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Did you ever imagine polygamy would become so…topical? Confession time: I have never seen any of the TV shows that have sprung up on this topic. The few books I have read on the subject left me with a decidedly dim view of polygamy. While I...
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...


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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
Slideshow:
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.
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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.

Preview: We Are From Akwesasne

A new interactive traveling exhibit of Mohawk art, artifacts, songs, stories, beliefs and craftmanship opens this weekend at the Seaway Trail Discovery Center in Sackets Harbor. We Are From Akwesasne offers a visual, listening and hands-on experience of Akwesasne artistic and cultural heritage. Exhibit curator and Akwsasne Museum program coordinator Sue Ellen Herne told Todd Moe that the principal advisors for creating the new exhibit were youth from Akwesasne.  Go to full article
Mural of M3 medium tank with blinding carbon lamp as tested at Camp Bouse AZ. Source: Tanks: Armoured Warfare Prior to 1946 website

Heard up North: The Secret "Gizmo" of WWII

It was known as "The Gizmo." After the building of the atomic bombs, it may have been the next best-kept secret of World War Two. During the war, the U-S Army mounted 13-million candlepower carbon lamps on some of its tanks. The idea was to use the bright lights to blind the enemy during night attacks by ground troops. The Army dispatched soldiers to a base in the Arizona desert to test the device. Harold Kelly was one of those soldiers. After more than 60 years, Kelly and other veterans of the top-secret experiment have only recently broken their silence. The 82-year-old retiree from Clifton Park spoke with Gregory Warner. The Gizmo was never used for its original purpose. Instead, it was used to illuminate river crossings.  Go to full article

Heard up North: Pronouncing Theresa (The Town)

Tuesday on All Before Five we ran a story about a mom-and-pop grocery called the Pantry, closing down because of competition from a new WalMart 10 minutes away. The story ran again yesterday morning on The 8 O'Clock Hour. And that's when we got an email. Mark Scarlett, a listener from Rossie, said that he thought we'd pronounced the name of the town wrong. Gregory Warner called Mark Scarlett. Then he called Kim Delles, Theresa town clerk.  Go to full article
Author Jennifer Donnelly

A Northern Light Author Returns to Her Roots

North Country Reads is a region-wide project focusing this year on Jennifer Donnelly's book, A Northern Light. Next week, Jennifer Donnelly will make several...  Go to full article
One of the 5,500 sap buckets at Yancey's Sugarbush near Croghan.

Croghan Crazy about Maple Syrup

It's a busy week for New York's maple syrup producers. In 2005, they made more than 222,000 gallons of syrup according to the New York Agricultural Statistics Service. ...  Go to full article

Books: Logging Railroads of the Adirondacks

The late 19th century marked the romantic era of steam power and train travel. And the rails reached deep into the Adirondack woods. Bill Gove, a retired forester who lives...  Go to full article

Books: Grace Brown's Love Letters

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Chester Gillette-Grace Brown murder case. The 1906 murder of Grace Brown on Big Moose Lake shocked the nation and is a big part...  Go to full article
Canadian War Museum (CWM)

War Museum Asks Painful Questions

Earlier in this hour, we heard a discussion of Canada's increasingly risky military role in Afghanistan. Last spring, Canada unveiled a new national war museum in Ottawa. ...  Go to full article
Lee Knight and his fretless 5-string banjo

Preview: Traditional Adirondack Music in Lake Placid Sunday

The Adirondack Museum's "Cabin Fever Sundays" program continues at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts this Sunday afternoon (1:30). Museum Educator Christine Campeau will...  Go to full article
Author Nelly Maude Case and cunductor Brock McElheran

Call-in Special: A Conversation with Crane Conductor Brock McElheran

A conversation about the life and work of renowned Crane conductor Brock McElheran. A new biography, Worry Early, written by Crane faculty member Nellie Maude Case,...  Go to full article

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