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For 9 years running, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has spent part of his summers touring Canada’s Arctic regions, including this year’s Operation Nanook 14. He goes to wave the flag and bolster territorial claims in the area. He...
What rules are reasonable to protect limited tribal resources? How does who one marries affect cultural integrity? Like many other specific groups, the Kahnawake Mohawk community on Montréal’s south shore is struggling with those...
I’m not sure how often big structures get blown up in this region, or if that’s the sort of thing you’ll go out of your way to watch. But if explosive change strikes you as a marvel of ingenuity, than Ottawa’s Central...
Canada’s 147th “birthday” was a hot one. So when I saw that Oxford Mills was hosting their small-town celebration at Maplewood Park, I knew where I wanted to be. It was sweet. Free music under stately maples, thick...
  A really big case was decided by Canada’s Supreme Court on Thursday. How big? Well, most news coverage is using words like “historic precedent”, “landmark” and “game changer”. First Nation leaders are...


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The Adirondack Attic
Andy Flynn uses the objects people make, use, and leave behind to tell stories about the life and times of the region.
Audio Series
StoryCorps in the North Country: North Country residents have shared their stories with this national oral history project during visits to the region in 2006 and in 2008.
Masons
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Upper Canada Village welcomes addition
Lucy Martin reports on the newest addition to Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg, Ontario--the Ancient Brethren Lodge.
Watson's Mill
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Old mill requires old skills
Lucy Martin returns to Watson's Mill in Manotick, Ontario to see how old millstones can be made new again, and learn about other vanishings arts of the miller's trade.
Stoddard photo
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Anique North Country Postcards
Jon Kopp, a former state forester who owns an antique store in Tupper Lake, has set out to collect thousands of vintage North Country postcards. He shares his collection with Brian Mann.
Country Schoolhouse
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No Bigger Than a Piano Box: a North Country Schoolhouse in 1893
By historian Betsy Kepes. Based on the 1893 diary of a North Country schoolteacher. A Women's History Month special. Teacher's guide and CD available.
Lock Wheel
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Canada's Rideau Canal hits 175th anniversary
The Rideau Canal is a manmade waterway connecting Kingston to Ottawa. Lucy Martin was in scenic Merrickville for one of the year’s many 175th anniversary celebrations.
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Volunteers keep Watson's Mill alive
Watson's Mill opened for business in 1860 on the Rideau River in Manotick. It comes alive in the summer — full of the noise of water, turbines, grindstones, and people. Lucy Martin followed two modern enthusiasts who help keep it all turning.
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Mining in Lyon Mountain
Brian Mann talks with author Lawrence Gooley about the hard and dangerous history of mining at Lyon Mountain.
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Flower Library Gets Facelift
Todd Moe tours an Art Nouveau gem, Flower Memorial Library in Watertown, as it undergoes renovation in its centennial year.
La Duchesse
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Aboad La Duchesse in Clayton
La Duchesse is a 110-foot Gilded Age treasure that's become the crown jewel of the Antique Boat Museum's collection in Clayton. Todd Moe tours the historic houseboat.
Audio Slideshow
King's Garden at Ft. Ticonderoga
1920s landscape architect Marion Coffin designed a pleasure garden for the Pell family's summer home, the Pavillion, at Fort Ticonderoga. It was neglected and almost forgotten until, about ten years ago, workers began to restore the garden to Coffin's plan. Todd Moe takes a tour.
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A Look Inside Temple Beth Joseph, Tupper Lake
Beth Joseph Synagogue in Tupper Lake is the oldest synagogue in the Adirondacks. Built in 1905, its origins stem from the late 1800s, when Jewish immigrants from Russia and eastern Europe arrived in America. It had been closed up for decades when a summer resident asked to take a look inside. What she found was a national treasure.
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Audio Slideshow
St. William's on Long Point
In the late 1800s, St. William's was the parish church for Raquette Lake and served many of the Irish and French-Canadian Catholics who were the early pioneers on the Lake. Today, it's a seasonal camp and cultural center, accessible only by boat. Todd Moe visited during restoration work.
The King and Queen
Slideshow
Cape Vincent French Festival 2005
In the early 1600s, French settlers came to the eastern end of Lake Ontario. Much of northern Jefferson County traces descent from them and Cape Vincent holds an annual French Festival to celebrate the heritage. David Sommerstein was on hand and sends this audio postcard.
House of Healing
Audio Slideshow
Saving Sackets Harbor's Historic House of Healing
A group of history buffs wants to restore the old Stone Hospital at Madison Barracks as a military heritage center and cornerstone for restoration work. Todd Moe has more.
Stoddard photo
Audio Slideshow
Following Photographer Seneca Ray Stoddard
In the late 1800s, photographer Seneca Ray Stoddard captured some of the most iconic scenes in north country Now another Glens Falls native, Mark Bowie, has spent two years photographing the exact same scenes.
Farm equipment repair
Slideshow
The School of Agriculture, Canton NY
SUNY Canton started life as The School of Agriculture in 1906. This slideshow is part of a display from the school archives presented at the Third Annual Symposium on Education, Environment and Economic Vitality in April 2005.
Audio Slideshow
A Walking Tour of Sackets Harbor: Battlefield, Bay and Barracks
Todd Moe tours historic Sackets Harbor, one of five villages hosting Seaway Trail Walks this summer.
Photo Audio Essay
Children's Camps in the Adirondacks
The Adirondack Museum opens today for the summer season. A major new exhibition looks at the history of the region's summer camps.
Audio Slideshow
Music Hall Restoration in Heuvelton
A group of residents and historians in Heuvelton is trying to preserve Pickens Hall, one of the oldest buildings in the village. And the building's restoration has sparked a renewed interest in the career of Bessie Abott, a granddaughter of the original owner of Pickens Hall. Bessie took the opera world by storm in the early 1900s. Todd Moe reports.
Audio Slideshow
Napoleon's Brother in the North Country
David Sommerstein visits the historic Benton House in the town of Oxbow in Jefferson County, the former home of Joseph Bonaparte's extramarital daughter.
Photo/Audio Essay
Inside Dark Island's Castle
On the St. Lawrence River near Chippewa Bay, a representative for the buyers of Dark Island and its historic castle gave David Sommerstein a peek of what visitors could see as early as next summer.
Audio Series
Leonora Barry: First Voice for Working Women
North Country Public Radio presents an extraordinary profile of one of the unsung heroes in the history of the struggle for the rights of working women in America.
Audio Series
Ice Storm '98: A Retrospective
This retrospective looks back on Ice Storm '98 through the sounds and stories we all shared during those three weeks of disasterand community.
Don Foote brought the Port Henry Diner, first built in the 1920s, back to life. Photo: Brian Mann
Don Foote brought the Port Henry Diner, first built in the 1920s, back to life. Photo: Brian Mann

This Port Henry diner was a moveable feast

A lot of times when we talk about the North Country's architectural heritage we're talking about great camps in the Adirondacks, or we're celebrating the fabulous brick buildings that anchor our small town main streets.

But in Port Henry, New York, in the Champlain Valley, there's a cool little diner that dates back to the 1920s. It was a mass-produced eatery built in Rochester and shipped to the North Country by rail and then drawn by a team of horses.

For more than half a century the diner has survived, sometimes open for business, sometimes sitting empty.

Now the eatery is back in action and you can often find our Adirondack bureau chief Brian Mann there eating breakfast or lunch.  Go to full article
Reenactors portraying British soldiers advance through the woods at Beekmantown in a 2012 commemoration of the Battle of Plattsburgh. Photo: Sarah Harris

Events mark Battle of Plattsburgh's bicentennial

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) Two weeks of events will lead up to next month's commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Plattsburgh during the War of 1812.

The festivities kick off Friday night with a showing of the silent film "Old Ironsides" at Plattsburgh's Strand Theater.  Go to full article
Slain civil rights worker Andrew Goodman spent summers in Tupper Lake. Photo: public domain

Goodman Mountain in Adirondacks gets new trail

TUPPER LAKE, N.Y. (AP) There is a new path to the summit of Goodman Mountain in the Adirondacks.

The 1.6-mile trail near Tupper Lake was officially opened Tuesday.  Go to full article
Gene Tunney (left) and James J. Jeffery in 1927. <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/boston_public_library/6218199222/">Boston Public Library</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Adirondack village dedicating park to boxing champ

SPECULATOR, N.Y. (AP) A village in the Adirondacks is dedicating a new park to Gene Tunney, the Hall of Fame boxer who trained in the North Country before his two epic bouts...  Go to full article
Saratoga Race Course. <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/durhamd/1075371003">Dustin</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Racetrack celebrating Saratoga Heritage Day

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Saratoga Race Course is celebrating the history and culture of its hometown with a day of activities at the historic track.

The New...  Go to full article
Charles Reed Bishop.

Lake George marker honors famous Hawaii man

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) New York's newest roadside historic marker honors an upstate native who grew up in the Adirondacks and went on to become a prominent figure in Hawaii...  Go to full article
Governor Rockefeller (facing camera) stands beside the Lincoln Continental Lehmann-Peterson limousine in 1967. Photograph courtesy of the New York State Archives.

Cars used by FDR, Rocky on display at State Fair

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Visitors to the New York State Fair can check out a display of two historical vehicles used by Franklin D. Roosevelt and Nelson Rockefeller while they...  Go to full article
Built by Frederick Bourne, Singer Castle on Dark Island was completed in the fall of 1905. Photo: Todd Moe

What's it like to manage a real castle?

One of the must-see historic landmarks on the St. Lawrence River celebrates its tenth anniversary as a tourist destination this summer. Singer Castle on Dark Island was...  Go to full article
Historical Dutch map showing the Albany area.

Historian: Location of 1614 Dutch fort pinpointed

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A historian who found the buried remnants of a Dutch Colonial fort in Albany 45 years ago says he has pinpointed the location of an earlier fortification.  Go to full article
Wellington Annex. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/albany_tim/2975008638/">Newbold Bohemia</a>, Creative COmmons, some rights reserved

Old hotel in downtown Albany to be imploded

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) An old 11-story hotel building near the state Capitol is set to be demolished this week.  Go to full article

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