Canoeing the King’s Waterways

I recently read a fascinating French book which I would recommend to anyone interested in early colonial history of the US, or should I say “French America”. The author: Jean Raspail, a renowned French writer, journalist and also explorer. The French title: “En Canot Sur les Chemins D’Eau Du Roi: Une Aventure En Amérique (Le…

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Mystery Powder Horn

I received an email from Jules asking for help. He is looking for any information about the powder horn he owns. Can you help? Leave us a comment! Here is what Jules knows about it: It is inscribed with the name “NICLAUS KENDZINGER” and the date is 1772 OR 1722. The picture on the reverse…

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Newfoundland – “Terre aux Bretons”

I have to come to France to learn more about 15th century expeditions to North-America than I have while living in Canada or the US. I knew that Bretons and Basques (respectively people from Brittany, France and from the region between France and Spain) had been fishing and exploring the seawaters of Newfoundland and the…

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Saratoga-Stillwater Colonial Story

Come and join us this Thursday night at the Saratoga National Historical Park for an exciting presentation sponsored by the Old Saratoga Historical Association. The presentation will be at the Visitor Center at Saratoga National Historical Park, beginning at 7:00 p.m. The Visitor Center is located at 648 Route 32 in Stillwater, NY. For directions,…

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Brittany Wooden Shoes

I love playing history detective. It always takes you to places you could not expect! This time it starts with the story of an ordinary pair of painted Brittany wooden shoes seen at the Vermont Antique Show last week, and ends with Paul Gauguin’s carved wooden shoes which sold this week for nothing less than…

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Engraved Powder Horns – Part 4

The enlarged images can be viewed in a slideshow by clicking the first image and then clicking the “next” button. See the biography of the watercolorist Rufus Alexander Grider after the images. A few months ago an old article on powder horns alerted me to the work of the watercolorist Rufus Alexander Grider. He must…

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Engraved Powder Horns – Part 3

This article has been reproduced from the July 1939 issue of the American Collector. American Engraved Powder Horns By Stephen V. Grancsay Curator of Arms and Armor Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (All illustrations from the J.H. Grenville Gilbert Collection, Metropolitan Museum) THE period of the French and Indian War was a map-making era….

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President Coolidge House

Vermont’s State Historic Sites are all interesting, but President Calvin Coolidge Homestead is definitely my favorite. So, if you find yourself near Woodstock or Quechee, or Killington, don’t miss the chance to go and visit (in the summer or fall of course). In the middle of the cute and tiny village of Plymouth Notch, surrounded…

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French Settlers in Saratoga, NY

I just received this fascinating story from Christine Valosin, curator at the Saratoga National Historical Park. I couldn’t help but sharing it with everyone. Here is what she wrote to me: My colleague, Chris Martin, the park’s resource manager, and I, began to realize about a year ago that if we conducted any historical or…

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