American History in Real LifeMovies in the past have often shown characters that were touched by historical events. Yet sometimes, the truth is often more fantastic than anything Hollywood can devise. These stories of real people show how the events of the past touched their lives. Some times the stories are dramatic, sometimes simple, but all in all they weave a tapesty of the richness of the American experience.
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Category Archives: New York State History
Remarks by Lt Col John E. Norvell (USAF Ret.) November 10, 2017 President Nye, Dr. Pierce, ladies and gentleman and members of the College community, thank you for inviting me to speak tonight. As a former history professor I routinely … Continue reading
Well actually he is a very big male cat. I say this because about a week ago I got a letter from a local governmental agency, which shall remain nameless, saying “it has come to our attention that you have … Continue reading
In 1952 my father was ordered overseas during the Korean War. At the time, we lived in Troy, New York, where I was born, and where my father was in the Army at the Watervliet Arsenal. With my father’s impending … Continue reading
Lord, guard and guide all those who fly Through the great spaces in the sky. Be with them always in the air, In darkening storms or sunlight fair; Oh, hear us when we lift our prayer, For those in peril … Continue reading
Next to the Civil War, the Great Depression was the single most major event in American history that impacted nearly all Americans. John Steinbeck wrote the story of the “Okies” who lost their land and were forced to move … Continue reading
More than anything else, the holidays we celebrated together demonstrated and defined our sense of community. In our little town of Hannibal New York, each holiday had its own special rituals and observances, this was especially true of the 4th … Continue reading
My mother’s father was quite a story teller, when we were kids he often told us of his youth in the northern part of New York State, here is one of his tales about so-called “Ghosts.” He explained it this … Continue reading
My great-grandfather Colonel Freeman Norvell (1827-1881) married Mary Dean Redfield (1843-1918), the daughter of Alexander Hamilton Redfield, a descendant of pilgrims John Alden and Priscilla Mullins Alden and a distant cousin of President John Adams. Redfield was born in Phelps, … Continue reading