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Hosts Kelly Burdick and Christina Knott return to the pages of history for stories that still matter today.

May 29, 2019

After reading in a historical newspaper entry about a man who disappeared after the Civil War, leaving his family destitute, Christina and Kelly decided to look into the mental trauma that affected soldiers returning home and how our understanding of this has changed.

Military and medical officials in the 1860s had...


Apr 17, 2019

April 22, 1869: Black River looses one bridge and one saw mill by the freshet. In Dexter, we hear the village is afloat, and that some people can’t get out of their houses, on account of the freshet.

The Great Flood of 1869 roared through communities in the north country 150 years ago, destroying bridges, business and...


Apr 15, 2019

Charles “Huckleberry Charlie” Sherman, born on Feb. 15, 1842, in Watertown was a conspicuous figure of the north country, with a reputation that continues to intrigue local historians.

Join Christina Knott and special guest host Dennis O'Brien as we discuss this colorful character.

 Intro/Outro music from Lithics....


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 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...