Mohawk Valley History

Writing Series

Read articles written by historians from throughout the Mohawk Valley region. Contact us if you have a story idea or local historian that you would like to see published in our writing series.

From the Land of Flint to the Land Where the Partridge Drums

The Wampum Chronicles continue with the first part of the Migration from the Mohawk Valley to Kahnawake and Akwesasne. The Mohawks used this area in ancient times for both permanent and seasonal occupation.

Land Where The Partridge Drums

Land Where The Partridge Drums: A History of the Akwesasne Mohawk Nation by Darren Bonaparte originally published in the Indian Time, November 12, 1993

Eagle Down by John Frazier

Donnie Coffin was somewhat of an enigma. Those who remember him recall him as an easygoing guy, but not many people have vivid memories of him.

Darren Bonaparte’s “The Wampum Chronicles” Writing Series

We are so excited to announce the upcoming writing series featuring "The Wampum Chronicles by historian, author and artist, Darren Bonaparte.

Little Falls Philanthropy by Louis W. Baum

What did wealthy people do with their money? Some spent lavishly on themselves and their families caring little for their fellow man; others were philanthropic. Over the years, the citizens of Little Falls have greatly benefited in many different ways from the philanthropy of several of its leading residents who lived here in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Bygone Little Falls winters of skiing and sledding by Jeffrey Gressler

Decades before there was a Pine Ridge ski center in Salisbury or a Shu-maker Mountain ski area outside Little Falls, generations of Little Falls winter sports enthusiasts skied and sledded down the vertical drops that typify our steep, narrow Mohawk Valley topography. Others enjoyed skating on the frozen canal and ice rinks. Times were different in the age before television and computers provided time diversions and snowmobiles proved to be so popular.

This day in history: December 19 in Herkimer, NY

On December 19, 1888, it was announced another knitting mill would be in the Herkimer Manufacturing Company brick building.

US submarine chasers stop in Little Falls

From the Cooney Archives: On December 17, 1917, A good number of recently built US submarine chasers, moving down the canal, stopped in Little Falls on their way to New York City.