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Civil War era explosives wash up near Albany, detonated in quarry

SOUTH GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (AP) Civil War-era military explosives that washed up on the bank of the Hudson River near Albany have been detonated in an upstate quarry.  Go to full article
Annie, Mary, and Sarah Brown, ca. 1851. Photo: Library of Congress<br />
Annie, Mary, and Sarah Brown, ca. 1851. Photo: Library of Congress

Women and abolition the focus of lecture in Lake Placid on Saturday

The women in John Brown's family will be the focus of a lecture at the John Brown Day event in Lake Placid on Saturday. John Brown, the famous abolitionist, was convicted of treason and hanged for leading the raid on Harper's Ferry. He's buried on his family's farm in North Elba.

In 1849, he moved to a farm in the Adirondacks to lead freed slaves in farming. Each year, the non-profit organization, "John Brown Lives!" sponsors a series of lectures, workshops and a commemoration of John Brown's work to end slavery.

Todd Moe talks with historian Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz, who has written a book about the work of Mary, Brown's wife, and his daughters, Ruth and Annie, on behalf of the anti-slavery movement in the 19th century.

Laughlin-Schultz will lead a workshop for teachers on Saturday morning, and be part of a panel of historians talking about women and abolition. She's the author of the book, "The Tie That Bound Us: The Women of John Brown's Family and the Legacy of Radical Abolitionism."  Go to full article
Battle of the Wilderness. Print: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Battle_of_the_Wilderness.png">Library of Congress</a>, public domain
Battle of the Wilderness. Print: Library of Congress, public domain

Vermont to mark Civil War battle with church bells

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Church bells across Vermont will be ringing to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War Battle of the Wilderness.

The Vermont House passed a resolution urging bells to be rung for 10 minutes beginning at 4 p.m. on Monday to mark the moment on May 5, 1864 when Vermont soldiers were ordered into battle at a critical crossroads at what is now the Wilderness battlefield in Virginia.  Go to full article
Historical marker for the Elmira Prison Camp. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/7174327@N06/1975439105/in/photolist-41yAXg-41yDdV">stevehager</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Historical marker for the Elmira Prison Camp. Photo: stevehager, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY Civil War prison camp building to be rebuilt

ELMIRA, N.Y. (AP) A building from a former Civil War prison camp in Elmira is going to be reconstructed at the original site of the camp, with plans to open it as a museum site.

John Trice of Friends of the Elmira Civil War Prison Camp tells the Elmira Star Gazette construction work is targeted for completion in early July.  Go to full article
Lonel Woods and Julie Miller, faculty members at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, will perform songs from the Civil War on Saturday night in Dekalb Junction.  Photo:  Todd Moe
Lonel Woods and Julie Miller, faculty members at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, will perform songs from the Civil War on Saturday night in Dekalb Junction. Photo: Todd Moe

Remembering the canons, not cannons, of the Civil War

The music of the Civil War era is more than marches and bugle calls. Baritone Lonel Woods and pianist Julie Miller will perform songs from the Civil War at the Meeting House Museum in Dekalb Junction, south of Canton, Saturday night (7 pm).

Todd Moe caught up with Woods and Miller during a rehearsal this week to talk about the wide variety of songs written and performed on the battlefield and at home in the mid-1860's -- music that was popular in the north and the south. Woods says those songs ranged from hymns and spirituals to parlor songs and political propaganda.  Go to full article
One of Dennis Barr's photos from the 150th Civil War reenactment at Gettysburg.
One of Dennis Barr's photos from the 150th Civil War reenactment at Gettysburg.

Photo exhibit features Gettysburg's 150th, historic Canton

Canton photographer Dennis Barr spent time this summer at the 150th Civil War reenactment at Gettysburg. He took thousands of photos and is sharing some of them in an exhibit that opens tonight at 7 pm at Creative Spirit Gallery in Potsdam. The show also includes historic photos of Canton recently restored from glass plate negatives.  Go to full article
Betty Dochstader and Maria Hull are organizing a Civil War fashion show in Massena on Saturday.
Betty Dochstader and Maria Hull are organizing a Civil War fashion show in Massena on Saturday.

Serious about Civil War fashion: don't call them costumes

Civil War re-enactors from around the region will gather at Robert Moses State Park in Massena this weekend. But it isn't all cannons and uniforms. The many layers of a 19th century woman will be revealed as part of a fashion show on Saturday afternoon.

Todd Moe spoke with Maria Hull during last summer's annual Civil War Reenactment Weekend. She's a technology teacher in the Hudson Valley, who is also a Civil War re-enactor. Women's fashions from that era were all about making the waist appear small. Hull says hoop skirts, petticoats and full sleeves helped. She studied theater arts in college, makes her own Civil War era dresses and is an expert on women's fashions from the 1860s.  Go to full article
Harriet Tubman in the 1880s
Harriet Tubman in the 1880s

Remembering an Underground Railroad icon

Todd Moe talks with Syracuse University historian Milton Sernett, an expert on African American history. He'll give two talks in Canton on Thursday on Harriet Tubman, and the Underground Railroad in northern New York. Todd talks with him about how Tubman became the dominant symbol of the Underground Railroad and is still an inspiration today for many Americans.  Go to full article
Betty Dochstader and Maria Hull helped organize a Civil War fashion show in Massena.
Betty Dochstader and Maria Hull helped organize a Civil War fashion show in Massena.

Serious about Civil War fashions: don't call them costumes

Historic and re-enactment groups around the region are commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War this year. But it isn't all cannons and uniforms. The many layers of a 19th century woman were revealed as part of a fashion show in Massena recently.

Todd Moe talks with Maria Hull, a technology teacher in the Hudson Valley, who is also a Civil War re-enactor. Women's fashions from that era were all about making the waist appear small. Hull says hoop skirts, petticoats and full sleeves helped. She studied theater arts in college, makes her own Civil War era dresses and is an expert on women's fashions from the 1860s.  Go to full article

Preview: "Johnsburg Goes to War"

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. Commemorative events are being held throughout the Northeast, including small towns. North Creek's Civil War weekend begins this Friday and will include lectures, historic photo displays and re-enactors in period uniforms. Todd Moe talks author and local historian Glenn Pearsall about the sacrifices Adirondack families made in the war. Pearsall says small towns, like North Creek and Johnsburg lost many of their young men in battle.  Go to full article

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