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John Brown National Historic Site, North Elba, NY

John Brown National Historic Site, North Elba, NY

John Brown was the famous abolitionist who — many historians say — was the spark that started the American Civil War. Certainly there were many, many sparks. Harriet Beecher Stowe’s infamous novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” brought shocking awareness to the slave trade. Charles Finney’s Upstate New York revivals stirred the fires of justice and equity […]

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History Comes Alive in Rutger Park, Utica, NY

History Comes Alive in Rutger Park, Utica, NY

I haven’t had this much fun in a long time. What a great event! We attended the 2nd Annual “History Comes Alive!” in Rutger Park, presented by the Landmarks Society of Greater Utica. The event was based on the Civil War, as this year is its 150th anniversary. I intended to spend only an hour […]

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The William Seward House, Auburn, NY: Abolition, John Wilkes Booth, and Manifest Destiny Part 2

The William Seward House, Auburn, NY: Abolition, John Wilkes Booth, and Manifest Destiny Part 2

In Part 1, I talked about my experience walking through Auburn for the first time and learning about William Seward’s early political career and participation in the abolition movement and Underground Railroad (a dangerous venture for the time). William Seward was a very vocal opponent to slavery, so naturally most southerners hated him. Seward refused […]

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West Point Museum, Highland Falls, NY, Part 2

West Point Museum, Highland Falls, NY, Part 2

After surveying the vast and oddly ornate implements of ancient warfare, we strolled through the ages into the realm of “modern” warfare. You can read about our adventure in Part 1. The West Point Museum features many artifacts from the Civil War and the two World Wars. Some of the displays from the Civil War […]

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