Thursday, October 6, 2016

Stories from the Attic: Elkanah Watson House

On a bluff overlooking Lake Champlain at Port Kent, Revolutionary War patriot, entrepreneur and agricultural fair promoter Elkanah Watson built a home in 1828. I recently visited Watson's home and grave with Adirondack Architectural Heritage Executive Director Steven Engelhart, who told me the story about this fascinating man.

Listen to the story here.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

New York's Attic: Antique appraisals at the Lake Placid train station

In this month's podcast of New York's Attic, professional appraiser Ted Comstock helped with a fundraiser that resembled the “Antiques Roadshow,” offering appraisal services free of charge while the public brought in antiques from home, hoping that their objects may be worth a lot of money. Even though it rarely works out that way, Comstock is sometimes surprised by what comes through the door.

On Aug. 13, Comstock volunteered his appraisal services at the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society’s Heritage Day, held at The History Museum in the Lake Placid train station. During the event, Lake Placid's Doug Hoffman learned about his cookie jar and Edison battery.

Listen to the podcast here.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Stories from the Attic

In 2017, I will be entering my 15th season with the Adirondack Attic History Project, which started in 2003 with the "Adirondack Attic" newspaper columns, then the book series in 2004 and the radio show on North Country Public Radio in 2010. Plus, I've spent all that time traveling around New York state telling stories about Adirondack history based on the artifacts I've found.

If there is a demand -- and I think there is -- I hope to share even more "Stories from the Attic" in the future, not just from the Adirondack Park but from around the U.S.

There are endless stories to be told and plenty of museums and historic sites to explore. I hope our 15th year is a turning point, bringing back the newspaper column and expanding the 5-minute radio program to new markets. If all goes well.

Using the "Adirondack Attic" program about Fort Ticonderoga's silver bullet, which first aired in 2010, here's what it would sound like.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Dan & Andy show Aug. 25 in Raquette Lake

For those planning on attending the St. Williams on Long Point lecture on Thursday, Aug. 25, remember that the program will be held at the Raquette Lake School starting at 7 p.m.

This is the first and only "Adirondack Attic Musical History Tour" program this year with singer-songwriter Dan Berggren and author Andy Flynn.

The "Adirondack Attic Musical History Tour" vibrantly brings history to life. This special presentation mixes folk songs with stories and images from the archives of the Adirondack Museum.

The program has something for everyone, whether you are a lifelong Adirondacker or a visitor from outside the area interested in the history and time honored traditions that make up the Adirondack story.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Adirondack Attic: Catholic Summer School of America

I really enjoyed visiting the Clinton County Historical Association and Museum earlier this month to learn about the Catholic Summer School of America, which was in operation south of Plattsburgh on Lake Champlain from the mid-1890s to 1940.

Thanks to museum director Melissa Peck and volunteer Roger Black for their hospitality.

My Adirondack Attic program on the museum's display was aired Aug. 9 on North Country Public Radio. Listen to the program here.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Adirondack Attic: Six Nations Indian Museum

I recently had a wonderful visit with John Fadden at the Six Nations Indian Museum in Onchiota. For my July edition of the Adirondack Attic program on North Country Public Radio. John told me about the many beaded record belts his father, Ray Fadden, made to help tell stories from Iroquois lore. Ray was an educator and opened the museum in the summer of 1954. He was also a 1934 graduate of the Fredonia Normal School, long before I graduated from SUNY Fredonia in 1991. His beaded belts have been placed on the walls of this tiny museum.

Listen to part of the interview with John Fadden.