Lost Mohawk Valley

Lost Mohawk Valley
– presented by Bob Cudmore –

Date: Saturday, October 17, 2015
Time: 2:00 pm
Place: Schenectady County Historical Society, 32 Washington Ave, Schenectady, NY
Admission: $5.00; free for SCHS members

Life in the Mohawk Valley today is vastly different from generations ago. Long gone are the factory whistles calling workers to their shifts in old mill towns like Amsterdam. Fort Plain still benefits from little-known inventor William Yerdon, and baseball player George Burns, with ties to Gloversville and Utica, was so skilled that fans called left field “Burnsville.”

Few realize that a local artist shared a special bond with musician John Philip Sousa. The Tamarack Playhouse was once the venue of spectacular theatricals, and as time goes on there are fewer alumni to remember Amsterdam’s Bishop Scully High School.

In “Lost Mohawk Valley”, Bob Cudmore shows that while lost, these and other compelling stories no longer need be forgotten.

Join writer, media personality and teacher Bob Cudmore as he explores the lost history of the Mohawk Valley!

Bob Cudmore is the author of four books: “Lost Mohawk Valley,” “Hidden History of the Mohawk Valley,” “Stories from the Mohawk Valley” and “You Can’t Go Wrong: Stories from Nero, N.Y.” A native of Amsterdam, Cudmore’s first project on local history was to co-produce with Steve Dunn the WMHT-TV documentary ”Historic Views of the Carpet City: Amsterdam, N.Y.” in 2000. In addition to writing his weekly Mohawk Valley history column in the Daily Gazette, Focus on History, Cudmore was the narrator of a nationally distributed documentary, “Dangerous Intimacy: The Untold Story of Mark Twain’s Final Years,” he also co-produced or narrated WMHT-TV documentaries on local downtowns and railroads. He has hosted numerous public television discussion programs and voiced the WMHT series “Age Wise.”

For more information, please call 518-374-0263 x 4 or email curator@schenectadyhistorical.org

Fall Foliage Festival

 Schenectady County
Fall Foliage Festival
at Mabee Farm Historic Site
Sunday, October 18, 2015 • 11 am – 4 pm • FREE!

For a celebration of all things fall, visit the Mabee Farm Historic Site on Sunday, October 18, 2015 from 11 am to 4 pm for the annual Schenectady County Fall Foliage Festival, a FREE community event for families, presented in partnership with Schenectady County! Join us for a FREE day of family fun as we celebrate Schenectady County in the fall!

The Fall Foliage Festival features:

Live music all day Three Quarter North, Boxed Hemmond, John and Orion Kribs
Horse-drawn hayrides
Pony rides
Petting zoo
Food & Beer
Birds-of-prey demos with owls and hawks
Border Collie herding demonstrations (@ 12 & 3 pm)
Blacksmithing and woodworking demonstrations
Pumpkin painting
Scarecrow stuffing
Kids’ games and crafts
Craft fair
Historic boats & beer
Nature hikes (@ 1 & 2:30)
“Taste of Schenectady” farmers’ market
Hot cider samples
Bounce house
and much, much more!

This year’s Festival places a special focus on local food! Visitors can explore the new interactive exhibit “Local Eats: What Your Food Says About You!” Also on view is the #schenectadydoesntsuck Instagram photography exhibit, highlighting the diversity and beauty of Schenectady County.We’ll also raise a glass to SCHS past president Merritt Glennon, as we dedicate the Merritt Glennon Heritage Orchard in his memory. Join us at 2 pm in the orchard for a toast in celebration of Merritt’s life and legacy at Mabee Farm.

The Schenectady County Fall Foliage Festival is a partnership between Schenectady County and the Schenectady County Historical Society/Mabee Farm Historic Site, and is made possible through the Schenectady County Initiative Program.

Mabee Farm Historic Site is located at 1100 Main St., Rotterdam Junction, NY 12150.  For more information please visit www.schenectadyhistorical.org or contact Mary Zawacki at 518-887-5073 or curator@schenectadyhistorical.org.