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From somewhere between the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s no one in my family or circle of friends bought grapes. Why? Cesar Chavez. The United Farm Workers co-founder was successful in using a boycott of grapes to raise the national consciousness about...
The annual Saranac Lake Winter Carnival opens January 31 this year. For more than a century, that has meant the construction of an Ice Palace, built out of blocks cut from the ice of Lake Flower. The job is now in progress. Last year, Saranac Lake...
Here’s a follow-up to earlier posts about the Franklin Expedition. For those who haven’t followed that long-running historical mystery, it’s easily understood that two well-provisioned British ships set off in 1845 off to...
Yesterday’s photo of the day showcased four U.S. servicemen from the 333rd Horizontal Engineer Company (HEC) at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, courtesy of NCPR listener SGT Matthew Coletta. The saying “out of sight, out of...
This story just resonates on many levels. It’s about a chance discovery that included a mystery – partially solved through luck, skill and perseverance. The tale combines history writ large and humanity on an individual level....


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The Adirondack Attic
Andy Flynn uses the objects people make, use, and leave behind to tell stories about the life and times of the region.
Audio Series
StoryCorps in the North Country: North Country residents have shared their stories with this national oral history project during visits to the region in 2006 and in 2008.
Masons
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Upper Canada Village welcomes addition
Lucy Martin reports on the newest addition to Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg, Ontario--the Ancient Brethren Lodge.
Watson's Mill
Slideshow:
Old mill requires old skills
Lucy Martin returns to Watson's Mill in Manotick, Ontario to see how old millstones can be made new again, and learn about other vanishings arts of the miller's trade.
Stoddard photo
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Anique North Country Postcards
Jon Kopp, a former state forester who owns an antique store in Tupper Lake, has set out to collect thousands of vintage North Country postcards. He shares his collection with Brian Mann.
Country Schoolhouse
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No Bigger Than a Piano Box: a North Country Schoolhouse in 1893
By historian Betsy Kepes. Based on the 1893 diary of a North Country schoolteacher. A Women's History Month special. Teacher's guide and CD available.
Lock Wheel
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Canada's Rideau Canal hits 175th anniversary
The Rideau Canal is a manmade waterway connecting Kingston to Ottawa. Lucy Martin was in scenic Merrickville for one of the year’s many 175th anniversary celebrations.
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Volunteers keep Watson's Mill alive
Watson's Mill opened for business in 1860 on the Rideau River in Manotick. It comes alive in the summer — full of the noise of water, turbines, grindstones, and people. Lucy Martin followed two modern enthusiasts who help keep it all turning.
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Mining in Lyon Mountain
Brian Mann talks with author Lawrence Gooley about the hard and dangerous history of mining at Lyon Mountain.
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Flower Library Gets Facelift
Todd Moe tours an Art Nouveau gem, Flower Memorial Library in Watertown, as it undergoes renovation in its centennial year.
La Duchesse
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Aboad La Duchesse in Clayton
La Duchesse is a 110-foot Gilded Age treasure that's become the crown jewel of the Antique Boat Museum's collection in Clayton. Todd Moe tours the historic houseboat.
Audio Slideshow
King's Garden at Ft. Ticonderoga
1920s landscape architect Marion Coffin designed a pleasure garden for the Pell family's summer home, the Pavillion, at Fort Ticonderoga. It was neglected and almost forgotten until, about ten years ago, workers began to restore the garden to Coffin's plan. Todd Moe takes a tour.
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A Look Inside Temple Beth Joseph, Tupper Lake
Beth Joseph Synagogue in Tupper Lake is the oldest synagogue in the Adirondacks. Built in 1905, its origins stem from the late 1800s, when Jewish immigrants from Russia and eastern Europe arrived in America. It had been closed up for decades when a summer resident asked to take a look inside. What she found was a national treasure.
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Audio Slideshow
St. William's on Long Point
In the late 1800s, St. William's was the parish church for Raquette Lake and served many of the Irish and French-Canadian Catholics who were the early pioneers on the Lake. Today, it's a seasonal camp and cultural center, accessible only by boat. Todd Moe visited during restoration work.
The King and Queen
Slideshow
Cape Vincent French Festival 2005
In the early 1600s, French settlers came to the eastern end of Lake Ontario. Much of northern Jefferson County traces descent from them and Cape Vincent holds an annual French Festival to celebrate the heritage. David Sommerstein was on hand and sends this audio postcard.
House of Healing
Audio Slideshow
Saving Sackets Harbor's Historic House of Healing
A group of history buffs wants to restore the old Stone Hospital at Madison Barracks as a military heritage center and cornerstone for restoration work. Todd Moe has more.
Stoddard photo
Audio Slideshow
Following Photographer Seneca Ray Stoddard
In the late 1800s, photographer Seneca Ray Stoddard captured some of the most iconic scenes in north country Now another Glens Falls native, Mark Bowie, has spent two years photographing the exact same scenes.
Farm equipment repair
Slideshow
The School of Agriculture, Canton NY
SUNY Canton started life as The School of Agriculture in 1906. This slideshow is part of a display from the school archives presented at the Third Annual Symposium on Education, Environment and Economic Vitality in April 2005.
Audio Slideshow
A Walking Tour of Sackets Harbor: Battlefield, Bay and Barracks
Todd Moe tours historic Sackets Harbor, one of five villages hosting Seaway Trail Walks this summer.
Photo Audio Essay
Children's Camps in the Adirondacks
The Adirondack Museum opens today for the summer season. A major new exhibition looks at the history of the region's summer camps.
Audio Slideshow
Music Hall Restoration in Heuvelton
A group of residents and historians in Heuvelton is trying to preserve Pickens Hall, one of the oldest buildings in the village. And the building's restoration has sparked a renewed interest in the career of Bessie Abott, a granddaughter of the original owner of Pickens Hall. Bessie took the opera world by storm in the early 1900s. Todd Moe reports.
Audio Slideshow
Napoleon's Brother in the North Country
David Sommerstein visits the historic Benton House in the town of Oxbow in Jefferson County, the former home of Joseph Bonaparte's extramarital daughter.
Photo/Audio Essay
Inside Dark Island's Castle
On the St. Lawrence River near Chippewa Bay, a representative for the buyers of Dark Island and its historic castle gave David Sommerstein a peek of what visitors could see as early as next summer.
Audio Series
Leonora Barry: First Voice for Working Women
North Country Public Radio presents an extraordinary profile of one of the unsung heroes in the history of the struggle for the rights of working women in America.
Audio Series
Ice Storm '98: A Retrospective
This retrospective looks back on Ice Storm '98 through the sounds and stories we all shared during those three weeks of disasterand community.
Therese Whittaker and Christine Nicholson, <i>The Sisters of Perpetual Needling</i>, will be working a Regency era design on a traditional quilting frame this weekend in Ogdensburg as part of the Heritage Talks event at the Freight House restaurant.  Photo:  Todd Moe
Therese Whittaker and Christine Nicholson, The Sisters of Perpetual Needling, will be working a Regency era design on a traditional quilting frame this weekend in Ogdensburg as part of the Heritage Talks event at the Freight House restaurant. Photo: Todd Moe

Ogdensburg explores War of 1812 history, heroes and everyday life

Battle reenactments, tours, exhibits and other events are set for this year's commemoration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812. The U.S. and Britain fought some of the war's bloodiest battles two centuries ago this year in Ontario and parts of upstate New York from Lake Ontario to Lake Champlain.

This weekend, the Fort La Presentation Association in Ogdensburg presents its annual War of 1812 Heritage Talks at the Freight House restaurant. Todd Moe spoke with historian and organizer Michael Whittaker, who says it's two days of traditional music and a slate of speakers and exhibits.  Go to full article
Plan of Fort Dayton, also known as Fort Herkimer, from a map first published in 1851. Public domain.

Dig planned at site of NY Revolutionary War fort

HERKIMER, N.Y. (AP) An archaeological dig is planned for later this spring at the Mohawk Valley site of a Revolutionary War fort that played a role in one of the conflict's bloodiest battles.

The Observer-Dispatch of Utica reports that the excavations will start May 31 at the Herkimer County Historical Society, former site of Fort Dayton.

Built in 1776, Fort Dayton was one of several fortifications constructed by the Continental Army along the Mohawk River. In August 1777, Gen. Nicholas Herkimer and hundreds of American militiamen set out for the relief of nearby Fort Stanwix in present-day Rome.  Go to full article
The six nations of the Iroquois Confederacy c. 1720. Graphic: <a href=" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Iroquois_6_Nations_map_c1720.png">Nonenmacher</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Onondaga land claim will go to OAS human rights commission

The Onondaga Indian Nation has brought its decade old land claim case to an international human rights commission.

A lawsuit first filed in 2005 argues land was illegally taken from the Onondagas in the 18th and 19th centuries. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal in October.  Go to full article
Historical Dutch map showing the Albany area.

Historians debate location of early Dutch settlement in Albany

The Port of Albany has been the focus of a lot of attention lately because of community debate over the location of a proposed crude oil processing plant.

But...  Go to full article
Adirondack Museum curator Laura Rice holding the "schuetzen" target rifle. Photo: Andy Flynn

In the Adirondack Attic: Schuetzen target rifle

The Adirondack Attick's Andy Flynn unearths a target rifle from the Loon Lake area in Warren County. Laura Rice, the chief curator of the Adirondack Museum, talks with Andy...  Go to full article
USS Slater Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jackjack/">Michael Sheehan </a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Albany's WWII ship heads down Hudson for repairs

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) With the ice finally off the Hudson River, an Albany-based World War II warship has headed south to Staten Island for repairs.

The destroyer...  Go to full article
Aaron Hinton, outside his building in Brownsville, Brooklyn. He calls the war on drugs "the war on the poor." Photo: Natasha Haverty

What if 10 percent of your neighbors went to prison downstate?

The North Country has more than a dozen state and federal prisons, housing thousands of inmates. It turns out a lot of those inmates come from just a few neighborhoods, and...  Go to full article
The Washington County home of Asa Fitch Jr., an entomologist in the 1800s, has been proposed for listing on the historic register.  Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Fitch_Asa_1809-1879.jpg">unknown</a>, public domain

Five North Country properties proposed for historic recognition

A state board is recommending that 21 new properties across New York be added to the register of state and national historic places.

The designation is designed to...  Go to full article
The Adirondack Museum has three wooden crates full of antique soda bottles from the Riverside Bottling Works in Warren County.  Photo: Andy Flynn

Listen: Soda bottles trace a Warren County story

In the Adirondack Attic series, with Andy Flynn, NCPR is collaborating with Andy and his sources at the Adirondack Museum and other historical associations and museums in the...  Go to full article
World War 2 C-47 Transport Plane Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/chidiver/8325999623/">Masm</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

WWII troop transport plane will return to Normandy

GENESEO, N.Y. (AP) Seventy years after taking part in D-Day, an American transport plane now housed in western New York is being prepared to recreate its role in the...  Go to full article

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