April 4th: “Search for the Jefferson Davis: Trader, Slaver, Raider”
A showing of “Search for the Jefferson Davis: Trader, Slaver, Raider,” a locally produced (Pepe Productions) DVD documentary about the sinking of the Confederacy’s most effective privateer off the coast of St. Augustine, Florida 150 years ago.
Presenter: Joseph Zarzynski, Peter Pepe.
Location: This program will take place at the Church of the King, 685 Bay Road in Queensbury, NY 12804. (across from SUNY Adirondack)
Confederate ship, The Jefferson Davis
May 16th: “Who Lived Here Before the Europeans Came? Native Americans of Warren County”
Presented by: presentation by Dr. Paul Derby at Glens Falls City Hall, 3rd floor. The program will explore how indigenous cultures used the landscape of Warren County for travel, trade, hunting and foraging for centuries before the Dutch, French and English came to the region. The program will also compare and contrast the radically different worldviews of indigenous cultures and Euro-Americans regarding the natural environment.
Location: Glens Falls City Hall, 42 Ridge Street Glens Falls, NY 12801, Third Floor Meeting Room.
Come see actual 3,000 – 5,000 year-old artifacts unearthed at the site of the Great Escape Water Lodge in 2004-2005!!!
Paul Derby is a professor of anthropology at Castleton College of Vermont. He earned a Master’s and PhD in Anthropology from Syracuse University, a B.A. in Psychology from the State University of New York, Oneonta, and an A.S. from Adirondack Community College. He is graduate of Hudson Falls High School and now resides in Queensbury. Professor Derby has presented and published on environmental and cultural sustainability and experiential education.
King Hendrick Theyanoguin
July 18th: “Fred Thatcher & Francis Bayle: Photos of the Late 19th and Early 20th Century, in and around Warren County, with a focus on Bolton Landing and Lake George.”
Presenters: Bob Bayle and Ted Caldwell
Location: The Bolton Community Center is in the Bolton Conservation Park at 56 Edgecomb Pond Road Bolton Landing, NY 12814
August 29th: – “Special program on the Edward Eggleston collection.”
Presented by: Joe Dawson.
Location: North Queensbury Firehouse 2663 State Route 9L, Cleverdale, NY 12820 (North Queensbury on Lake George)
Edward Eggleston, 1837-1902
September 19th: “Hello Mountain and the Dam That Wasn’t Built
A presentation on the proposed dam on the Schroon River north of Warrensburg to make the Great Schroon Lake, a proposed project by dam builders and Glens Falls entrepreneurs Eugene Ashley and Elmer West. Adirondack Life will carry Mike’s article about this in 2012.
Presented by: Mike Prescott
Location: Chestertown Municipal Center, Route 9, Chestertown, NY 12817
Schroon River Falls/Rapids
November 14th, 2012, 7PM-9PM: “Vignettes: The War of 1812 in Warren County.”
Unlike the French and Indian War and the American Revolutionary War, Warren County was not the site of a lot of direct action or battles connected with the War of 1812. Yet it did see some action, and records show a number of early residents served in this war – many participating in the Battle of Plattsburgh or serving on the Niagara Frontier. Other War of 1812 veterans received land in the county and small pensions in return for their service.
Often called “The Forgotten War,” the War of 1812 was huge in scope, with major battles taking place along rivers and lakes in the developing American landscape, from Lake Champlain and the St. Lawrence River to Chesapeake Bay, Detroit and New Orleans. It began only 20 years after the American colonists won their independence battle for independence. This new country must have been vulnerable, yet took on Great Britain for a second time, this time with a strong focus on gaining control over our domestic shores, lakes and rivers. “Vignettes” was designed to encourage Warren County Historical Society members and area amateur historians to explore and discover more about this “Forgotten War.”
Presenters: The program will begin with an overview of the War of 1812 by Keith Herkalo, Plattsburgh City Clerk, who is a research catalyst behind the archeological rediscovery of the 1812 camp known as Pike’s Cantonment, and author of The Battles of Plattsburgh, September 11, 1814. Following this overview, Dr. Marilyn Van Dyke will present three vignettes: one involving her ancestor Benjamin Stark, early Washington County settler and veteran of the War of 1812; another on the spotted fever affecting soldiers quartered on Queensbury, and the story of Betsey Doyle who served on the Niagara Frontier and later walked across New York State to settle in this region. Dr. Stan Cianfarano will present a story on “Old Ironsides.”
Location: Glens Falls City Hall, Ridge Street – Glens Falls, Community Room – Third Floor
War of 1812: Battle of Plattsburgh Monument
This is the last in the 2012 Programs presented by the Warren County Historical Society. All programs are free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served after the presentations.