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.

Railway Express Agency employees Al Munger (on left - Al later became Little Falls fire chief) and Jimmy Fitzgerald (on right) pictured with cages of homing pigeons outside of the company office once housed in the Old Bank Building. Photo courtesy of the Little Falls Historical Society.Railway Express Agency employees Al Munger (on left - Al later became Little Falls fire chief) and Jimmy Fitzgerald (on right) pictured with cages of homing pigeons outside of the company office once housed in the Old Bank Building. Photo courtesy of the Little Falls Historical Society.

The Railway Express Agency and Pigeon Releasing

Sometimes all it takes is a picture or a story to generate a Historical Society writing series piece. Such is the case with this article.
Circa 1914 | Street Car being pulled by horses on Main Street, Dolgeville, New York. Photo courtesy of the Little Falls Historical Society Museum.Circa 1914 | Street Car being pulled by horses on Main Street, Dolgeville, New York. Photo courtesy of the Little Falls Historical Society Museum.

Little Falls Historical Society Museum: This Day in History on April 6, 1903

Louis Ransom, a native of Little Falls, invented the steam street car in 1877, which was the precursor to the electric trolley.
Chorus from 5 Schools Takes Part In Area Music Festival

This day in Mohawk Valley history: April 5

Chorus from 5 Schools Takes Part In Area Music Festival, The Morris Chronicle, April 5, 1962 Morris, Otsego County, New York.
Genesee Street Window Reflections, Utica, NY, April 2020. Digital photograph.Genesee Street Window Reflections, Utica, NY, April 2020. Digital photograph.

After-Hours Tour of New Exhibition featuring Utica-Based Photographer Joshua Ives

Fenimore Art Museum Offers After-Hours Tour of New Exhibition with Utica-Based Photographer Joshua Ives on April 26.
Detroit Publishing Co., Copyright Claimant, and Publisher Detroit Publishing Co. Old Heidelberg. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, .Detroit Publishing Co., Copyright Claimant, and Publisher Detroit Publishing Co. Old Heidelberg. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, .

April 1: All Fools’ Day

Read about, April, 1, All Fools’ day, in the Mohawk Valley as reported in NYS historic newspapers in Herkimer and Fulton Counties.
The Wampum Chronicles by Historian and author, Darren BonaparteThe Wampum Chronicles by Historian and author, Darren Bonaparte

Nia:wen ko:wa, Tehanetorens | Akwesasne Remembers Ray Fadden

The Wampum Chronicles: Nia:wen ko:wa, Tehanetorens | Akwesasne Remembers Ray Fadden by historian and author, Darren Bonaparte.

Mohawk Valley history: March 23, 1909, Little Falls, NY

March 23, 1909: "Busy Times Down the Valley in Digging the Big Canal. The barge canal zone in this city will be a busy place this summer..."
The Wolf Belt from the Wampum Chronicles by Darren Bonaparte

The Wolf Belt

The Wampum Chronicles: The Wolf Belt, The Covenant Chain of Peace and Friendship Returns to Akwesasne by Darren Bonaparte.