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January 28, 2023

St. Johns Club and The Castle

Tomorrows print story on The Historians "The Sanford Stud Farm fire"-Sam Hildebrandt, founder of the preservation group Friends of Sanford Stud Farm, said one theory about the 1939 fire is that it was started on purpose by a disgruntled worker, angered at the hazing new farmhands were subjected to by old-timers.

The Historians Go Fund Me 2023

....The Historians Podcast 2023 fund drive is now underway! The 2023 goal is $7000. Be the first to contribute to this campaign. You may donate with the link at the top of the page. Or send a check made out to Bob Cudmore to 125 Horstman Drive, Scotia, NY 12302. Thank you for your support. The Historians on The WWW and Radio.Today at Noon-Amsterdam WCSS 106.9FM and 1490AM. Next week Albany Public Radio WMHT89.1FM.Today the story of bowling and pinsetting in upstate New York during the twentieth century. 

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Sunday, January 29th Kick-Off Event 2023 Book of the Year "The Girl in His Shadow"

The Role of Female Doctors and Medical Professionals in Today’s Medicine will be the topic of an Amsterdam Reads panel discussion. Location: The auditorium at St. Mary's Carondelet Health Center, 380 Guy Park Avenue across from St. Mary’s Hospital.

Physicians taking part in the discussion will include Dr. Emily Etzkorn, Dr. Parul Saxena, Dr. Mahvash Majeed and Dr. Lydia Mawad (Melendez).  Amsterdam Reads is focusing this year on The Girl in His Shadow, a historical novel by Audrey Blake set in the era of Victorian medicine. 

Mohawk Valley Weekend Weather, Saturday, January 28, 2023

A chance of snow showers, mainly before 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near 37. Breezy, with a west wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22. West wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm.
A chance of rain and snow before 11am, then rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 40. East wind 6 to 9 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Jerry Snyder was one of the founders of Historic Amsterdam League, which focuses on the history of Amsterdam, N.Y.   

Saturday January 28, 2023

Bob Cudmore and Dave Greene discuss bowling and pinsetting in upstate New York during the twentieth century. 

Sunday, January 29, 2023-The Sanford Stud Farm fire posted here on The Historians
No human lives were lost but 25 thoroughbred horses and a guard dog died in the January 9, 1939 fire at Sanford Stud Farm just north of Amsterdam’s city limits on Route 30.  Damage was estimated at $200,000.  

The Early Names of Shuttleworth Park

By Bob Cudmore, Focus on History in The Gazette this Weekend

Mohawk Valley News Headlines, Saturday, January 28, 2023
Daily Gazette
Paper-Paper, On-line and e-edition
When Credibility Matters
City of Johnstown, Fulton County, school district accused of overtaxing PILOT properties
JOHNSTOWN — Multiple agencies have violated a 2021 tax agreement between two city of Johnstown apartment complexes, property stakeholders alleged… 
Amsterdam’s Improve Our Neighborhoods Initiative hears concerns from city’s West End
AMSTERDAM — Residents of Amsterdam’s West End took their biggest concerns about their area to...

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January 27, 2023

Jerry Snyder HAL

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.

December 30, 2022

Buddy Levy/Ice and Stone

Friday, December 30, 2022- Episode 455-Buddy Levy author of Empire of Ice and Stone: The Disastrous and Heroic (1913) Voyage of the Karluk. Levy, who lives in Idaho, is a go-to author for Arctic history.

December 23, 2022

Stephen Blauweiss/Historic Kingston

Stephen Blauweiss is co-author of the book “The Story of Historic Kingston: Featuring 950 Images and Connections to the Catskills and New York City.”

December 16, 2022

Last HighLights 2022

Friday, December 16, 2022-Episode 453-2022 Highlights Edition with excerpts from the secret role of Japanese Americans who fought in the Pacific in World War II; Bob Gumson’s memoir In Blind Sight; Amsterdam’s Guy Park Manor; Anita Sanchez on the history of glaciers and Jim Kaplan on the life of of Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette.

December 09, 2022

Jim Kaplan/LaFayette

...New York City correspondent Jim Kaplan looks at the importance of French aristocrat Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette in the American Revolution.

December 02, 2022

Anita Sanchez

Friday, December 2, 2022-Episode 451-Environmental educator Anita Sanchez is author of Meltdown: Discover Earth’s Irreplaceable Glaciers And Learn What You Can Do To Save Them.

November 25, 2022

Amsterdams Oldest House

Episode 450-Bob Cudmore takes a look at Guy Park Manor, arguably Amsterdam’s oldest house. We also look at the leather business.

November 18, 2022

Bob Gumson

Friday, November 18, 2022- Episode 449-Bob Gumson of Albany, author of In Blind Sight: From Canarsie, Brooklyn with Love, Music and Mischief", his autobiography about living blind.

November 11, 2022

Bruce Henderson

Bruce Henderson, author of “Bridge to the Sun: the Secret Role of the Japanese Americans Who Fought in the Pacific in World War II.”

November 04, 2022

Highlights Edition5

Highlights Edition with excerpts from Joe Collea on Ilion, N.Y.; Giovanni Ruscitti visits his Italian roots; Chris Carola discusses Mohawk chief Joseph Brant; Alyson Richman on writing historical fiction David Pietrusza dissects FDR’s landslide 1936 victory; Norm Bollen meets filmmakers interested in Mohawk Valley; Rod Correll on learning to be a Leatherman.

October 28, 2022

Rod Correll

Episode 446- What’s it like to be the boss’s son? Rod Correll is author of the memoir “Learning to Be a Leatherman-A Rite of Passage.” Correll lived in the leather business for 50 years, from childhood up to when he left the business to return to Yale for an MBA.

October 21, 2022

Norm Bollen

Friday, October 21, 2022-Episode 445- Norm Bollen of the Fort Plain Museum says a film crew spent time in the Mohawk Valley in September scouting locations and shooting video for possible use in a Ken Burns documentary series on the American Revolution. Bollen also says the Fort Plain Museum is about to embark on a major expansion.

October 14, 2022

David Pietrusza

Episode 444-David Pietrusza is author of “Roosevelt Sweeps Nation: FDR’s 1936 Landslide and the Triumph of the Liberal Ideal.”

October 07, 2022

Alyson Richman

Friday, October 7, 2022-Episode 443-How to write historical fiction with Alyson Richman, co-author with Shaunna Edwards of “The Thread Collectors,” a Civil War novel.

September 30, 2022

Chris Carola

Friday, September 30, 2022-Episode 442-Retired Associated Press reporter Chris Carola takes a look at the life of Revolutionary War era Mohawk chief Joseph Brant. A warrior and diplomat, Brant is memorialized with a sculpture of his face on the outside of the New York State Capitol in Albany.

September 23, 2022

Giovanni Ruscitti

Episode 441-Giovanni Ruscitti of Colorado is author of the memoir Cobblestones, Conversations, and Corks: A Son’s Discovery of His Italian Heritage. Ruscitti chronicles the history of his Italian immigrant family and a visit to his ancestral homeland of Abruzzo.

September 16, 2022

Joe Collea

Friday, September 16, 2022-Episode 440-Joe Collea Junior is author of Our Town--Ilion, New York: a Selective Look at 300 Years of History. An Ilion native, Collea was a teacher and administrator in Ilion schools and served three terms as mayor of the village.

September 09, 2022

Highlights Edition 2022-4

Highlights Episode Four with excerpts from a history of the Mohawk River with Mary Zawacki of Schenectady County Historical Society; Kelly Yacobucci Farquhar, Montgomery County New York historian, on a national family history TV show visit to Fonda; Susanne Dunlap discusses The Portraitist, a novel based on the life of an 18th century French artist; Stephen Williams, author of Off the Northway on the history of the GlobalFoundries semiconductor facility in Malta; Bob Cudmore on Ukrainians in Amsterdam and Rick Herrera, author of Feeding Washington’s Army: Surviving the Valley Forge Winter of 1778.

September 02, 2022

Ricardo Herrera

Friday, September 2, 2022-Episode 438-Ricardo Herrera is author of Feeding Washington’s Army: Surviving the Valley Forge Winter of 1778. Herrera is visiting professor at the US Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. Previously he was professor of military history at the School of Advanced Military Studies, US Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He served as an armor and cavalry officer in the US Army.

August 26, 2022

Chit-Chat Stories

...Bob Cudmore’s Focus on History columns from Daily Gazette and Amsterdam Recorder in 2022 provide information for this chit chat podcast.  Hear stories about Amsterdam’s connections with Ukraine, World War II, Amsterdam’s link with Jeff Buckley’s version of the “secret chord” and the Polish cowboy.
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