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June 07, 2023

It was last Year

....Bob Cudmore will introduce the speakers this Saturday and Sunday, June 10, 8 am-5 pm and June 11, 8 am to 1 pm at the Revolutionary War conference organized by the Fort Plain Museum.

Who do You Think You Are? Bob and Kelly conversation

Wednesday, June 7, 2023-From the Archives-August 5, 2022-Episode 434-NBC TV has aired an episode of their family history show Who Do You Think You Are including interviews filmed in Fonda and Johnstown.  Actor Nick Offerman (who plays Ron Swanson in the sitcom Parks and Recreation) traced his ancestors to families from upstate New York. Kelly Yacobucci Farquhar, Montgomery County historian, explains why Fonda’s Old Courthouse is a mecca for genealogists and historians.

Still Time to Register (2023 Conference starts this Friday, June 9)

The Fort Plain Museum began operation in 1961 as the Fort Plain Restoration with an emphasis on rebuilding Revolutionary War Fort Plain.

The Revolutionary War Conference 250

Friday, Saturday and Sunday in The Mohawk Valley

Fort Palin Museum


 A 2nd Bus has been added!

Bob Cudmore will introduce the speakers at the auditorium of Fulton-Montgomery Community College in Johnstown. This Saturday and Sunday, June 10, 8 am-5 pm and June 11, 8 am to 1 pm at the Revolutionary War conference organized by the Fort Plain Museum. 

Thanks to an extremely generous and anonymous $1000 donation, The Historians Podcast fund drive has now raised $2610 toward our $7000 goal for 2023. 

Thank you very much.  We still have a long way to go. Please help us provide more history programing on Fort Ticonderoga, Old Fort Johnson, songs of the American Revolution by Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle, the Wild West and much more.  Please donate online at The Historians Podcast, organized by Bob Cudmore  or send a check made out to Bob Cudmore to 125 Horstman Drive, Scotia, NY 12302. Thank you again-every contribution is appreciated.


Thursday, June 8, 2023

Violins and ginseng

Born in Broadalbin in 1861 to Henry and Lydia Lansing Kested, Arch Kested married Charlotte Craig in 1891. He became proficient in “hand wood turning,” according to his 1940 obituary.

Friday, June 9, 2023 – Episode 478 Scott Haefner of Old Fort Johnson historic site explains how this formerly fortified home of British Indian agent Sir William Johnson was preserved by a grass roots organization, the Montgomery County Historical Society.

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Mohawk Valley Weather, Wednesday, June 7, 2023

48 degrees in The City of Amsterdam at 6:22AM


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation at
Albany has issued a Air Quality Health Advisory for Fine
Particulates.. until midnight EDT tonight.

Air quality levels in outdoor air are predicted to be greater than
an air quality index value of 100 for Fine Particulates. The air
quality index...or AQI...was created as an easy way to correlate
levels of different pollutants to one scale. The higher the AQI
value, the greater the health concern.

When pollution levels are elevated...the New York State Department
of Health recommends that individuals consider limiting strenuous
outdoor physical activity to reduce the risk of adverse health
effects. People who may be especially sensitive to the effects of
elevated levels of pollutants include the very young and those with
pre existing respiratory problems such as asthma or heart disease.
Those with symptoms should consider consulting their personal

For additional information, please visit the New York State
Department of Environmental Conservation website at,, or call the Air Quality Hotline at 800-535-
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June 02, 2023

Matthew Keagle

Friday, June 2, 2023-Episode 477- Curator Matthew Keagle discusses Fort Ticonderoga historic site this season. Visitors will experience 1760 at the fort and see how British soldiers and American provincials ensure military dominance on Lake Champlain and deep into the heart of French Canada.

May 26, 2023

Paul Kix

Friday, May 26, 2023-Episode 476-Journalist Paul Kix documents how the 1963 desegregation campaign in Birmingham Alabama changed race relations in America. Martin Luther King, Jr., was imprisoned and wrote his Letter from a Birmingham Jail. Kix’s book is titled You Have to Be Prepared to Die before You Can Begin to Live.

May 19, 2023

Phyllis Chapman

Friday, May 19, 2023-Episode 475-The Battle of Bennington preceded the 1777 Battle of Saratoga during the American Revolution. It was fought in the hamlet of Walloomsac in the Town of Hoosick New York on August 16 1777—about ten miles from Bennington, Vermont. Phyllis Chapman of Friends of the Bennington Battlefield describes the battle and its impact on the Battle of Saratoga.

May 12, 2023

Jim Kaplan/New York City History

Friday, May 12, 2023-Episode 474-New York City correspondent Jim Kaplan reports on how Harlem was economically developed in the early 1900s. Jewish financiers joined with Black realtor Phillip Payton to improve race relations in New York City.

May 05, 2023

Focus on History Stories

Friday, May 5, 2023-Episode 473-Bob Cudmore provides a Focus on History podcast with topics from his Daily Gazette and Amsterdam Recorder columns including an eccentric philosopher, the Demskys of Eagle Street, Amsterdam mayor Burt Deal and boxing in 1930s Amsterdam. Dave Greene remembers how he met boxing great Jake LaMotta.

April 28, 2023

Meryl Frank

Friday, April 28, 2023-Episode 472-In Unearthed Meryl Frank tells the story of her cousin Frany Winter, a celebrated Yiddish actress in Vilna in Eastern Europe before the Holocaust. Frank spent many years researching how her cousin Frany died.

April 21, 2023

HighLights Edition2(2023)

Friday, April 21, 2023-Episode 471-A highlights edition with excepts from: Steve Haggerty on Norman Rockwell’s models; Denise Van Buren on Beacon, New York; Kate Fagan on women’s basketball; Charles Evans on Valerie Andre, French surgeon and rescue pilot; Alan Maddaus, on the Prestons of Galway, a 19th century family; Maria Riccio Bryce, creator of Requiem: What Remains Is Love; Patrick Chaisson on aircraft production in New York State during WW II.”

April 14, 2023

Patrick Chaisson

Friday, April 14, 2023-Episode 470-Patrick Chaisson has written a multi-media presentation “Wings of Victory: Aircraft Production in New York State during WWII.” Patrick Chaisson is a retired (26 year) US Army Lieutenant Colonel now an author/historian from Scotia.

April 07, 2023

Maria Riccio Bryce

Friday, April 7, 2023-Episode 469- Composer, choral director and pianist Maria Riccio Bryce, creator of a new work called Requiem: What Remains Is Love. CD recordings are available at Amsterdam Free Library. On Friday May 26, the Requiem will be performed at St Paul’s Episcopal on Hackett Blvd in Albany; Saturday, May 27, at First Reformed on N. Church St in the Schenectady Stockade; and Sunday at 3pm on May 28, at Trinity Lutheran on Guy Park Avenue in Amsterdam.

March 31, 2023

Alan Maddaus

Friday, March 31, 2023-Episode 468-Alan Maddaus is author of The Prestons of East Street, the Story of a 19th century A merican Family. The lives of seven Preston family members from Galway, N.Y., were impacted by events including Civil War, the Second Great Awakening and the Galveston Hurricane of 1900, the natural disaster claiming the most lives on US soil.

March 24, 2023

Charles Morgan Evans

Friday, March 24, 2023-Episode 467-Charles Morgan Evans is author of Helicopter Heroine--Valerie Andre, Surgeon, Rescue Pilot and Her Courage Under Fire. Andre piloted primitive helicopters to rescue wounded soldiers in the 1950s for the French army in Indochina. She became the first woman in the French military to be promoted to General.

March 22, 2023

Dr. Mahvash Majeed

...Dr. Mahvash Majeed has been a pediatrician at St. Mary's Healthcare in Amsterdam for 8.5 years. She has created the podcast Welcome to the Village since she says it really does take a village to raise a child. In March, Bob Cudmore, host of The Historians Podcast, was interviewed by Dr. Majeed for her podcast, Welcome to the Village.

March 17, 2023

Kate Fagan

Kate Fagan is author of HOOP MUSES-An Insider’s Guide to Pop Culture and the (Women’s) Game an Adventure through Basketball History. Fagan is a native of Schenectady. She writes for Sports Illustrated.

March 10, 2023

Denise Doring VanBuren

Friday, March 10. 2023-Episode 465-Denise Doring VanBuren is president of the Beacon New York Historical Society and author of two books about Beacon’s history. Dia Beacon, a modern art museum revived formerly industrial Beacon starting in 2003.

March 03, 2023

Steve Haggerty

Friday, March 3, 2023- Episode 464-Steve Haggerty is author of Norman Rockwell’s Models: In and Out of the Studio. In 1940, illustrator Norman Rockwell, his wife Mary and their three sons moved to West Arlington, Vermont. The artist discovered a treasure trove of models. Haggerty’s book‘details these models’ lives, friendships with the artist and experiences in his studio.

February 24, 2023

HighLights 2023-1

Friday, February 24, 2022-Episode 463-In this first Highlights Edition of 2023 we revisit: Bill Buell’s Schenectady stories from the 1920s, NY State Historian Devin Lander, Jerry Snyder of Historic Amsterdam League, Jon Sorensen’s book When Mommy Was a Commie, Alan Maddaus on a jet bomber crash in New York’s Adirondack Mountains and Mark Dawidziak on Edgar Allan Poe.

February 17, 2023

Mark Dawidziak

Friday, February 17, 2023-Episode 462-Author Mark Dawidziak investigates Edgar Allan Poe’s strange death in Baltimore, and revisits the moments of his storm-tossed life in his book A Mystery of Mysteries: The Death and Life of Edgar Allan Poe.

February 10, 2023

Alan Maddaus

Episode 461-Alan Maddaus is author of Wright Peak Elegy: A Story of Cold War, Nuclear Deterrence and Ultimate Sacrifice. The book tells the story of a U.S. B 47e jet bomber that crashed into Wright Peak in New York’s Adirondack Mountains in in January 1962.

February 03, 2023

Jon Sorensen

Episode 460-“When Mommy Was a Commie” is a comic novel set in Schenectady in the early 1950s, inspired by real-life episodes from America’s spy war with Russia. Author Jon Sorensen was a newspaper reporter covering government and politics for The Schenectady Gazette, Buffalo News and New York Daily News.

January 27, 2023

Jerry Snyder

Friday, January 27, 2023-Episode 459-Jerry Snyder was one of the founders of Historic Amsterdam League, which focuses on the history of Amsterdam, N.Y.

January 20, 2023

Devin Lander/NYS Historian

Friday, January 20, 2023-Episode 458-New York State Historian Devin Lander. 250th American independence anniversary coming in years ahead.

January 13, 2023

Bill Buell

Historian and Daily Gazette reporter Bill Buell on Schenectady in the 1920s

January 06, 2023

Gazette History Topics 2022

Friday, January 6, 2023-Episode 456-The historic Fulton County courthouse, Ukrainians who settled in Amsterdam, Lafayette in Fort Hunter and other 2022 topics from Bob Cudmore’s Focus on History columns in the Daily Gazette and Amsterdam Recorder.
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