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.”
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