What do Local Events, Quilt Barns and Podcasts Have in Common? This Blog Post!

The snow is deep, the mercury is low and onward through winter we go!

The Friends of Schoharie Crossing and the site are grinding on through the planning process for a wonderful 2015 season as well as long term goals for the 2017 new exhibit and remodel.  Currently the site doesn’t have any events scheduled until April, however if you are fiend’ing for some great local historical happenings we have put together this little list:


February 28thMabee Farm is hosting Craig Williams, retired curator at the New York State Museum, who will present an illustrated talk discussing how the Erie Canal brought major changes to Schenectady, including waves of new settlers, immigrants and workers. Williams will also speak on Schenectady’s initial skepticism of the canal, and how the canal has established ethnically diverse heritage in the region.
Admission is $5.00, free for members of the Schenectady County Historical Society. For more information, please contact Mary Zawacki, Curator at 518-887-5073 or by email at curator@schenectadyhistorical.org. The Mabee Farm Historic Site is wheelchair accessible, with off-street parking in front of the George E. Franchere Educational Center. Schenectady County Historical Society

March 7thNellis Tavern Antique Show at the Arkell.   

10:00am: Event to Benefit Nellis Tavern
Antique fair featuring 25 vendors selling their wares.
Appraisal booth 2 items for only $5.00
 $4.00 admission to the antiques fair
 $8.00 admission to both the fair and museum for non-members
 $4.00 admission to both the fair and museum for members

March7th – 3rd Annual Chili Cook-off @ the VanAlstyne Homestead

May 1st-3rd – the Fort Plain Museum 1st Annual Conference on the American Revolution

Six Great Author-Historians!
Six Great Revolutionary Stories!

The Fort Plain Museum is proud to announce the First Annual Conference on the American Revolution in the Mohawk Valley and it will be held May 1 through 3, 2015.

Ongoing Awesome!

The Fulton Montgomery Quilt Barn Trail is located in upstate New York in the southern Adirondacks.  The area is a mixture of agricultural landscape, rural countryside and small cities and villages.  The FMBQT is in the process of growing throughout the area and encourage residents to join the community pride and individual artistry found in a quilt barn trail.” 


The Friends are also pretty excited to be learning that Schoharie Crossing will be interviewed for two upcoming podcast!  

Some of you may be familiar with The Historians w/ Bob Cudmore - local author, radio personality and historian.    Education Coordinator, David Brooks will be interviewed by Bob regarding the site events and the 1869 Diary of an unknown Fort Hunter resident.  We will let you know when the podcast is up for your listening pleasure, but please check out the great episodes already posted.

Also, Ben Franklin's World host Liz Covart will be speaking with Site Manager, Janice Fontanella in April and we certainly look forward to that interview as well!  Covart is an historian of early America and has a strong interest in the social as well as cultural history of the Revolutionary and Early Republic periods.  Definitely check out the wonderful podcasts up on the site already and we'll keep you posted when Janice will be on.