american history http://wamc.org en Big History, Small Museums - Zadock Pratt Museum http://wamc.org/post/big-history-small-museums-zadock-pratt-museum <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Michelle Delaney is the Director of the <a href="http://www.si.edu/Consortia/americanexperience">Smithsonian’s Consortium for Understanding the American Experience</a> and is the author of the observation that the Catskill Region is not only the Birthplace of American Art, but she says growing research shows that it’s also the Cradle of American Art. Delaney will be speaking tomorrow at 1PM at the Pratt Museum in Prattsville.</p><p>Delaney will be giving the Keynote Address for the Pratt Museum’s 2014 Season which is titled: “Big History, Small Museums: Understanding the American Experience through Collaboration.”</p><p><em>The Paintings, Watercolors and Drawings of D. F. Hasbrouck American Impressionist</em> is the new exhibition at The Pratt Museum. Carolyn Bennett, Museum Director is here to tell us about that and big history of THIS small museum.</p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 94643 at http://wamc.org "Ida M. Tarbell: The Woman Who Challenged Big Business – And Won!" By Emily Arnold McCully http://wamc.org/post/ida-m-tarbell-woman-who-challenged-big-business-and-won-emily-arnold-mccully <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Emily Arnold McCully will be reading from her new biography, <em>Ida M. Tarbell: The Woman Who Challenged Big Business – and Won!</em>, at the Chatham Bookstore on Sunday from 2-4.</p><p>Born in 1857, Tarbell was one of America’s first investigative journalists, “a fascinating and complex person: quirky, opinionated, reserved, adventurous, independent – a woman proving herself in a man’s world.</p><p><a href="http://www.emilyarnoldmccully.com">Emily Arnold McCully</a> received the Caldecott Medal for <em>Mirette on the High Wire</em>. The illustrator of more than 40 books for young readers, she has a lifelong interest in history and feminist issues and she joins us this morning.</p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 94620 at http://wamc.org "Ida M. Tarbell: The Woman Who Challenged Big Business – And Won!" By Emily Arnold McCully The Book Show #1354 - Joseph Ellis http://wamc.org/post/book-show-1354-joseph-ellis <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.josephellishistorian.com/Home.html">Joseph Ellis</a> is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of <em>Founding Brothers</em>. His portrait of Thomas Jefferson, <em>American Sphinx</em>, won the National Book Award.</p><p>His new book, <em>Revolutionary Summer</em>, tells an old story in a new way about the summer months of 1776 and how they witnessed the most consequential events in the story of our country’s founding.</p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:06:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 69250 at http://wamc.org The Book Show #1354 - Joseph Ellis "Canals And Railroads: Collaboration To Competition" At The Schenectady County Historical Society http://wamc.org/post/canals-and-railroads-collaboration-competition-schenectady-county-historical-society <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.schenectadyhistorical.org/">The Schenectady County Historical Society</a> was founded in 1905 to preserve the history of the area. The Society’s museum and local history and genealogy research library have been located at 32 Washington Avenue in the Stockade neighborhood in Schenectady since 1958.</p><p>They are opening a new exhibition this weekend entitled "Canals and Railroads: Collaboration to Competition." The exhibit explores the beginnings of the Canal Era and New York State’s early railroads which were built to enhance and complement–rather than compete with– the waterway system.</p><p>It is a traveling exhibit, put together by <a href="http://www.ahts.org/">Alco Historical and Technical Society</a> historian, Dave Gould and Alco Historical and Technical Society designer, John Kolwaite. They join us now along with Mary Zawacki, Curator for the Schenectady County Historical Society.</p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 93607 at http://wamc.org "Canals And Railroads: Collaboration To Competition" At The Schenectady County Historical Society The Book Show #1350 - Doris Kearns Goodwin http://wamc.org/post/book-show-1350-doris-kearns-goodwin <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Teddy Roosevelt described the power of the presidency to shape public opinion as “The Bully Pulpit”. That's also the title of the new book from presidential historian <a href="http://www.doriskearnsgoodwin.com">Doris Kearns Goodwin</a>, in which she writes about William Howard Taft and Teddy Roosevelt and explains the unique relationship forged with reporters.</p><p>This is an Off the Shelf edition of The Book Show in partnership with <a href="http://www.northshire.com/‎">Northshire Bookstore</a> in Saratoga Springs, NY and recorded before a live audience.</p><p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 19:06:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 79819 at http://wamc.org The Book Show #1350 - Doris Kearns Goodwin "Bourbon: A History Of The American Spirit" By Dane Huckelbridge http://wamc.org/post/bourbon-history-american-spirit-dane-huckelbridge <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Few commodities figure as prominently or as intimately in the story of the nation as bourbon whiskey. <em>Bourbon</em> is <a href="http://www.danehuckelbridge.com/">Dane Huckelbridge's</a> artful and imaginative biography of our most well-liked, and at times controversial, spirit, that is also a witty and entertaining chronicle of the United States itself.</p><p>In telling the story of bourbon, Huckelbridge takes us on a lively tour across three hundred years. Introducing the fascinating people central to its creation and evolution, he illuminates the elusive character of the nation itself.</p><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 90815 at http://wamc.org "Bourbon: A History Of The American Spirit" By Dane Huckelbridge "James Madison: A Life Reconsidered" By Lynne Cheney http://wamc.org/post/james-madison-life-reconsidered-lynne-cheney <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Former 2nd Lady of the United States, Lynne Cheney, has spent decades studying the nation's fourth president, James Madison. The result of that labor is the new 564-page book, <em>James Madison: A Life Reconsidered</em>.</p><p>Father of the Constitution, principle author of the Bill of Rights, founder of the first opposition party, Secretary of State and fourth President was a masterful politician who Cheney believes, despite all his accomplishments, has been overshadowed by other founders.</p><p>Lynne Cheney is the wife of former Vice President Dick Cheney, is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and is the author of 12 books, several on American history.</p><p> Tue, 13 May 2014 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 90295 at http://wamc.org "James Madison: A Life Reconsidered" By Lynne Cheney "No End Save Victory: How FDR Led The Nation Into War" By David Kaiser http://wamc.org/post/no-end-save-victory-how-fdr-led-nation-war-david-kaiser <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>While Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s first hundred days may be the most celebrated period of his presidency, the months before the attack on Pearl Harbor proved the most critical. Beginning as early as 1939 when Germany first attacked Poland, Roosevelt skillfully navigated a host of challenges—a reluctant population, an unprepared military, and disagreements within his cabinet—to prepare the country for its inevitable confrontation with the Axis.</p><p>In <em>No End Save Victory</em>, esteemed historian David Kaiser draws on extensive archival research to reveal the careful preparations that enabled the United States to win World War II.</p><p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 89323 at http://wamc.org "No End Save Victory: How FDR Led The Nation Into War" By David Kaiser “The Hidden White House” By Robert Klara http://wamc.org/post/hidden-white-house-robert-klara <p></p><p></p><p>In 1948, President Harry Truman, enjoying a bath on the White House’s second floor, almost plunged through the ceiling of the Blue Room into a tea party for the Daughters of the American Revolution. A handpicked team of the country’s top architects conducted a secret inspection of the troubled mansion and, after discovering it was in imminent danger of collapse, insisted that the First Family be evicted immediately.</p><p>What followed would be the most historically significant and politically complex home-improvement job in American history. <a href="http://www.robertklara.com">Robert Klara</a> writes about this period in his book, <em>The Hidden White House: Harry Truman and the Reconstruction of America's Most Famous Residence</em>.</p><p>Robert Klara is a longtime magazine editor and writer. He’s served on the mastheads of numerous titles including&nbsp;Town &amp; Country&nbsp;and&nbsp;Architecture, and he’s currently a staff writer for&nbsp;Adweek&nbsp;and a contributing editor for&nbsp;American Road&nbsp;magazine.</p><p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 14:45:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 76973 at http://wamc.org “The Hidden White House” By Robert Klara "Wilson" By A. Scott Berg http://wamc.org/post/wilson-scott-berg <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22.390625px;">One hundred years after his inauguration, Woodrow&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22.390625px;">Wilson still stands as one of the most influential figures of the twentieth century, and one of the most enigmatic.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22.390625px;">And now, after more than a decade of research and writing, Pulitzer Prize-winning author A. Scott Berg has completed&nbsp;</span><i style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22.390625px;">Wilson</i><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22.390625px;">--the most personal and penetrating biography ever written about the 28th President.</span></p><p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 73252 at http://wamc.org "Wilson" By A. Scott Berg