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May 20, 2022

Charles Gehring Life Work

Episode 423-Charles Gehring’s life work has been to translate Old Dutch language documents from the 17th century New Netherland colony in New York, New Jersey and Delaware.  Gehring is Director of the New Netherland Research Center at the New York State Education Department in Albany.  His work has been used by many historians, including Russell Shorto whose book “The Island at the Center of the World” is a history of New York City dating back to colonial Dutch times. 

Blast from the Past

...This is a 60 year old recording from WCSS 1490 AM radio in Amsterdam featuring a 16-year old Bob Cudmore. Bob is operating the control board and here is doing commercials during the Dusty Miller Country and Western Show. Dusty was a well known band leader and radio DJ. Dusty sent Bob this recording when Bob came back to the area to do the night time talk show Contact on WGY in 1980.(Bob is not 16 in this picture)

If you ever wanted to take in some sophistication and at the same time to brush up on local history now is the time to take yourself to 100 Church Street, Amsterdam – the Walter Elwood Museum.

   The window is brief: Today-Friday, May 20, 2022 is the last day for the art exhibit between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm.

        The original paintings of five local artists (whose works are extolled nationally) hang in a newly renovated gallery space for a short period of time.  The artists range from John F. Harvey who was born in 1859 to Grace Gilbert whose death occurred just five years ago. The other names in the exhibit are Mary Van der Veer, Bessie Bowhall and Matthew Popielarz. Their work appears in four tasteful, well lighted rooms. 

        Credit for such a collection must be given to Barbara Persico who doggedly researched the background of this creative fivesome but also tracked down their work.   Historic Amsterdam League is sponsoring the even which is free to the public

Episode 423 The Hudson Valley and Mohawk Valley

Charles Gehring’s life work has been to translate Old Dutch language documents from the 17th century New Netherland colony in New York, New Jersey and Delaware.  

Daily Gazette and Amsterdam Recorder this Weekend

The Paper Paper

Tomorrow, Saturday May 21, 2022 in the Daily Gazette: A Bob Cudmore Focus on History column about Joseph and George Tralka.  A native of Poland, Joseph came to Amsterdam by way of Brazil and Pennsylvania and was longtime organist and choir director at St. Stanislaus Church.  His son George went off to the Second World War then became a physician in the Washington D.C. area.  We will post the story about the Tralkas online on on Sunday, May 29, 2022

Saturday, May 21, 2022-From the Archives-April 9, 2021-Episode 365-Roland Vinyard is author of the book, “The Ballad of Pete Hauer: It Was Caves that Pete Loved The Best.”  A true story of two mysterious deaths in West Virginia’s cave country.

Sunday, May 22, 2022-Focus on History in the Daily Gazette and Amsterdam Recorder-Amsterdam has ties to two Kentucky Derby winners.

George Smith was named for popular gambler and racing handicapper George Elsworth Smith, who died in 1905 from tuberculosis

   John Sanford of Amsterdam had not bred the Kentucky Derby winner but purchased the horse in 1915.

Fort Plain Museum

Two Great Conferences for 2022
The American Revolution Mohawk Valley Conference
June 9-12, 2022
Sir William Johnson and the Wars for Empire Conference
October 21-23, 2022

Mohawk Valley Weekend Weather, Friday, May 20, 2022

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 4pm, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5pm. Areas of dense fog before 8am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 81. Light and variable wind becoming south 6 to 11 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8pm. Patchy fog after 3am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 60. East wind 3 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny and hot, with a high near 92. Heat index values as high as 96. Calm wind becoming west 5 to 9 mph in the morning.
Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 2pm. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 90. Light south wind becoming southwest 6 to 11 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Mohawk Valley News Headlines, Friday, May 20, 2022
Daily Gazette
SPAC readies for ‘ambitious season’ with facility upgrades
Ahead of the venue’s first full season since 2019, leaders of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center announced facility improvements, including…

Amsterdam Recorder
Developers withdraw proposed wind turbine in Glen
GLEN — Residents cheered after learning Borrego Solar withdrew its application to construct an...
Amsterdam seeking grants for environmental testing at former industrial sites

Leader Herald

Fulton County hires new Veterans Service Agency director

by Jason Subik

May 13, 2022

Highlights Episode 2022-2

Friday, May 13, 2022-Episode 422-Highlights podcast #2 for 2022. Topics include early American patriot Marinus Willett, a corset maker in Poland, early radio, World War I, the Titanic and celebrating New York State’s birthday.

May 06, 2022

Chris Lamb/Stolen Dreams

Friday. May 6, 2022-Episode 421-Chris Lamb, author of Stolen Dreams: The 1955 Cannon Street YMCA All-Stars and Little League Baseball’s Civil War

April 29, 2022

Paul Craddock

Friday, April 29, 2022-Episode 420-Paul Craddock at UCL Medical School in London England is author of Spare Parts: The Story of Medicine Through the History of Transplant Surgery.

April 22, 2022

Edmund Richardson

Friday, April 22, 2022-Episode 419-English classics professor Edmund Richardson is author of The King’s Shadow: Obsession, Betrayal, and the Deadly Quest for the Lost City of Alexandria, the story of a 19th century British deserter who discovered a civilization founded by Alexander the Great in Bagram, Afghanistan in the fourth century B.C.

April 15, 2022

Bruce Dearstyne(April 2022)

Episode 418-Bruce Dearstyne is encouraging New Yorkers to celebrate April 20 as the birthday of the Empire State.  The first New York State constitution was adopted April 20, 1777 during a momentous year for the state during the Revolutionary War.  Bruce Dearstyne was formerly on the staff of the Office of State History and the State Archives.  He has written books and articles on New York State history.

April 08, 2022

Bryan Jackson

Friday, April 8, 2022 Episode 417-Bryan Jackson is author of Why the Titanic Was Doomed.  Titanic, the most magnificent ocean liner of her time, was destined for disaster before she left the docks at Southampton according to Jackson--doomed by her owner, designers and the men who sailed her.

April 01, 2022

Neil Lanctot is author of The Approaching Storm

Friday, April 1, 2022-Episode 416-Neil Lanctot is author of The Approaching Storm: Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Jane Addams and Their Clash Over America’s Future.  The book recounts the debate over whether America should enter World War I. 

March 25, 2022

Ann-Marie Barker Schwarz

Friday, March 25, 2022-Episode 415-Violinist Ann-Marie Barker Schwarz explores the history of high quality music in the early days of radio. Edward Rice played the violin during WGY Schenectady’s first broadcast on February 20, 1922. Barker Schwarz is the founder of Musicians of Ma’alwyck and took part in WGY’s 100th anniversary broadcast.

March 18, 2022

Annette Libeskind Berkovits

Friday, March 18, 2022-Episode 414-Annette Libeskind Berkovits discusses her historical novel “The Corset Maker” which tells the story of a courageous Orthodox Jewish teen, Rifka, who was living in Warsaw Poland in the late 1920s and early ‘30s.  Rifka is loosely based on Annette’s mother Dora.

March 11, 2022

Highlights Episode 2022-1

Episode 413-The first highlights episode of 2022 with excerpts from seven Historians Podcasts including Evacuation Day in New York City, 100 years of WGY radio in Schenectady, a chat with New York State historian Devin Lander, the case for Benedict Arnold and more.

March 04, 2022

Jim Kaplan(Marinus Willett)

Friday, March 4, 2022-Episode 412-New York City correspondent Jim Kaplan discusses the life of Marinus Willett.  Willett is well known to historians because of the work he did during the American Revolution in the Mohawk Valley.  But Willett was born downstate and returned to New York City after the war to serve in public office.

February 25, 2022

Jim Coulthart

Episode 411 Jim Coulthart is an aviation historian. He has a collection of WWII aircraft incidents, and accidents with ties to Central New York. 

February 18, 2022

Peter Betz(Grave Stone)

Friday, February 18, 2022-Episode 410-Historian Peter Betz explains how he was able to help a Perth NY family acquire a gravestone at no cost for a deceased family member, Howard Forgette, who was a US Army veteran.  Betz also discusses a program on Fulton County immigrants taking place at the museum in Gloversville.  And he has the story of a bear who did groundhog weather forecasting work in Sacandaga Park.

February 13, 2022

WGY 100 Years (Mike Patrick)


WGY’s Mike Patrick interviews Bob Cudmore on Bob’s years at the 100 year old radio station.

February 11, 2022

James Kirby Martin

Friday, February 11, 2022-Episode 409-James Kirby Martin is executive producer of the documentary Benedict Arnold: Hero Betrayed.  The film is based on Martin’s 1997 book Benedict Arnold Revolutionary Hero.  The documentary is streaming on several TV platforms, narrated by Martin Sheen and stars Peter O’Meara.  Three men from the Mohawk Valley area created the documentary: Niskayuna native Chris Stearns, Saratoga Springs native Tom Mercer and Fort Johnson native Anthony Vertucci.

February 04, 2022

WGY Podcast

Radio station WGY is celebrating its 100th year on February 20, 2022.  Bob Cudmore, who hosted a WGY talk show from 1980 to 1993, has audio featuring pioneer WGY air personalities Kolin Hager, Martha Brooks, Howard Tupper, Elle Pankin and Earl Pudney.  Current WGY news anchor Mike Patrick describes podcasts Patrick has done with many WGY veterans.

January 28, 2022

Devin Lander

Friday, January 28, 2022-Episode 407-New York State historian Devin Lander discusses plans to observe the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution.

January 21, 2022

Stories from Focus on History

Friday, January 21, 2022-Episode 406-Bob Cudmore and Dave Greene discuss polo player and carpet executive Laddie Sanford, a 1940 Northville fire and a newspaper contest from the early 1900s.

January 14, 2022

Jerry Snyder


Episode 405-Jerry Snyder of  Historic Amsterdam League has stories from a new booklet on Amsterdam’s arts, focusing on visual artists, actors, singers and more with ties to Amsterdam, New York. 

January 07, 2022

Jim Kaplan(December2021)

Friday, January 7, 2022-Episode 404-Evacuation Day was November 25, 1783, the day the British left New York City finally ending the American Revolution.  Attorney and historian Jim Kaplan discusses the significance of Evacuation Day and how the day has been commemorated through the years.

December 31, 2021

Highlights Edition 5

Friday, December 31, 2021-Episode 403-2021 Highlights Episode #5-The Lincoln assassination; reviving New York City’s Broadway theaters; an Adirondack lumber baron; a woman bandit from the Wild West; whatever happened to Judge Crater and Trancendentalism in Concord Massachusetts in the 1800s.

December 24, 2021

Marta McDowell

Friday, December 24, 2021-Episode 402-Marta McDowell on Unearthing the Secret Garden, a look at Frances Hodgson Burnett’s class.ic children’s book.

December 17, 2021

Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle

Friday, December 17, 2021-Episode 401-Musicians Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle have a new CD and concert featuring history songs about the labor union movement in America.

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