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The Ballads of the Schoharie Creek Drownings - NYS History Month series

“The Ballads of the Schoharie Creek Drownings, a Series of Unfortunate Events,” with Esperance Historian, Ken Jones on Tuesday, October 12th. In the 1970’s Ken Jones came across two poems that had been donated to the Esperance Historical Society entitled “Two Poems by J. & A.” The story they told was of a disaster that occurred to the Newkirk Family of the Town of Florida who lived along the Schoharie Creek south of Fort Hunter where the creek empties into the Mohawk River and feeds the Erie Canal. Many years after reading the two poems Jones was astonished to see an original broadside of the “Two Poems” on eBay and was outbid in an attempt to acquire it. Later, he acquired a copy through the State Library Manuscripts and Special Collections department and while researching this broadside, uncovered a series of unfortunate events. Kenneth Jones is the Town of Esperance Historian and has been a long-standing board member of the Esperance Historical Museum, of which he is the curren

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