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A History of The Vale:
In the 19th century, Vale Cemetery was established in rural Schenectady, removed from the hustle and bustle of a busy city. As the "City that Lights and Hauls the World" grew around it, it retained its beautiful landscaping and become the permanent home to many of the city's, state's and country's movers and shakers, including leading industrialists, inventors, scientists, politicians, academicians and professional athletes.
The Hop Farmer’s Year: The Seasons, Tools & Methods
In the 19th century, New York State experienced a “Golden Age” of hop growing. The Empire State was an agricultural powerhouse that produced almost 90% of the hop crop of the United States. But the sixty-year dominance of this market was achieved by vast numbers of small, independent hop growers. What were the methods and tools they used to do this? What caused New York to relinquish its leadership in this lucrative, but labor-intensive market?
The Ghost of Billy Masterson & Other Thousand Islands Tales
In these Thousand Islands Tales you’ll share a ghostly adventure through space and time that fulfills a River Rat’s deepest desire; an encounter with a shipwreck that will change a river matron’s life forever; some unique Thousand Islands history as understood by a thoughtful teen; a dangerous thrill-ride that strengthens the bond between two cousins; a Christmas morning birth in the most unlikely of circumstances; the end-of-life reminiscences of a wealthy Thousand Islands aristocrat; and a River Rat’s history-making journey home.
On the Trail of Henry Hudson and Our Dutch Heritage
In 2009 Marvin Bubie compiled his book about exploring the Dutch heritage of New York State through the seals of cities, towns, and villages along the Hudson Valley. This full-color Second Edition has been revised and expanded and covers the area from Long Island to Montgomery County in the Upstate Region. This is an interesting book for both kids and adults, and makes an excellent classroom resource.
The Oneonta Fair
From 1873 to 1927 the bustling railroad town of Oneonta hosted the second largest fair in New York State. Peppered with colorful characters and a sense of nostalgia, the story of the Oneonta Fair has been recovered by author and historian Jim Loudon, who has collected images, facts, and personal memories from those who can still recall this fond chapter in Oneonta’s history.
Serendipity in Science: Twenty Years at Langmuir University
When Vincent Schaefer left high school in 1922 at the age of 16 to help support his family, little did he know that he was about to embark upon one of the most astounding careers in the world of science. His natural curiosity and love of nature led him in several directions, and he became an expert in archaeology, atmospheric science, ecology, geology, and many other fields. He was also an avid skier and hiker, and was instrumental in establishing many of upstate New York's natural preserves and ski areas.
For None Can Rank Above Thee:
“Wow! Pullyblank has written a book that took me on a good trip down memory lane. I couldn't stop reading until I was finished.”
Mike Monacelli, Red Raiders varsity coach, 1988-2010
Laurina's Kitchen: Generations of Heirloom Dishes from the Ecobelli Family
Laurina’s Kitchen is a collection of recipes, memories, and stories inspired by the authors' grandmother Laurina Ecobelli. Laurina (Laura), along with their grandfather Donata (Dan), and their father Ralph, operated Ecobelli’s Tam O’Shanter Inn on Route 50 in Ballston Spa for over 40 successful years. This lively and entertaining cookbook contains the heirloom family recipes for many of the popular dishes for which ”The Tam” was famous. Also featured are recipes from close friends and other members of the Ecobelli family. A colorful and eclectic mix of ephemera help to bring this Upstate New York institution back to life.
Wobbling Home: A Spiritual Walk with Parkinson's
"Wobbling Home wryly and gently portrays Jim Atwell’s “joint venture” with Parkinson’s disease in a personal, candid and positive manner."
-- Dr. William Streck, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bassett Healthcare Network
"Don't for a moment think this is a book about Parkinson's. It is so much more -- a primer on life, a glimpse into a remarkable and resilient soul."
-- Philip Gulley, author of The Evolution of Faith
Otsego County in the Civil War:
This collection of letters, memoirs, newspaper articles and diary entries, from Otsego County in central New York, was first gathered together in 2005, and has now been revised and greatly expanded for the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War.
Napoleon's Gold: A Legend of the Saint Lawrence River
"This novel is at once a page-turner and a work within which the author's musings and reflections on life, death and religion will leave the reader deeply moved."
-- Warren Roberts, Ph.D., University at Albany
"Pullyblank helps to raise the bar of Thousand Islands culture."
-- Susan Smith, Editor, www.ThousandIslandsLife.com
Electric Lake: Oneonta's Forgotten Gem
In 1954, New York State Electric & Gas ceased operations at their Oneonta, New York hydro-electric power plant and drained a 50-acre pond known affectionately to area residents as "Electric Lake." Today, as motorists speed through Oneonta on I-88, only a stream remains of this largely forgotten gem of Oneonta's past.
Oneonta in Olden Time & Bits of Oneonta History:
Arguably the most important presence in the history of Oneonta, New York, Harvey Baker was a prolific writer who contributed to several Otsego County papers throughout his life. In 1892 and 1893, he wrote a series of sixty-three articles for the Oneonta Herald, his account of how Oneonta evolved from aboriginal lands to frontier settlements, a bustling village, and eventually to a railroading powerhouse.
Cornflower's Ghost: An Historical Mystery
"... a vastly entertaining novel ... that pulls you in and keeps you thinking long after you've turned the last page ..."
-- Brian Carso Jr., Misericordia University
"... a vivid reminder that the past is always with us, and it profoundly affects how we live in the present and how we shape the future ..."
-- Paul D'Ambrosio, New York State Historical Association
Middlefield and the Settling of the New York Frontier: A Case Study of Development in Central New York, 1790-1865
"Reisen writes knowingly of a hundred intriguing themes ..."
-- Wayne Franklin, University of Connecticut
"... an admirable model of how to research and interpret the history of even the smallest communities ..."
-- Brian Carso Jr., Misericordia University
"... a key reference source for the study of ... upstate New York ..."
-- Harry Bradshaw Matthews, Hartwick College
Otsego Lodge No. 138, F & A. M., Cooperstown, New York:
First chartered by the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York in 1795, this Masonic lodge has existed for over two centuries as part of the very fabric of one of America’s most scenic and legendary villages. Reproducing three official histories not previously made available to the public and illustrated with photographs, this book was compiled with new writings and commentary by the Otsego Lodge historian, and presents a vivid portrait of the Masonic fraternity’s involvement in American community life.
My Dad is a Freemason
"... a concept that is long overdue." -- Stephen Dafoe, TheLodgeRoom.com
"The idea behind this book is great... it is a powerful idea."
-- Jim Tresner, The Scottish Rite Journal
"... explains Freemasonry really effectively in a non-threatening manner ... My friends and family thought it was the coolest thing."
-- Andrew Horn, MastersJewel.com
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