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At the Herman Melville House

Batestown Lyceum (1857)

☞ At the last meeting of the Batestown Lyceum, the Question, “When does a dog turn?” was fully debated. It was decided in the negative, although the referee intimidated that “the case being altered, would have altered the case.” This… Continue Reading →

What Is It?

An item in the basement of the Herman Melville House: what is it?

“Moonlight on Diamond Rock” by William Ross Wallace (1860)

MOONLIGHT ON DIAMOND ROCK.* — BY WILLIAM ROSS WALLACE. — In such a glorious night as this, did COLE, The bard of colors, on this glittering rock Talk with the scenes around, below, above, And for his canvas play the… Continue Reading →

The Tiffany-designed Memorial Fountain (1895)

Lansingburgh Historical Society Trustee Michael Barrett recently gave a lecture on Troy’s Tiffany Windows at the Van Schaick Island Country Club for LHS members and friends. While Troy has Tiffany windows in the public library and in multiple churches, the… Continue Reading →

Lansingburgh Crazy Quilting

An Absorbing Topic. The crazy quilt mania is devastating the Northern cities. The young ladies ask for hat linings, scarfs and even the linings of spike coats. If high-buttoned vests should go out of style the men would have to… Continue Reading →

Lansingburgh’s Part in the World War 1918

The publication Troy’s Part in the World War 1918 didn’t make note of which parts of Troy the people within it were from, such facts being – then and now – trivial in comparison to the work and sacrifice everyone… Continue Reading →

“Where Troy’s Chief Industries Lie” (1890)

Where Troy’s Chief Industries Lie. A facetious but clever correspondent, desiring to show that Lansingburgh owns the majority of Troy’s industries, sends the following account of a school examination in the ‘Burg: Teacher—First female class in geographical location please take… Continue Reading →

Lansingburgh and Troy recognize the imminent United States declaration of war (1917)

The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria on July 28, 1914 was the casus belli for World War I. The United States joined in 1917: “Joint Address to Congress Leading to a Declaration of War Against Germany (1917)”… Continue Reading →

Lansingburgh Entertainment 1830s-1840s

GRAND CONCERT. MR. SHAW Respectfully announces to the inhabitants of Lansingburgh and vicinity, that in compliance with the wishes of many of his friends, he will give a concert of Vocal Music, at the Phoenix Hotel, on Thursday evening next,… Continue Reading →

“Will Become American” (1914)

Will Become American Patrick Michael Whitney of 547 Fifth Avenue, Lansingburgh, a native of Ireland, who was a member of the Queen’s Own Irish Regiment and fought all through the Boer war and who carries the scars of two wounds… Continue Reading →

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