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Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Save Our Seaport invites the public to its sixth Town Meeting
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 6:30-7:30PM
St. Margaret’s House Conference Room
49 Fulton Street
Guest Speakers include:
Roland Lewis, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance
Victor Papa, Two Bridges Neighborhood Council
After the speakers there will be a brief question and answer period with open discussion, followed by a walk through the South Street Historic District.
Save Our Seaport is hosting a series of Town Meetings to talk and walk about New York’s South Street Seaport Historic District.
Developing and preserving the NY South Street Seaport Historic District is a two-fold challenge. It requires a responsible development plan which guarantees the economic viability of the District while also maintaining, preserving and celebrating the historic importance of this integral part of our city’s history.
SOS invites the public —New Yorkers and visitors to our city alike—to examine development that preserves the view of the iconic Brooklyn Bridge and the Tall Ships; re-establishes the vibrancy and color of the Seaport District; fully engages the educational work of the South Street Seaport Museum, maintains ties to an active waterfront, and locates a world class food mecca in the New Amsterdam Market.

Sunday, August 17, 2014


Mar 5
The Madison County  town of Brookfield is formed from the Oneida County town of Paris.    
Mar 17
The Albany County own of  Bern is formed out of Rensselaerville and named for the first settler and mill oner Jacob Weidman's birthplace in Switzerland.    **    The Columbia County town of Chatham is formed from Canaan and Kinderhook.

Apr 3
Connecticut native Elihu Phinney begins publishing Otsego County's first newspaper, the Herald and Western Advertiser, at Cooperstown.
Apr 6
Schoharie County is carved out of Albany and Otsego counties.
Apr 9
The New York State Legislature passes "An act for the encouragement of schools". $50,000 annually is appropriated for the next five years, to establish and support common schools.

May 24
Future governor Silas Wright is born to Samuel Silas and Eleanor Goodale Wright, in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Utica's Jason Parker begins advertising stage mail and passenger service, starting next month, between Whitestown and Canajoharie.    **    Lansingburgh Recorder publishers George Gardner and James Hill move to Troy.

Nov 2
The Holland Land Company purchases a Utica lot near the downtown Square and Whitesboro Street, future site of the York House hotel.

Dec 14
Engineer John Bloomfield Jarvis is born in Huntington, Long Island.

Dec 16
Schoharie County officials first meet at the village of Schoharie, decide to build the county courthouse two mile to the west.

New York State
Area pioneer Israel Stone dies and is believed to be buried in Washington County, N.Y. though the location is unconfirmed.    **    Schenectady's Union College is founded.    **   A portion of Schoharie County is formed from Albany County.    **    The Lansingburgh Recorder's publishers  Gardner and Hill leave the  state and the paper closes by the end of the year.    **    Natutralist Amos Eaton enters Williams College, in Massachusetts.    **    Suffolk County lawyer Silas Wood enters the State Legislature.    **    Judge William Cooper of Cooperstown is elected to Congress.    **    Former Oneida County  resident Benjamin Cleveland pioneers Chenango County's village of German.     **    $600 is added to the building fund for courthouse and jail near Ballston Spa.    **    Samuel Leis' state map is published.    **    Herkimer County's German Flats contains 40 homes and a Dutch Reformed Church.    

Utica, NY
Carpenter and builder Apollos Cooper settles at Utica. He will build a bridge across the Mohawk, just to the north of the future Bagg's Square.    **    The Western Sentinel newspaper begins publication in Whitesboro, near Utica.    **   Blacksmith Moses Bagg replaces his shop with a two-story wooden building, creating a tavern.

© 2014    David Minor / Eagles Byte

Monday, August 11, 2014


Save Our Seaport invites the public to its fifth Town Meeting
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 6:30-7:30PM
Southbridge Towers Community Room
Guest Speakers include:
Maureen Koetz, Environmental Law Attorney
Joanne Gorman, Southbridge Towers resident, SOS Activist
Bridget Schuy, Realty Specialist Lower Manhattan
After the speakers there will be a brief question and answer period with open discussion, followed by a walk through the South Street Historic District.

Friday, August 8, 2014

The Search for the Underground Railroad in Upstate New York
Thursday, August 14th
6:30 p.m.
Old County Courthouse, Fonda, N.Y.
        Please join us on Thursday, August 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Montgomery Countys Old Courthouse on 9 Park Street in Fonda, NY  for author Tom Calarco’s presentation and book signing on a fascinating piece of local history the Underground Railroad.

The Program on August 14

Because of its clandestine nature, much of the history of the Underground Railroad remains shrouded in secrecy--so much so that some historians have even doubted its importance. After decades of research, Tom Calarco recounts his experiences compiling evidence to give credence to the legend's oral history in upstate New York. As the Civil War loomed and politicians from the North and South debated the fate of slavery, brave New Yorkers risked their lives to help fugitive slaves escape bondage. Whites and blacks alike worked together on the Underground Railroad, using ingenious methods of communication and tactics to stay ahead of the slave master and bounty hunter. Especially after the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act, conscientious residents doubled their efforts to help runaways reach Canada. Join Calarco on this journey of discovery of one of the noblest endeavors in American history.

After the presentation Tom will be selling and autographing copies of his new book The Search for the Underground Railroad in Upstate New York.

We hope you’ll join us on August 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Montgomery Countys Old Courthouse for this very interesting program. Admission is free. The Old Fonda Courthouse is located at 9 Park Street in Fonda, NY. For more information, please call MontgomeryCounty Historian Kelly Farquhar at (518) 853-8186.