Sullivan’s book quotes the Enterprise’s Voorheesville correspondent: “A new fad is taking place in this village. For instance, if a person happens to indulge too much in a certain drink and gets in a comatose condition, some of the ‘smart ones’ applies a mixture of oil and lampblack to their physiognomy.” Sullivan likens this to tarring and feathering on the streets of Voorheesville.

Guilderland’s current supervisor, Peter Barber, noted that McKown had served as the town’s supervisor for just over a decade until 1824 and then, 100 years later, the association was formed. “We’re now here,” said Barber, a century after that.

No sign saying that Schuyler was one of the largest slaveholders in the area would justify the statue’s placement in front of a public hall for a city of citizens that includes many who are descendants of slaves whose labors increased the wealth of the city, the county, the state, and the nation — with no just returns.

 While there is still much to be done, much has been accomplished during the Clarksville Historical Society’s near-decade-long project to preserve preservation 

Asked how she comes up with these untold stories and makes them into compelling narratives, Mary Ellen Johnson said, “I’m like a little beagle following a bunny ….”

History matters. The stories we tell ourselves about our nation or our town can define who we are — as a people and as individuals. As journalists at The Enterprise, we are authors of the first draft of local history. But what gets remembered, plucked out later, selected over time, to create a narrative of who we are?

Legislator Jeff Perlee, of Altamont, says that Albany County should have an especially active role in celebrating the American Revolution, since it was home to many prominent figures of the time, and was also the scene of a battle that could very well have allowed for the colonies’ eventual victory. 

NEW SCOTLAND — By looking to its past, New Scotland may build a brighter future, Alan Kowlowitz believes.

For centuries, a great primeval forest stretched uninterrupted from the Hudson River to Lake Erie. But, after little more than three generations of European development, the landscape was completely transformed.

GUILDERLAND — By a vote of 8 to 1, the school board here decided on Tuesday to call the federal holiday that falls on Oct. 9 this year solely by the name Indigenous Peoples’ Day.


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