Monday, Nov. 18, 2013
They stood silently at bus stops; they cried openly in the streets. They said prayers inside local houses of worship and listened as church bells rang late into the afternoon. America's president, John F. Kennedy, had just been assassinated. Three days later, government agencies and many businesses were closed and houses of worship held memorial services on the day JFK was buried.
Friday, Nov. 15, 2013
Before the middle of the 19th century, professor Melinda Lawson will argue, most Americans didn’t appreciate their national history.
Monday, Nov. 11, 2013
Photos of Alexander "Red" DeMarco’s 41st birthday party from 1953 appeared in the Oct. 28 edition of Capital Region Scrapbook, but their were no IDs. We asked for help in picking people out in the birthday pictures and three other photographs. More than a dozen people telephoned or emailed names of their relatives and friends.
Monday, Nov. 4, 2013
Joseph S. Hoffman, Roger P. Kambour and W. Edward Antkowiak were all smiles on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 1963. It was Election Night, and the three Democrats had just won seats on the Schenectady County Board of Supervisors. Their victories helped give Democrats majority control of the board. Democrats also took over City Hall 50 years ago.
Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013
For Civil War enthusiasts, it doesn’t get any better than James McPherson and Harold Holzer. Listening to them talk history is akin to lovers of 19th century literature eavesdropping on Dickens and Tolstoy.
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013
For women trying to break new ground in the 19th century, change didn’t come easily. The life of Civil War surgeon Mary Walker is a perfect example.
Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013
New owners Mark Young and Lori Selden will open up Mexican Radio, a restaurant specializing in Mexican cuisine, in the old Imperial building at State and Broadway in Schenectady, a building that has stood for a century and a half.
Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013
A quick glance at the long and varied life of Mordecai Myers convinced Neil Yetwin this was somebody worth spending a lot of time with. “Someone mentioned to me that Schenectady once had a Jewish mayor back in the 19th century, and I thought that was mildly interesting,” said Yetwin, a history teacher at Schenectady High School.
Monday, Oct. 21, 2013
People in the Capital Region might remember the Fabian Plaza Theater at 617 State St. Or the Union-Fern furniture store at 260 State — both left Schenectady’s downtown scene decades ago.
Monday, Oct. 14, 2013
Dan DiNicola needed a date for a wedding in October 1978. He asked eight people. DiNicola was then film critic for the Schenectady Gazette and would often receive letters from people commenting on his work. Just for fun, he decided to ask some of his correspondents to watch a movie with him.
Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013
"The first American he ever saw fell out of the sky,” Donald S. Connery writes in the introduction to “L’Americain: A Photojournalist’s Life,” the memoir of professional photographer John Launois.
Monday, Oct. 7, 2013
“We sold furniture, draperies, men’s and ladies’ clothing, jewelry — full jewelry department — complete appliance department. It was a mini Macy’s," Howard Marwill says of the heyday of Breslaw's. Marwill of Niskayuna, grandson of store founder Jay Breslaw.
Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013
Lori Armour and her young friends walk by miSci — Schenectady’s Museum of Innovation and Science — every day after school. On a sunny, early autumn day, Armour and the kids took a closer look at the locomotive that has become a colorful, formidable landmark on Nott Terrace Heights.
Monday, Sept. 30, 2013
Members of Niskayuna's Class of '63 are set to gather and reminisce this weekend for their 50-year reunion.
Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013
The Capitol at the top of the hill may be where legislation becomes law, but it’s often at the bottom of the hill, Jack’s Oyster House, where bills are born.