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At the Herman Melville House

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)” https://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?flash=false&doc=61… 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 →

Powers family gardens opposite Powers Park

MANY PRETTY PLACES — In Spite of Drought or Frost Flowers Remain—The Powers Group of Gardens. Lansingburgh is noted for its beautiful lawns and well-kept gardens. They are the pride of its residents and it may be mentioned that there… Continue Reading →

Manumissions 1808-1812

Not many of the early village or town records of Lansingburgh survive. A book of Town of Lansingburgh records covering April 7, 1807 to April 7, 1812 does, however, and in it are a few mentions of early African-American residents… Continue Reading →

“equal political rights and privileges with other citizens, irrespective of color” (1838)

The African-American community of Lansingburgh, though small, was apparently active: LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK. From the Albany Evening Journal […] WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7. […] IN ASSEMBLY. […] PETITIONS PRESENTED AND REFERRED. […] of the colored citizens of… Continue Reading →

“the anguish of his soul” (1788)

Lansingburgh, sadly did have some enslaved people living within its bounds in the Eighteenth Century. Records pertaining to any of Lansingburgh’s residents in its first few decades are limited, records pertaining to any of Lansingburgh’s African-American residents even more so…. Continue Reading →

George Biddle Kelley (1884-1962) engineer, Alpha Phi Alpha cofounder, Troy NAACP cofounder

The Kelley family lived at 1 113th Street in Lansingburgh starting around 1909. George Biddle Kelley lived there until his death in 1862. He attended RPI, graduated from Cornell, co-founded Alpha Phi Alpha at Cornell, was active with the United… Continue Reading →

Walter Bulkley (1828-1900) and his family of musicians

Walter Bulkey had been active with the Hedding Methodist Church and Olivet Presbyterian Church, and in musical performances at the Powers Opera House (also called the Concert Hall) among other venues – as was his second wife and two of… Continue Reading →

Susan Hornbeck (1754-1864?)

A centennarian with ten years to spare, died at Lansingburgh yesterday. Susan Hornbeck, better known as “Aunt Susan,” was her name. She had attained the age of one hundred and ten years. The deceased was a colored woman—born a slave… Continue Reading →

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