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.

The "new woman" and her bicycle - there will be several varieties of her (1895) - F. Opper.

Mohawk Valley history: March 11, 1897

This day in history highlights bicycles, women and fashion in the late 1890s in the wake of the Bicycle Craze.
Portrait of Jane Stanford, before 1905.

Mohawk Valley history: March 9, 1905

Wife of Founder of Leland Stanford University Gave Two a Luxuriously Furnished House For a Year. Her Kindness to an Old Priest. Italian Admirer's Tribute.
Bertha Benz around 1870 courtesy of the Bühler, Mannheim - Automuseum Dr. Carl Benz, Ladenburg.Bertha Benz around 1870 courtesy of the Bühler, Mannheim - Automuseum Dr. Carl Benz, Ladenburg.

International Women’s Day: Bertha Benz

A pioneer during the 1880’s development of the motor car, Bertha Benz saw the great potential of combustion engine vehicles.
Since Colonial planned to haul passengers as soon as the route had been proven by flying mail schedules, it purchased three new Fairchild FC-2 Cabin Mono planes with accommodations for four passengers. It then purchased a fourth aircraft, a Pitcairn PA-5 Super-Mailwing.

Mohawk Valley history: March 8, 1929, Montgomery County, NY

March 1, 1860: Musical Convention Concert at Union Hall, as reported in the Mohawk Valley Register, Fort Plain, NY.

Mohawk Valley history: March 7, 1903, Herkimer, NY

Herkimer newspaper acquires a Thorne simplex unitype typesetting machine on March 7, 1903, as reported in the Herkimer Democrat.
March 6 Car turns turtle injuring three, 1922

This day in Mohawk Valley history: March 6

March 6, 1930: Thirty-five thousand unfit automobiles will be removed from the highways in New York State during the coming year.
Akwesasne's First Newspaper and the "Return" to Traditional Government By Darren BonaparteAkwesasne's First Newspaper and the "Return" to Traditional Government By Darren Bonaparte

Akwesasne’s First Newspaper and the “Return” to Traditional Government

The Wampum Chronicles: “Akwesasne's First Newspaper and the "Return" to Traditional Government“ by cultural historian and author, Darren Bonaparte.
Keppler, Joseph Ferdinand, Artist. Leap-year / J. Keppler. , 1884. N.Y.: Published by Keppler & Schwarzmann. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2012645186/.Keppler, Joseph Ferdinand, Artist. Leap-year / J. Keppler. , 1884. N.Y.: Published by Keppler & Schwarzmann. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2012645186/.

It’s a leap day in a leap year

With a leap year comes the Leap Day, today, February 29. As most are aware, a leap year occurs approximately every four years to accommodate alignment with the astronomical year.