Brown Swan Club – Summer Entertainment

On July 24, 2020 I published an article about the Brown Swan Club at Schroon Lake.     I recently received an email from John Iacovino of North Carolina who sent some digital photographs of an orchestra called “The Original University Syncopated Orchestra” of Boston, Massachusetts.     John’s father, Louis Iacovino was the drummer…
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Arto Monoco – Storytown – Old West Town study

Artist and theme park designer Arto Monoco was born November 15, 1913 at Elizabethtown, New York. In addition to doing a study for the train station, Arto also drew water color studies for Old West Town at Storytown USA Family Fun Park, Lake George, New York, now the Great Escape. Arto Monoco was a 1937…
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Arto Monoco – Storytown Train Station

Artist and theme park designer Arto Monoco was born November 15, 1913 at Elizabethtown, New York. He was commissioned by Charles R Wood to design a train station for Storytown USA Family Fun Park, Lake George, New York, now the Great Escape. Arto Monoco was a 1937 graduate of the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY….
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Evidence of Native American presence in Warren County, N.Y.

In 2007 the Society received a donation of an archaeological survey done in the eastern part of Queensbury, New York by the Louis Berger Group, Inc. in preparation for development of an industrial site. The 2005 survey found limited evidence of Native American occupation that would warrant an extensive survey. There appeared to be some…
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Spaces of Cream

While cataloging some new items I came across the term “spaces of cream” in reference to a Superintendents Report to Patrons (dairy farmers) from the Glens Falls Creamery Company. The term “spaces of cream” piqued my interest. The 1894 Connecticut Experiment Station Report pp. 215-216, gives the following definition: Most of the cream gathered by…
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Political Tickets

During election time you often hear someone use the phrase “Who’s running on the ticket?’ Today we receive a barrage of mailings during election season. In earlier days things were much simpler. In the second half of the 19th century, candidates for the major political parties actually printed out “tickets” to hand out to voters….
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Glens Falls and Lake George Plank Road

The Society recently received three new accessions from two collections that I’d like to share with you. The Glens Falls and Lake George Plank Road company was chartered by the State of New York and opened in 1848. It started from near present day Crandall Park and ran north to the village limit of Caldwell…
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Civil War Era Letter

Civil War Era Letter from O.D. Vaughn of Ballston Spa, New York to Asa S. Harris of Queensbury, New York. Letter is in regards to settlement of an estate. In the letter, O.D. Vaughn mentions that he and his wife Emily attended the Inauguration of President Lincoln on March 4, 1865. They spent six days…
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Militia Records of Asa S. Harris of Queensbury, New York

The militia records of Asa S. Harris consist of two certificates of membership dated 9/8/1841 and 9/21/1842. The 9/8/1841 certificate gives the enlistment record date for Asa S. Harris as 9/6/1841. A third document provides a formal notice to Asa S. Harris  of monthly meetings scheduled for August and September, 1844. This document also gives…
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Civil War Letter of John Calvin Welborn

Judy Poirer, one of our members, shared a copy of a Civil War letter of her great-great uncle John Calvin Welborn wrote to his family back home. John was a member of the 45th Regiment, North Carolina Troops. The 45th Infantry Regiment was organized at Camp Magnum, near Raleigh, North Carolina, in April, 1862. During…
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