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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...
After 15 years of detailed work, researchers have unveiled a unique new Atlas of Canada’s Far North. Pan Inuit Trails, documents and maps traditional place names and travel routes over land and sea. Last week’s release may seem to...
This past Monday the Canadian government announced its pick for the design of a planned National Holocaust Monument, scheduled to open in the fall of 2015. As reported by Tom Spears in the Ottawa Citizen, …the monument is a gaunt...


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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.
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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.

Looking for the North Country: How do we create a sense of place? Call-in #3

We continue our series of five radio call-in conversations about the place, the people, the history and the local culture we call North Country. Tonight we explore the question: How do we create a sense of place?--and look at the oral and written traditions, and musical heritage of the region. In the studio are series host NCPR news director Martha Foley, TAUNY executive director Varick Chittenden, Doug Welch, a book collector, bibliographer, and librarian at Canton College, and writer Chris Angus of Canton. Joining them by phone from WAMC in Albany are folklorist Vaughan Ward, director of the Black Crow network, a regional cultural services group, and Vaughan's husband, George, who's also a folklorist, as well a collector and performer of regional traditional music.  Go to full article

Looking for the North Country: Latter-Day Homesteaders

From 1970 to 1980 the population of St. Lawrence County grew by more than 2,000 people. It's hard to say by just reading the Census Bureau figures how many of those were latter-day homesteaders. But in one neighborhood in Rossie, in the southern part of the county, plenty were. Two hundred new people moved to Rossie during the '70s. Many were part of a tight-knit community that included John and Liz Scarlett. Jody Tosti visits this one couple who came back to the land, and stayed.  Go to full article

Looking for the North Country: Who is the North Country? Call-in #2

Tonight we continue our series of five radio conversations about the place, the people, the history and the local culture we call North Country. Tonight we explore the question: Who is the North Country? In the studio are series host NCPR news director Martha Foley, TAUNY executive director Varick Chittenden, who first proposed we ask our questions about regional identity and sense of place. Susan Ouilette, a historian, native of the Champlain Valley and a teacher at St. Michael's College in Vermont, Laurie Rush, cultural anthropologist based along the St. Lawrence River in Clayton, and Amy Godine, a journalist and freelance writer who has written extensively about the ethnic history of the Adirondack-North Country.  Go to full article

Looking for the North Country: Where is the North Country? Call-in #1

The first in a series of five radio call-in conversations about the place, the people, the history and the local culture we call North Country. The programs are produced in...  Go to full article

Looking for the North Country: Some nutshell views

NCPR and TAUNY, Traditional Arts of Upstate New York, spent October 2000 exploring the place, the people and the culture we call the North Country. The idea was to use the...  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Altar / Rosary Society of St. Anthony's Church, Watertown

Generations of women have been responsible for the perpetuation of religious and ethnic customs among Watertown's Italian Americans. Ida Jane Alteri recalls the procession...  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Ray Fadden, Mohawk Elder, Onchiota

In the 1940s, Ray Fadden [Tehanetorens] began to teach young Mohawks about their own culture. With a group of young men from the reservation, he traveled to collect...  Go to full article

How Hermit Thrush Got His Song

Ray Fadden (Tehanetorens), Mohawk Elder and educator of Onchiota NY, tells the traditional story "How Hermit Thrush Got His Song."  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Alice Clemens, Fiddler & Music Historian, Osceola

Alice Clemens of Osceola started fiddling at the age of seven, learning dance tunes from her uncle, Art Colvin. For most of her life, she has played for parties and country...  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Edith Cutting, Folklore Collector, Westport

Edith E. Cutting--teacher, author and folklorist--was born in the Essex County town of Lewis, on a small family farm. Encouraged by her college mentor, she interviewed her...  Go to full article

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