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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.

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.”
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