Unveiling the Mysterious History of Halloween in Albany: 1904-1905

Halloween has a rich history, but have you ever wondered about the origins of Halloween festivities in Albany?  In 1904 and 1905, Halloween in Albany, was a time like no other, with the city undergoing a transformation thanks to a man named Wilbur Judd, the Pressman from the Knickerbocker Express. Hear the fascinating story of how Read more…

Uncovering Albany’s Hidden Gem: The Pastures Neighborhood

**Introduction:** Tucked away within Albany, New York, lies a neighborhood with a history as rich as the city itself, yet often overlooked. Join us on a journey through time as we explore the Pastures Neighborhood, guided by insights from Anthony Opalka’s Hear about Here audio tour and quotations by William Kennedy from his book, “O Read more…

Whaling and Hudson, NY?

Despite being over one hundred miles from the ocean, Hudson in New York’s Hudson Valley owes a debt to the brethren of Moby Dick. David Levine tells the TALE in the HEAR and THEN via HEAR about HERE audio.  Despite being over one hundred miles from the ocean, Hudson in New York’s Hudson Valley owes Read more…

Huguenot Street

Huguenot St. in New Paltz, New York is the Oldest Authentic Street in America: Where is it and who founded it?  Don’t  look to the Pilgrims or Williamsburg for this.  Check out New Paltz in NY’s Hudson Valley founded by the Huguenots.  David Levine tells the TALE in the HEAR and THEN via HEAR about HERE audio.  Image of Read more…

Uncle Sam-did Troy’s favorite son exist?

Sam Wilson-inspiration for or, embodiment of, Uncle Sam – was a meatpacker from Troy, New York.  Uncle Sam has become  a  symbol of the United States, representing American patriotism, independence, and liberty.   Over the years,  he has appeared in political cartoons,  recruitment posters and more. The most famous depiction is the “I Want You” poster created by James Montgomery Flagg Read more…

What’s the Tulipfest in Albany?

So it turns out the Albany Tulipfest is about beautiful Tulips but also so much more. This festival harkens back to Albany’s Dutch past but provides a modern day tribute to Moms everywhere as it is traditionally held the weekend of Mother’s Day. History and Nijmegen Nijmegen in the Netherlands was captured by the Nazis Read more…

Great Chain over the Hudson

The Hudson River was blocked to British ships during the Revolutionary war by a sixty-five-ton iron chain. David Levine tells this TALE in the HEAR and THEN and in his book, The Hudson Valley: The First 250 Million Years”( Bookshop.org  and  Amazon ). The Hudson was seen as a key to victory during the American Read more…

Marking the Historical spot

HEAR about HERE markers have arrived to mark the Historical spot. HaH markers help visitors find historical people, places and events that happened nearby via a quick scan of a QR code on your smartphone. Find HaH markers and listen to Historical TALES about the familiar such as George Washington or the Erie Canal to Read more…

Salina Baker Tells HistoricalTales

Salina Baker tells Historical Tales that transport readers to a different time and place. She is an avid student of American history with a passion all things supernatural. Her books set in the Revolutionary era combine the historical and fantastical. HEAR her tell us Tales of the American Revolution about Joseph Warren, unsung founder father, Read more…