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Second Look: Northern NY History Podcast

Feb 27, 2019

What would you do if you were left at the alter? What would you do if you were left waiting for your future spouse to even set a date? And what if you were left waiting for eight years?

For many unwed brides, the solution 125 years ago was to take it to court. We take a second look at the history of lawsuits for breach...


Feb 22, 2019

In this episode, we talk with reporter Marcus Wolf about his upcoming article on what it's like to live on an island in the winter, in particular on Grindstone Island, where the Times reporting team and the local PBS station spend much of their time.

Marcus Wolf talks about how this story developed, what we found while...


Feb 20, 2019

We talk about the little known history of African Americans in the north country as we explore the Thomas Memorial African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church in Watertown, NY.

The local church congregation played an important role in the Underground Railroad pre-Civil War and continued to reach out and help lead the...


Feb 12, 2019

Feb. 14, 1944: Lipstick, “the scourge of V-mail,” will be tolerated until Valentine’s day, but after that letters to soldier sweethearts with the scarlet imprints will be sent by cargo mail only. Lipstick smears as it passes through the delicate V-mail photographic equipment, and ruins not only the letter on which...


Feb 6, 2019

The Davis Sewing Machine Company was the biggest industry in Watertown, NY, in its time. It started in 1868 and, in less than 10 years, its assets were valued at more than $1 million (more than $17 million in today).

However, few in the area today may be aware of the local history of the Davis Sewing Machine Company and...