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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 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 →

“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 →

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 →

Lansingburgh and the Vermont Republic

Continuation of LETTERS found on board the British Packet, bound to New-York, but taken on her passage and carried into France. Duplicate No. 77. SIR, Whitehall, 7th February, 1781. […] The return of the people of Vermont to their allegiance,… Continue Reading →

President Martin Van Buren in Lansingburgh (1839)

The following is the address of Jacob C. Lansing, Esq. to the President, accompanied with the President’s response, which we were unable to lay before our readers last week; SIR— Delegated by a large and most respectable portion of my… Continue Reading →

Hawkins’ Rocking-Chair Velocipede

☞ VELOCOPEDISTICAL. — Mr. J. E. Hawkins, of Lansingburgh, inventor of the new butter cracker machine, has invented a velocipede, for which he has just secured a patent. —A Mr. Manchester will open a velocipede rink at Rand’s Concert Hall,… Continue Reading →

What the H?

It happens. For much of Lansingburgh’s history, when it had been spelled without an h at the end that had been done in error. For some reason, Troy’s Times Record newspaper starting around 1935 insisted on spelling Lansingburgh without a… Continue Reading →

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