Young lovers murdered at Phillips Park

Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013
Two young lovers were murdered Oct. 1, 1950, at Phillips Park in the town of Florida; a Schenectady man went to prison eight months later for killing them.

Charleston’s Machin was a war hero

Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013
When Gen. George Washington needed to get fortifications completed along the Hudson River highlands in 1777, he sought help from an English immigrant who would go on to become a leading citizen in the Mohawk Valley.

Johnstown museum remembers days gone by

Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013
Bob Landrio and his wife, Deb, have created the Town Line Museum on Route 29 in Johnstown, which remembers the 1950s and ’60s with memorabilia ranging from jukeboxes and arcade games to Pez dispensers.

Amsterdam had its own Benedict Arnold

Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013
Amsterdam’s Benedict Arnold died March 3, 1849, and likely was buried at a cemetery on Market Hill, according to research done by historian Christopher Philippo.

Boxers found second home in Speculator

Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013
World heavyweight champion James Joseph “Gene” Tunney trained for his most important fights in Speculator in the Adirondacks in the 1920s.

Remembering 2 who died in the line of duty

Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013
Constable Madison Gage died in the line of duty in Amsterdam 130 years ago this month.

Book tells of Cyrus Durey’s remarkable life

Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013
A descendant of a Fulton County political leader and businessman has used manuscripts written by his ancestor to publish a book called “Frontiersmen of the Adirondacks: Economic Development in Early North America.”

‘Drums Along the Mohawk’ silent for now

Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013
“Drums Along the Mohawk, Outdoor Drama” has canceled four scheduled appearances this summer.

An American spy buried in Charleston

Friday, Aug. 2, 2013
An American double agent in the Revolutionary War who gave his name to a popular restaurant in Saratoga Springs is buried in the Montgomery County town of Charleston.

Windmills a Dutch treat for Amsterdam

Friday, July 26, 2013
Dutch-style windmills have been used to symbolize Amsterdam through the years.

Train wreck more than a curiousity

Saturday, July 20, 2013
Scavengers and other curiosity seekers were a problem for state police when 33 cars of a New York Central freight train derailed two miles east of Fonda at 4 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, 1960.

Civil engineer also had love for history

Saturday, July 13, 2013
C. Robb DeGraff of Amsterdam supervised construction of the 1930 Batchellerville Bridge over the Sacandaga Reservoir.

Rail corridor, river formula for disasters

Saturday, June 29, 2013
Floods and train wrecks are unfortunately common in Mohawk Valley history. A river runs through the valley. And the valley is one of America’s major rail corridors.

Fort Plain Street Fair once tradition

Saturday, June 22, 2013
From 1898 to 1924, the Fort Plain Street Fair was a big event each September.

A favorite story of the West End

Saturday, June 15, 2013
One of my favorite stories in the new West End booklet put out by Historic Amsterdam League has to do with a garden hose and the Spanish American War.

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