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.

Benjamin Franklin opening first subscription library in Philadelphia. Photograph of a painting by Charles E. Mills, between 1900 and 1912. cFranklin Foundation. Detroit Publishing Company. Prints & Photographs Division

This day in history: November 14

On November 14, 1732, The Library Company of Philadelphia founded by Benjamin Franklin, signed a contract with its first librarian.
Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Armistice day parade

This day in history: November 11

On November 11, 1954, the United States designates Veterans Day, previously Armistice Day, to honor veterans of all U.S. wars.
Nov 10 Wampum Chronicles Louis Cook: A French and Indian Warrior

Louis Cook: A French and Indian Warrior

This week’s Wampum Chronicles continues with, “ Louis Cook: A French and Indian Warrior” by Darren Bonaparte.
Letter, Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Banneker expressing his belief that blacks possess talents equal to those of "other colours of men," 30 August 1791.

This day in history: November 9

On November 9, 1731, Mathematician and astronomer Benjamin Banneker was born in Ellicott’s Mills, Maryland. Largely self-taught, Banneker was one of the first African Americans to gain distinction in science.

Was Akwesasne’s “Burnt Church” a Sacrifice to Peace?

This week’s Wampum Chronicles continues with, “Was Akwesasne’s “Burnt Church: a Sacrifice to Peace?” by Darren Bonaparte.

This day in history: November 1

On November 1, we begin National Native American Heritage Month with a PBS Newshour video to learn about The Akwesasne Freedom School.
Circa 1911 Italian Immigrant workers of the Little Falls - Dolgeville RailroadCirca 1911 Italian Immigrant workers of the Little Falls - Dolgeville Railroad

From the LFHS Cooney Archives: Italian immigrants find their way to Little Falls

This Day In History …” On November 1, 1891, forty-eight Italians arrived in Little Falls from Buffalo, NY to work on the Little Falls – Dolgeville Railroad.
Wampum Chronicles The Treaty of Kahnawake of 1760

The Treaty of Kahnawake of 1760

This week’s Wampum Chronicles continues with, “ “The Treaty of Kahnawake of 1760” at the Treaty of Kahnawake” by Darren Bonaparte.