Book on Frederick Douglass Family

Local author. Rose O’Keefe, has published a new book of historical fiction, Special Delivery: From One Stop to Another on the Underground Railroad (North Country Books). It  is the story of eleven-year-old Lewis Douglass, son of Frederick Douglass. Lewis hears his father tell the family they are moving from their gracious home on Alexander Street …

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Top Songs of 1964; #19

In 1964 the next song  to go to the top of the record charts was “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” by Manfred Mann. The song was written by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich and originally recorded in 1963, as “Do-Wah-Diddy“, by the US girl group the Exciters. Their version barely made it on the record charts. …

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NY Canals on National Register

Last month, the National Park Service announced that it has listed the New York State Barge Canal on the National Register of Historic Places. The Barge Canal was the widened and in some cases rerouted Erie Canal. The National designation covers the period of 1905 when the canal began being enlarged and 1963 when the …

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Native American Day – Nov. 8th

Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to noon the Greece Historical Society is sponsoring a Native American Day. The event takes place a the Greece Senior and Community (Vincent Tofany Blvd.) an will celebrate the culture of our first inhabitants in the area – the Haudenosaunee (Seneca). At 10:15 Perry Ground will tell stories passed down by …

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Old News – Telephone Upgrade

Some technology news from the past. This story tells of having dials added to a telephone so that a person could connect to another without the use of an operator. THE MONROE COUNTY MAIL Thursday, November 5, 1914 AUTOMATIC TELEPHONE TREMENDOUS SUCCESS IN BUFFALO. Federal Telephone Traffic More Than Doubled by Use of New Wonder …

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National Archives Genealogy Fair 2014

Last week Tuesday through Thursday the US National Archives held a virtual genealogy fair online. Over the three day they presented 17 hour long sessions highlighting some of the things that you can find in the collection of the National Archives. If you missed any of theses sessions, you can now view them at your …

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Top Songs of 1964; #18

The next song to hit the top of the record charts in 1964 was “Oh, Pretty Woman” by Roy Orbison. The song was written by Orbison and Bill Dees. It would be become the largest selling song by Orbison selling over 7 million copies. Orbison was known for wearing black clothes and dark sunglasses making …

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Old News – Bicycles at Night

More news from the past. Hard to believe that bicycles were such a problem 100 years ago. THE MONROE COUNTY MAIL Thursday, October 29, 1914 TRIALS OF NIGHT DRIVING. Bicyclists Should Carry Tail Light at Night for Self Protection. “Ever motorists,” says Mitchell May, secretary of state, “is painfully aware of the fact that the …

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Lecture and Songs of the War of 1812

On Tuesday, Sept. 9th,  the Greece Historical Society will present a lecture and concert by Dave Ruch. He presents a fascinating portrait of the War of 1812 through the songs and stories of the people themselves. Ruch has dug deeply into archival recordings, diaries, old newspapers and other historical manuscripts to unearth a wealth of …

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