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At the Herman Melville House

New Year’s Day confectionery (1851)

To Tom Mills. Here’s a health to thee, Tom Mills— May your shadow never be less; Long may you scatter SUGAR PILLS, Through this Western wilderness. When the air is keen and my nose is cold, Along State Street I… Continue Reading →

Gymnasts’ New Year (1861)

☞ GYMNASIUM.—We understand that Prof. Fields and several members of our Gymnasium, accepted the invitation extended them by Mr. Lally, Secretary of the Lansingburgh Gymnasium, to pay a visit on New Year’s Eve. They returned about 11½ o’clock, well pleased… Continue Reading →

“The Footprints of the Little New Year” by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey (1917)

The Footprints of the Little New Year By Carolyn Sherwin Bailey HE came so softly, when all the children were fast asleep, that not one heard him. There was a loud ringing of bells on the eve of New Year’s… Continue Reading →

The Christmas Cobwebs by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey

The Christmas Cobwebs A German Legend By Carolyn Sherwin Bailey WAY across our big ocean is the Christmas land, Germany. There one can see the wonderful old toymakers at work all the year round, making Christmas dolls and wooden animals… Continue Reading →

Dick Schory, Typee, and Omoo

Dick Schory’s percussive ensemble’s two albums from 1957-1958 featured songs titled after Herman Melville’s first two novels.  A fan?

“The Brush Manufacture of Lansingburgh” (1866)

THE BRUSH MANUFACTURE OF LANSINGBURGH. Everybody knows that the two specialties of the ‘burgh are the brush and oil cloth manufactures, and that the brush business is the specialty par endurence. It was by an accidental circumstance that just fifty… Continue Reading →

“History Humpday: Oil, Bones, and Baleen – NYSM Whaling Artifacts.”

New York State Museum. “History Humpday: Oil, Bones, and Baleen – NYSM Whaling Artifacts.” November 14, 2018.

Trouble with a capital T that rhymes with P that stands for… Pinball?

At least one pinball machine from Lansingburgh was destroyed with a sledgehammer in the Rensselaer County Court House in Troy, and multiple Burghers arrested and tried, part of a four decades-long campaign against the supposed ills the game promoted. PIN… Continue Reading →

Wild Man of the Woods (1870)

☞ The wild man has made his appearance in our midst, and the ghost which was wont to travel at night, and devour costly meals in one of our dwellings has departed. Last week one of our village officials was… Continue Reading →

Identity, or Bust!

In large letters on the cornice will appear the worlds “Literature,” “History,” “Science” and “Mathematics” and over the main entrance, leading from Fifth Avenue, will be “Lansingburgh High School, Erected MCMX.” Busts of Washington and Lincoln will also ornament the… Continue Reading →

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