Olivebridge resident Kate McGloughlin’s family goes back 12 generations in Ulster County, and her maternal ancestors were among the 2,000+ people displaced when the Ashokan Reservoir was constructed between 1907 and 1915. Twelve communities were inundated when a 12-mile stretch of the Esopus Creek was impounded and flooded to provide drinking water for New York City.
Almanac Weekly | History
Sunday, Nov. 3: Even if Frances Perkins hadn’t been the first woman ever to serve in a US presidential cabinet, or the longest-serving Secretary of Labor ever (12 years), she would still deserve a shining place in 20th-century history. She was a suffragist, worked with Jane Addams as a Hull House volunteer, advocated passionately for female workers after witnessing the horrific Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in 1911, became the highest-paid woman in New York State government as Industrial Commissioner, taught Sociology at Adelphi University, fought against child labor and for unemployment and a minimum wage – all before she even joined the FDR administration.
The custom of scaring people by carrying a lit candle inside a hollowed-out vegetable is far older than Colonial America.
There’s scarcely an American left alive today who remembers the days when treats weren’t the primary focus of the practice.
Friday-Saturday, October 18-19. While a reenactment of the Redcoats’ landing and skirmish with the local militia at Kingston Point won’t be happening this year, some new features have been added to the semiannual commemoration of the disastrous sequence of events in 1777, when British forces took over the city, setting buildings afire as they moved from east to west.
Friday-Sunday, Oct. 11-13: The bust, designed by Czech sculptor Marie Seborova, was commissioned and donated by Art for Amnesty founder Bill Shipsey in recognition of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights’s 70th anniversary. Identical busts have been placed in sites of significance around the world: France, Italy, the Netherlands, Slovenia and at Columbia Law School.
Saturday, Sept. 21: Historic Huguenot Street’s largest event on indigenous history and culture to date, the program highlights the efforts and accomplishments of Chief Hendrick Aupaumut in particular.
Saturday, Sept. 21: It was Winston Churchill who, in a 1946 speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, coined the term “Iron Curtain” to characterize the growing divide between the capitalist and communist wings of the World War II Allies. Churchill’s granddaughter, the noted artist Edwina Sandys, MBE, has called the Berlin Wall “the physical embodiment of the Iron Curtain.” After the Wall was dismantled in 1989, the reunited German government gave Sandys her pick of eight of its concrete panels to use as a medium for her art.
Saturday, August 24 : There will be two vintage base ball (yes, two words) games between the Mountain Athletic Club of Fleischmanns and the Atlantic Base Ball Club of Brooklyn at the Grahamsville Fairgrounds. The first game will be played by the rules in effect in 1864, and the second game will be played by rules from 1895.
Her figure will be added to a previously planned sculpture of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.