the current Town of Greenburgh accommodated approximately 6,000 soldiers in the French expeditionary forces under his command. [Read more…] about Revolutionary War Farmhouse Will Be Preserved
Columbus brought syphilis from the New World to Europe. The first record of an outbreak of the infection dates from 1494/5 in the aftermath of the French invasion of Naples (where it became known as the ‘French disease’).
By the late nineteenth century, syphilis was alluded to as an artist’s affliction as it had struck an alphabet of creative individuals, including Baudelaire, Delius, Donizetti, Gauguin, Heine, Keats, Manet, De Maupassant, Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, Schubert, Smetana, Tolstoy, and Van Gogh.
Medical practitioners talked mutedly of an emerging health crisis, but their warnings ignored, an epidemic of sexually transmitted disease during the global Great War caused panic. [Read more…] about When Condoms Were Avant-Garde: A History
The Fort Plain Museum is set to hold their Annual American Revolution Mohawk Valley Conference on June 11 – 14, 2020, at the Fulton-Montgomery Community College. [Read more…] about American Revolution Mohawk Valley Conference Set
Controversy has developed involving American Revolution advocate Thomas Paine and neglect of historic sites dedicated to Paine’s memory in New Rochelle in Westchester County. This week on The Historians Podcast, New Rochelle resident and historian Jim Kaplan explains the issue. Kaplan was author of an essay on the subject in the New York History Blog. [Read more…] about Controversy Over New Rochelle’s Thomas Paine Sites
The answer to this question depends on whether you explore the views of a British imperial officer, such as the King of England, or a colonist who lived in one of the North American or Caribbean colonies.
The Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site is set to host the annual War of 1812 North American Grand Tactical on Saturday and Sunday, July 25-26.
Participants include hundreds of War of 1812 re-enactors, a dozen watercraft, musicians & dancers, living history specialists, and War of 1812 historians and authors. [Read more…] about Sackets Harbor War of 1812 Grand Tactical
Preservation Long Island has announced The Jupiter Hammon Project, an initiative that aims to expand interpretive and educational programming at the Joseph Lloyd Manor, an 18th-century Long Island manor house owned and operated by Preservation Long Island (PLI). [Read more…] about Jupiter Hammon Project Reflects Long Island Slavery
This week on The Historians Podcast, Malta town historian Paul Perreault has the story of a famous drawing of Andersonville Prison in Georgia done by a Union prisoner, Thomas O’Dea. Perreault also has an account of the Saratoga Battlefield and the story of a fighting chaplain in World War I, Reverend Francis Kelly. [Read more…] about A Famous Drawing Of An Infamous Prison
King Philip’s War (also known by other names) took place in 1675–1678, mostly between native inhabitants of New England and New England Colonists.
The conflict was one of the greatest calamities of seventeenth century New England and extraordinarily violent. For example, after being defeated, native leader Metacomet was killed, his corpse beheaded, and then drawn and quartered – his head was displayed in Plymouth for more than 20 years. His son was among those enslaved and transported to Bermuda. [Read more…] about King Philip’s War & Violence Talk in Albany