Rangers Respond to Wildfires, Lost Child, Wilderness Rescues

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents throughout New York State. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people. What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of ​​recent missions … Read more

A South Vietnamese Paratrooper Shares His Story

In 1966, the Airborne Division of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam, or ARVN, was formed with 12,000 troops. An elite unit, it conducted airborne assaults and airmobile operations throughout the war. Known for their distinctive red beret, called “Mu Do” in Vietnamese, the South Vietnamese airborne troops were trained by US advisers with … Read more

A Saratoga County Odd Fellows Hall Is Now A Place For History

Although little is known about the early history of the Order of Odd Fellows (OOF), it was already an established organization in England before 1730. No one knows exactly where the name “Odd Fellows” came from. One possibility is that prior to this organization, only the wealthy belonged to such fraternities. This organization was made … Read more

The T-90 Tank: Russia’s First Main Battle Tank

When Russia launched its “special military operation” into Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022, its offensive was spearheaded by tanks, primarily drawn from its Soviet-built Cold War stocks of T-72s and T-80s. Two months later, however, a newer tank was spotted among their forces moving in Kharkiv Oblast. Designated the T-90, it was reputedly more advanced… … Read more

Buried Pirate Treasure At Lake George?

In his 1986 article “Treasure Seeking in the American Northeast, 1780-1830” for the American Quarterly historian Alan Taylor made the following observation: “A canvas of travelers’ accounts, town histories, and other antiquarian sources for the American Northeast documents over forty incidents where groups of rural folk employed occult techniques to seek buried treasure, generally in … Read more

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s … A UFO? 3 Far Out Historical Sightings of Unidentified Flying Objects

Are we alone? Are we living in a real “Twilight Zone?” Up until recently, UFO chasers and alien enthusiasts may have received a polite nod from their fellow man followed by a swift shuffle away. However, ufologists suddenly enjoyed newfound legitimacy in 2017 when news broke about the existence of a secret Pentagon program to … Read more

American Sporting Prints: 19th Century Horses & Horsemen

The American Turf Register and Sporting Magazineas early as 1829, had pictures of noted horses, engraved by well-known steel-gravers from paintings by Alvan Fisher [1792-1863] and J. Cone [possibly J. Cone Ruitiar]. A few years later the New York Spirit of the Times was issuing engravings from paintings principally by Edward Troye [1808-1874]. It all … Read more

$ 400k Available in Grants for Great Lakes Basin Projects

New York Sea Grant, in partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), has announced $ 400,000 in grant funding now available for Great Lakes ecosystem-based management projects in support of New York’s Great Lakes Action Agenda. Awards of up to $ 50,000 per project will be available from the New York … Read more

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum to Reopen For Free May 21st

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum has announced that they will remain free for all visitors for the 2022 season. The museum will be open from May 21st through October 16th with outside and indoor exhibits, summer camps and expeditions, historic replica boats, new public programs, and more. In 2022, museum visitors, local adults, and youth can … Read more

Insights from the Social Sciences

[We have the following Call for Articles from RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences.  DRE]Black Reparations: Insights from the Social Sciences. Edited by William Darity Jr., Duke University; Daina Ramey Berry, University of Texas at Austin; Thomas Craemer, University of Connecticut; Dania Frank Francis, University of Massachusetts, Boston Since the failed promise … Read more