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Therese Whittaker and Christine Nicholson, <i>The Sisters of Perpetual Needling</i>, will be working a Regency era design on a traditional quilting frame this weekend in Ogdensburg as part of the Heritage Talks event at the Freight House restaurant.  Photo:  Todd Moe
Therese Whittaker and Christine Nicholson, The Sisters of Perpetual Needling, will be working a Regency era design on a traditional quilting frame this weekend in Ogdensburg as part of the Heritage Talks event at the Freight House restaurant. Photo: Todd Moe

Ogdensburg explores War of 1812 history, heroes and everyday life

Battle reenactments, tours, exhibits and other events are set for this year's commemoration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812. The U.S. and Britain fought some of the war's bloodiest battles two centuries ago this year in Ontario and parts of upstate New York from Lake Ontario to Lake Champlain.

This weekend, the Fort La Presentation Association in Ogdensburg presents its annual War of 1812 Heritage Talks at the Freight House restaurant. Todd Moe spoke with historian and organizer Michael Whittaker, who says it's two days of traditional music and a slate of speakers and exhibits.  Go to full article
Plan of Fort Dayton, also known as Fort Herkimer, from a map first published in 1851. Public domain.

Dig planned at site of NY Revolutionary War fort

HERKIMER, N.Y. (AP) An archaeological dig is planned for later this spring at the Mohawk Valley site of a Revolutionary War fort that played a role in one of the conflict's bloodiest battles.

The Observer-Dispatch of Utica reports that the excavations will start May 31 at the Herkimer County Historical Society, former site of Fort Dayton.

Built in 1776, Fort Dayton was one of several fortifications constructed by the Continental Army along the Mohawk River. In August 1777, Gen. Nicholas Herkimer and hundreds of American militiamen set out for the relief of nearby Fort Stanwix in present-day Rome.  Go to full article
The six nations of the Iroquois Confederacy c. 1720. Graphic: <a href="">Nonenmacher</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Onondaga land claim will go to OAS human rights commission

The Onondaga Indian Nation has brought its decade old land claim case to an international human rights commission.

A lawsuit first filed in 2005 argues land was illegally taken from the Onondagas in the 18th and 19th centuries. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal in October.  Go to full article
Historical Dutch map showing the Albany area.

Historians debate location of early Dutch settlement in Albany

The Port of Albany has been the focus of a lot of attention lately because of community debate over the location of a proposed crude oil processing plant.

But...  Go to full article
Adirondack Museum curator Laura Rice holding the "schuetzen" target rifle. Photo: Andy Flynn

In the Adirondack Attic: Schuetzen target rifle

The Adirondack Attick's Andy Flynn unearths a target rifle from the Loon Lake area in Warren County. Laura Rice, the chief curator of the Adirondack Museum, talks with Andy...  Go to full article
USS Slater Photo: <a href="">Michael Sheehan </a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Albany's WWII ship heads down Hudson for repairs

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) With the ice finally off the Hudson River, an Albany-based World War II warship has headed south to Staten Island for repairs.

The destroyer...  Go to full article
Aaron Hinton, outside his building in Brownsville, Brooklyn. He calls the war on drugs "the war on the poor." Photo: Natasha Haverty

What if 10 percent of your neighbors went to prison downstate?

The North Country has more than a dozen state and federal prisons, housing thousands of inmates. It turns out a lot of those inmates come from just a few neighborhoods, and...  Go to full article
The Adirondack Museum has three wooden crates full of antique soda bottles from the Riverside Bottling Works in Warren County.  Photo: Andy Flynn

Listen: Soda bottles trace a Warren County story

In the Adirondack Attic series, with Andy Flynn, NCPR is collaborating with Andy and his sources at the Adirondack Museum and other historical associations and museums in the...  Go to full article
The Washington County home of Asa Fitch Jr., an entomologist in the 1800s, has been proposed for listing on the historic register.  Photo: <a href="">unknown</a>, public domain

Five North Country properties proposed for historic recognition

A state board is recommending that 21 new properties across New York be added to the register of state and national historic places.

The designation is designed to...  Go to full article
World War 2 C-47 Transport Plane Photo: <a href="">Masm</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

WWII troop transport plane will return to Normandy

GENESEO, N.Y. (AP) Seventy years after taking part in D-Day, an American transport plane now housed in western New York is being prepared to recreate its role in the...  Go to full article

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