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Rockwell Museum — authentic art, honest history, and the Old West in Corning, New York

Few things intrigue the American imagination like the Old West.  In the story of taming the land, we see the story of our own lives.  The raw earthy impetuousness of youth gives way to the elevated deliberate polish of maturity.  It’s necessary; we can’t go on being brash and infantile forever.  But it does evoke… Read More Rockwell Museum — authentic art, honest history, and the Old West in Corning, New York

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Old Fort Niagara — honoring 3 centuries of history in Youngstown, New York

Four months after the War of 1812 began, British troops at Fort George, located on the west bank of the Niagara River, opened cannon fire on U.S.-held Fort Niagara, on the east bank in New York. The Americans fired back with hot-shot–cannonballs heated until they glowed red, intended to set fire to the British buildings. … Read More Old Fort Niagara — honoring 3 centuries of history in Youngstown, New York

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Joseph Smith Family Farm — finding the spark of Mormonism in upstate New York

The Second Great Awakening was a religious revival movement that swept through parts of the American frontier region in the early 19th century. Against this backdrop, Joseph Smith, Sr., moved his wife Lucy and their nine surviving children from Vermont to western New York in 1816.  Joseph was born in Massachusetts and had tried a… Read More Joseph Smith Family Farm — finding the spark of Mormonism in upstate New York

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H. Lee White Maritime Museum — celebrating America’s past in Oswego, New York

The H. Lee White Maritime Museum in Oswego, New York, is a treasure trove of artifacts that show the glories and the dangers of life and death on the water.  H. Lee White was a local shipper who became Assistant Secretary of the Air Force under President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The small museum sits at… Read More H. Lee White Maritime Museum — celebrating America’s past in Oswego, New York

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Fenimore Art Museum — exploring America’s culture in Cooperstown, New York

Cooperstown might be metaphorically synonymous with the Baseball Hall of Fame, but it’s literally the namesake of William Cooper, who founded the Village in 1786 and was the father of writer James Fenimore Cooper. This post contains affiliate links.  For more information, click here. The younger Cooper lived an eventful life.  Legend has it that he… Read More Fenimore Art Museum — exploring America’s culture in Cooperstown, New York

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National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum — honoring America’s pastime in upstate New York

There’s nothing like a night at the ballpark.  It’s a few precious hours of escape into a great and simple American tradition.  It’s connection to something that was here before you were and will be here long after you’re gone.  It’s memories–the family ones from your childhood, and the legendary ones from before you were… Read More National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum — honoring America’s pastime in upstate New York