A New York Minute In History A New York Minute In History is a podcast about the history of New York and the unique tales of New Yorkers. It is hosted by Devin Lander, the New York State Historian, and Don Wildman. Jim Levulis is the producer. A New York Minute In History is a production of the New York State Museum, WAMC Northeast Public Radio and Archivist Media. Support for the project comes from The Pomeroy Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and a Humanities New York Action Grant.
A New York Minute In History

A New York Minute In History

From WAMC Northeast Public Radio

A New York Minute In History is a podcast about the history of New York and the unique tales of New Yorkers. It is hosted by Devin Lander, the New York State Historian, and Don Wildman. Jim Levulis is the producer. A New York Minute In History is a production of the New York State Museum, WAMC Northeast Public Radio and Archivist Media. Support for the project comes from The Pomeroy Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and a Humanities New York Action Grant.

Most Recent Episodes

The Story Behind 1969's Woodstock Music Festival

Now regarded as one the most iconic cultural expressions of American society, the Woodstock festival of 1969 served to encapsulate the spirit of the 1960s counterculture movement. Despite Woodstock's continued popularity 50 years after it was first held, the complexities that led to its creation and lasting social impacts are often overlooked. On this episode of A New York Minute In History, co-hosts Devin Lander and Lauren Roberts speak with author Mark Berger, Karen Quinn – the Senior Art Curator at the New York State Museum, art collector Arthur Anderson, and Wade Lawrence – the museum director of the Museum at Bethel Woods, about various aspects of Woodstock such as its lesser known origin story, its role as an emblem of counterculture, and it's often-overlooked connection to the Woodstock Arts Colony. The episode also includes a compilation of archival WAMC interviews with some of the performers and organizers of the 1969 Woodstock festival. https://wamcpodcasts.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/WoodstockFinalPodcast.mp3 Woodstock Festival The idea of the now iconic Woodstock festival of 1969 was originally conceived by four men from New York City named Michael Lang, Artie Kornfeld, John Roberts, and Joel Rosenman. Lang and Kornfeld both held experience in the music industry with Lang having headed the Miami Pop Festival of 1968 and Kornfeld having served as the youngest vice president at Capitol Records. Roberts and Rosenman were wealthy New York entrepreneurs interested in making a new investment. When they combined forces, the idea was proposed to create a recording studio in Woodstock, NY under the name Woodstock Ventures. Mark Goff, public domain Woodstock, NY had been known as a popular center for artists long before the existence of Woodstock Ventures. The rural town was regarded as reflecting the "back-to-the-land" spirit that was becoming increasingly popular in the 1960s and attracted famous musicians, such as Bob Dylan and Van Morrison, seeking a peaceful place to create. In order for Woodstock Ventures to fund their recording studio, they decided to host a concert. Although the fundraiser would be named for the town of Woodstock, due to a series of issues faced by the organizers, the festival would actually take place more than 50 miles away. Finding a suitable location to host the festival proved to be one of the biggest challenges facing the promoters. Due to there being no suitable locations in the small town of Woodstock, the group began looking in neighboring areas. Although they were able to find several possible locations, Woodstock Ventures received pushback from local communities. At one point they tried to secure a spot in Saugerties, NY only to be refused a permit and later tried to host the event in Wallkill, NY but were denied once again. Fair Use The group's luck changed upon meeting Elliot Tiber. Tiber initially offered the land of his parent's motel for the group to use, however, this was turned down as the site was deemed unacceptable for the large crowds expected. Tiber then suggested meeting with a real estate agent from the area as they would know of more suitable places nearby. This idea eventually connected Woodstock Ventures with Max Yasgur, the owner of a large dairy farm in Bethel, NY. Yasgur agreed to let his farm be used in exchange for a reported $50,000. Despite the event not being held in Woodstock, it continued to be advertised under the name of the town. Due to the festival's official title being, "Woodstock Music and Art Fair presents: An Aquarian Exposition" which would be shortened and popularized by the media simply as "Woodstock." Woodstock Arts Colony In certain circles, Woodstock was already iconic well before 1969. In 1902, The Byrdcliffe Arts Colony was founded near Woodstock by Jane Byrd McCall and Ralph Radcliffe Whitehead and became the first intentionally created year-round arts colony in the nation. Now the oldest arts and crafts colony in the United States, Byrdcliffe was originally formed in opposition to the popular industrialization movement of the early twentieth century and has continued to serve as a home for American counterculture. Byrdcliffe Arts Colony is located just outside the town of Woodstock on the side of Mount Guardian, surrounded by the Catskill Mountains. Its environment has attracted a variety of artists, writers, and musicians seeking to find inspiration in their surroundings. Many of the early events and people within the colony have inspired the actions of later generations. In 1915, the first Maverick Festival was put on by Hervey White, founder of the Maverick Community. The festival was a one-night event featuring music, dancing, and costumes. It became increasingly popular in the community and continued for several years before being shut down due to attracting too many people. It has often been regarded as a forerunner to the Woodstock Festival of 1969. In conjunction with the growing music scene of the colony, the creation of art also flourished. One of the most prominent artists was George Bellows who spent his first summer in the arts colony in 1920. Bellows belonged to the Ashcan school and often created realistic works, as opposed to more popular academic approaches of the time. In fact, the arts colony became known for encouraging diversity within artistic styles, leading to a wide range of creations produced there. Art collector Arthur Anderson recently donated 1500 objects from almost 200 artists who lived in the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony to the New York State Museums, "Historic Woodstock Art Colony Exhibit" which will be running from November 10, 2018 to December 31, 2019. Public Domain Thanks to author Mark Berger, Karen Quinn of the New York State Museum, art collector Arthur Anderson, and Wade Lawrence of the Museum at Bethel Woods for their help with this episode. Sara Casazza, an intern at the New York State Museum, contributed to this episode. Music used in Episode 8 of A New York Minute In History includes "Begrudge" by Darby, "Hash Out" by Sunday at Slims and "Kid Kodi" by Skittle. The oral history of Woodstock drawn from WAMC interviews with Wavy Gravy, Graham Nash, Melanie, Michael Lang, Stephen Stills, Robbie Robertson of the Band, Richie Havens, Arlo Guthrie, Leslie West of Mountain and Pete Townshend of the Who included the following songs: "Going Up The Country" by Canned Heat, "With A Little Help From My Friends" by Joe Cocker, "For What It's Worth" by Stephen Stills, "Freedom" by Richie Havens, "Coming Into Los Angeles" by Arlo Guthrie, "Blood of the Sun" by Mountain, "Lay Down" by Melanie and "Woodstock" by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. A New York Minute In History is a podcast about the history of New York and the unique tales of New Yorkers. It is hosted by Devin Lander, the New York State Historian. WAMC's Jim Levulis is the producer. A New York Minute In History is a production of the New York State Museum, WAMC Northeast Public Radio and Archivist Media. Support for this podcast comes from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation®, which helps people celebrate their community's history by providing grants for historic markers and plaques. Since 2006, the Foundation has expanded from one to six different signage grant programs, and funded over 875 signs across New York State and beyond ... all the way to Alaska! With all these options, there's never been a better time to apply. The Foundation's programs in the Empire State include commemorating national women's suffrage, historic canals, sites on the National Register of Historic Places, New York State's history, and folklore and legends. Grants are available to 501(c)(3) organizations, nonprofit academic institutions, and municipalities. To apply for signage at no cost to you, or to learn more about the Foundation's grant programs, visit WGPfoundation.org. This program is also funded in part by Humanities New York with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this podcast do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

100 Years Of New York's Local Government Historians Law

One hundred years ago, on April 11, 1919, New York Governor Al Smith signed the "Historians Law." The first law of its kind in the United States, the Historians Law allowed for every village, town, and city in the state to have an official historian to gather and preserve historical records. On this episode of A New York Minute In History, host and New York State Historian Devin Lander is joined by Clifton Park Historian John Scherer, Saratoga County Historian Lauren Roberts, and former Broome County Historian and past president of the Association of Public Historians of New York State Gerald Smith to discuss the role of local historians and the integral part they play in their communities. For those interested in learning more about the Historians Law, click here. (more...)

The Story Behind New York City's Water Supply

A reservoir system capacity of 570 billion gallons. A watershed area that covers 1.2 million acres. And a supply that is 90 percent unfiltered. The parameters of New York City's drinking water infrastructure are astounding, but the story behind the system is much more fascinating. It's a tale that involves engineering feats, colliding cultures and even Aaron Burr. On this episode of A New York Minute In History, co-hosts Devin Lander and Don Wildman detail how water from the Hudson Valley saved New York City and allowed it to be become the financial and cultural capital of the world. (more...)

Capital Region History Day

On this special episode of A New York Minute In History, we come to you from the New York State Museum in Albany. The occasion is Capital Region History Day as more than 100 students from area schools displayed their projects in hopes of making it to New York State History Day in Cooperstown on April 29. (more...)

Al Smith, FDR And The Progressive Movement

On this episode of A New York Minute In History, co-hosts Devin Lander and Don Wildman examine how two New Yorkers – Al Smith and Franklin Delano Roosevelt – influenced the Progressive Era of the early 20th century. The episode also explores how the administrations of Smith and Roosevelt shaped modern day politics and the role of government. (more...)

A New Future For The New York History Journal

On this special edition of A New York Minute In History we discuss an exciting development regarding the New York History Journal. Starting this year, Cornell University Press will publish the century-old journal. Working in association with an editorial team at the New York State Museum, the Press will expand the scope of the journal to include public history and museum studies. Podcast co-host Devin Lander, the New York State Historian, is joined by Dr. Jennifer Lemak, Chief Curator of History at the New York State Museum, and Michael McGandy, Senior Editor and Director of Three Hills, an imprint of Cornell University Press, for a discussion about the Journal's fresh start. https://wamcpodcasts.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NY-History-Journal-Convo.mp3 If you are interested in submitting an article for review to the New York History Journal, you can email nyhj@nysed.gov. Click here to find the submission guidelines, the Journal's Advisory Board members and more information. Music used in this episode of A New York Minute In History includes "When The Boys Come Home" composed by Oley Speaks. Check in with A New York Minute In History on Twitter or email anyminuteinhistory@gmail.com. A New York Minute In History is a podcast about the history of New York and the unique tales of New Yorkers. It is hosted by Devin Lander, the New York State Historian, and Don Wildman. Jim Levulis is the producer. A New York Minute In History is a production of the New York State Museum, WAMC Northeast Public Radio and Archivist Media. Support for this podcast comes from The William G. Pomeroy Foundation, which helps people celebrate their community's history by providing grants for historic markers and plaques. Since 2006, the Foundation has expanded from one to six different signage grant programs, and funded over 700 signs across New York State and beyond ... all the way to Alaska! With all these options, there's never been a better time to apply. The Foundation's programs in the Empire State include commemorating national women's suffrage, historic canals, sites on the National Register of Historic Places, New York State's history, and folklore and legends. Grants are available to 501(c)(3) organizations, nonprofit academic institutions, and municipalities. To apply for signage at no cost to you, or to learn more about the Foundation's grant programs, visit WGPfoundation.org. The project is also sponsored by a Humanities New York Action Grant with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Dutch And New Netherland

The Jansson-Visscher map of the American Northeast first published by Adriaen van der Donck. Public Domain. Wikipedia. On the fourth episode of A New York Minute In History, we detail Henry Hudson's exploration of what would become the Empire State and how his journey up the aptly named Hudson River led to the Dutch settlement of New Netherland. Join us as we explore how the Dutch colony differed from its counterparts in New England and Virginia via relative tolerance, a multi-ethnic population and free trade. (more...)

The Erie Canal: Compressing Time And Distance

Ground-Breaking Ceremony by J. Erwin Porter, ca. 1960. The first shovel of dirt was ceremoniously overturned outside Rome, NY on July 4, 1817. Credit: NYS Museum On the third episode of A New York Minute In History we explore the Empire State's most ambitious engineering feat...the Erie Canal. Completed in 1825, it transformed New York and the nation by compressing time and distance, providing the fuel for an explosion of commerce, communication and social change. To learn more about the Erie Canal and its impact, check out the New York State Museum's latest exhibit on the waterway. https://wamcpodcasts.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Episode-3-with-support-message.mp3 Thanks to Brian Stratton and John Callaghan of the New York State Canal Corporation, Brad Utter of the New York State Museum, Jim Hendler of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as well as authors Carol Sheriff and Jack Kelly for all of their help with this episode. New York Harbor, photograph, ca. 1880. View of New York Harbor with Castle Garden in the background. Credit: NYS Museum Music used in Episode 3 of A New York Minute In History includes "When The Boys Come Home" composed by Oley Speaks and "Low Bridge, Everybody Down" performed by Edward Meeker and written by Thomas Allen. Check in with A New York Minute In History on Twitter or by emailing anyminuteinhistory@gmail.com. A New York Minute In History is a podcast about the history of New York and the unique tales of New Yorkers. It is hosted by Devin Lander, the New York State Historian, and Don Wildman. Jim Levulis is the producer. A New York Minute In History is a production of the New York State Museum, WAMC Northeast Public Radio and Archivist Media. Erie Canal in Waterford, NY Support for this program comes from The William G. Pomeroy Foundation, which helps people celebrate their community's history by providing grants for historic signage. It's a great time for canals! This year marks the 100th anniversary of the New York State Barge Canal. And we're in the midst of a multi-year bicentennial celebration for the Erie Canal. Now, with all the excitement, the Pomeroy Foundation has launched a new nationwide signage program to promote cultural tourism and commemorate the history of transportation canals. Markers will be placed at existing or former canal sites all the way across the United States. To apply for a fully funded grant or to learn more about the Foundation's signage programs, visit: WGPfoundation.org. The project is also sponsored by a Humanities New York Action Grant with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Women's Rights Movement: From Seneca Falls To Today

Credit: New York State Library, Manuscripts and Special Collections, BRO0119+ The second episode of A New York Minute In History explores the Women's Rights Movement from the Seneca Falls Convention in Central New York in 1848 to equality matters being debated today. We explore the Movement's progress through the lineage of Coline Jenkins, the great-great granddaughter of suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Jenkins, a women's rights activist in her own right, has a family tree that touched nearly every major women's rights milestone in the 19th century and beyond. https://wamcpodcasts.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Episode-2-7-30-18.mp3 (more...)

Spirits Of Sacrifice

The first episode of A New York Minute In History explores the lives of Henry Johnson and Tommy Hitchcock Jr., World War I heroes with ties to New York. Through interviews with family members, historians and others, we follow Johnson and Hitchcock to the trenches and airfields of Europe and beyond. We explore how both men are shaped by their upbringings and the color of their skin. We examine how each is celebrated and remembered in different ways because of their actions and the social practices of the early 20th century to today. (more...)

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