Saturday, May 4, 2013
When Alex H. Isabel was city recreation superintendent, Amsterdam had a series of playgrounds, staffed in the summer by returning college students. There were sports in summer and winter. The city recreation department even sponsored a summer musical theater program headed by Bert DeRose.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Readers have contributed memories of the Regent and Orpheum theaters in Amsterdam after a recent column talked about the Rialto, Tryon and Mohawk theaters downtown.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Director George Cukor’s 1938 movie “Holiday” — which starred Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant — has three fictional characters based on members of the Sanford family of Amsterdam.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
John Collier Jr. documented the waterfront and downtown Amsterdam during a photo shoot for the U.S. government in October 1941.
Saturday, April 6, 2013
According to one of his grandsons, Adam Betz had a knack for subduing people without damaging them.
Saturday, March 30, 2013
March and April were the months for the annual Sportsmen’s Shows put on by the Amsterdam Fish and Game League from the 1930s into the 1950s.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Born about 1735 to Christian Mohawk parents in the western Mohawk Valley, Molly Brant’s life of influence began in 1759 when she became the consort of British Indian agent William Johnson.
Saturday, March 16, 2013
When he was 15, Amsterdam native Mark Copp was “a heckuva pool player” at Frank’s Pool Hall, above the Sears store next to the bus station on Amsterdam’s East Main Street.
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Vaudeville was a mix of specialized stage acts including dancers, singers, comedians and even roller skaters. Vaudevillians toured America, some visiting big cities and others going to smaller towns.
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Everyone dressed up to go downtown.
Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013
More than 2,000 people gathered in Johnstown for the funeral of Sir William Johnson on July 13, 1774.
Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013
A group of concerned women started a home for needy children in Amsterdam in 1883. When it first opened, four children were taken in, but the numbers grew rapidly.
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013
Historian Christopher K. Philippo of Glenmont had to consult the Oxford English Dictionary to explain a newspaper account of a burglary in Mayfield in 1914.
Friday, Feb. 1, 2013
In the 1940s the Amsterdam area could boast of several drum and bugle corps.
Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013
Amsterdam resident James J. Sheridan has contributed memories of war hero John Blanchfield, who died last November at age 88.