The Historians

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"The Historians" is a weekly audio interview podcast that features authors and other guests who discuss the rich heritage of the region and the nation.

Bob Cudmore is host and producer of “The Historians.”

Cudmore is author of three books, "The Hidden History of the Mohawk Valley" and "Stories from the Mohawk Valley," both published by History Press, and the self-published satirical collection “You Can’t Go Wrong.”

He writes the weekly Focus on History column for the Daily Gazette and has narrated and co-produced historical documentaries for WMHT television. From 2004 through 2014 he hosted the morning radio show in his hometown of Amsterdam, N.Y.

The most recent episodes of "The Historians" are archived here. To suggest guests or topics for the program or to discuss advertising, contact bobcudmore@yahoo.com.

(Background picture: Amsterdam, N.Y.'s Painted Rocks by Rufus Grider)

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Audio Archives

August 04, 2015
Lost Mohawk Valley by Bob Cudmore (History Press-$21.99) Forgotten people, lost places and the vanished culture of Mohawk Valley mill towns are brought back to life in Bob Cudmore’s new book. From the memories of carpet factory workers, to a local link to the killing of Lee Harvey Oswald to details about the roots of an early television star, Lost Mohawk Valley is a book you won’t put down. Publication date, September 21, 2015 Pre-publication Offer Please add $6.00 for postage, handling and sales tax. Send your check for $27.99 (payable to Nero Publishing), also send signing instructions and your mailing address to: Bob Cudmore, 125 Horstman Drive, Scotia, N.Y. 12302. Books will be shipped as soon as they are available.
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August 03, 2015
David Claire Jennings Part 1-- David Claire Jennings on The Historians with Bob Cudmore today Sunday August 2, 2015. David Claire Jennings is author of the historical novel After Bondage and War. www.davidclairejennings.com The novel tells of people impacted by slavery through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Jennings returned to college at age 70 to study history. www.amazon.com/After-Bondage-War…nal/dp/0692466584 The Historians with Bob Cudmore is produced at Eastline Studio. More information e-mail greene@nycap.rr.com
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August 03, 2015
David Claire Jennings Part 2-- David Claire Jennings on The Historians with Bob Cudmore today Sunday August 2, 2015. David Claire Jennings is author of the historical novel After Bondage and War. www.davidclairejennings.com The novel tells of people impacted by slavery through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Jennings returned to college at age 70 to study history. www.amazon.com/After-Bondage-War…nal/dp/0692466584 The Historians with Bob Cudmore is produced at Eastline Studio. More information e-mail greene@nycap.rr.com
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July 29, 2015
Barbara Blaisdell has been portraying Susan B. Anthony for 24 years on behalf of The National Susan B. Anthony Museum and House in Rochester, N.Y. Barbara (and Susan B. Anthony) explore the opinions of the human rights leader on women’s rights, slavery, temperance and more on Bob Cudmore’s Historians Podcast. The Historians is produced at Eastline Studio. More information e-mail greene@nycap.rr.com
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July 21, 2015
Jessica Parr on The Historians with Bob Cudmore. Jessica Parr is author of “Inventing George Whitefield: Race, Revivalism, and the Making of a Religious Icon.” (Mississippi, 2015) Whitefield is regarded as a founding father of American Christian evangelicalism in the 1700s. Benjamin Franklin was impressed that Whitefield had a speaking voice that could be heard for ten city blocks. The Historians is produced at Eastline Studio. More information e-mail greene@nycap.rr.com
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July 16, 2015
On The Historians Podcast Michael Cinquanti, who publishes a daily blog celebrating birthdays of people born in his home town of Amsterdam, N.Y. http://amsterdamnybirthdays.com Cinquanti also keeps track of the birthdays of major sports stars. His Pinstripe Birthday Blog was the tenth most-read blog on the Major League Baseball Web site.. Listen or download at www.bobcudmore.com/thehistorians or https://soundcloud.com/obudmore The Historians Podcast is also heard Mondays at 11:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. on RISE, WMHT’s radio service for the blind and print disabled. The program is produced at Dave Greene’s Eastline Studio in Ballston Lake. More information e-mail greene@nycap.rr.com Please support The Historians Podcast with a donation to www.gofundme/thehistorians or send a check to Bob Cudmore, 125 Horstman Drive, Scotia, N.Y. 12302. Bob Cudmore's books: Hidden History of the Mohawk Valley, Stories from the Mohawk Valley and You Can't Go Wrong
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July 08, 2015
Sheila Myers is the author of the novel, “Imaginary Brightness: A Durant Family Saga.” The story is based on the family who marketed Adirondack great camps as vacation homes for wealthy American industrialists. Available on Amazon.http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00K2YTA0A Thanks to Sheila Myers for her donation to The Historians Podcast Go Fund Me Drive. The Historians is produced at Eastline Studio. More information e-mail greene@nycap.rr.com
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June 30, 2015
Steven Engelhart of Adirondack Architectural Heritage is the guest on The Historians Podcast with Bob Cudmore. Steven has fascinating comments on Adirondack structures--bridges, fire towers, great camps and even prisons.The Historians is produced at Eastline Studio. More information e-mail greene@nycap.rr.com
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June 24, 2015
Bernard Cornwell is the author of “Waterloo:The History of Four Days, Three Armies, and Three Battles.” (Harper, 2015) The author of best-selling historical novels, “Waterloo” is Cornwell’s first work of non-fiction. The Historians with Bob Cudmore is produced at Eastline Studio. More information e-mail greene@nycap.rr.com
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June 19, 2015
Historian, Ken Davis, is the author of “The Hidden History of America at War: Untold Tales from Yorktown to Fallujah.” (Hachette, 2015) Davis is author of the Don’t Know Much About series of history books, with more than 4 million copies in print worldwide. Podcast produced at Eastline Studio. More information e-mail greene@nycap.rr.com
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June 12, 2015
Performer and teaching artist Dave Ruch from Buffalo is Bob Cudmore's guest on The Historians Podcast.Hear Dave Ruch on The Historians Podcast on Bob Cudmore dot com and on Soundcloud, search Eastline Studio. The Historians also airs twice each week on RISE, WMHT’s radio service for the blind and print disabled.Podcast produced at Eastline Studio. More information e-mail greene@nycap.rr.com
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June 06, 2015
Tom Calarco is an authority on the history of the Underground Railroad in which slaves sought to escape from captivity in the United States to Canada. Calarco and Don Papson are co authors of “Secret Lives of the Underground Railroad in New York City: Sydney Howard Gay, Louis Napoleon and The Record of Fugitives.” Podcast produced at Eastline Studio. More information e-mail greene@nycap.rr.com
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June 04, 2015
Liz Covart is host of “Ben Franklin’s World,” a history podcast focusing on the American Revolution and the early years of the American Republic. She is writing a book on the impact of the American Revolution in the Albany area. Ms.Covart earned a Ph.D. in history at the University of California in Davis. With her podcast, blogs and other writing she strives to bridge the gap between academic and popular history. Our Go Fund Me campaign continues at www.gofundme/thehistorians If you’d rather not donate online,you can send a check made out to Bob Cudmore, 125 Horstman Drive, Scotia, N.Y. 12302. If you have a topic idea, please email me. The program is recorded at Dave Greene’s Eastline Studio in Saratoga County. The Historians Podcasts are available at www.bobcudmore.com/thehistorians and at www.soundcloud.com , search for Eastline Studio. And the program is heard twice a week on RISE, WMHT’s radio service for the blind and print disabled and can be accessed at http://www.wmht.org/radio/rise/historians/
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May 20, 2015
This week The Historians Podcast with Bob Cudmore welcomes Daily Gazette features writer Bill Buell as the guest. Bill Buell is the author of history books on Schenectady and Albany; he is working on a book on Schenectady’s Socialist Mayor, George Lunn. A native of Glenville and resident of Schenectady's Stockade section, Bill is a 1971 Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake graduate and a 2001 University at Albany graduate, with a degree in history. He started working with the Gazette as a sports writer in 1977. As a features writer he currently covers diverse topics including history, religion and the theater. The Historians Podcast is available on www.bobcudmore.com/thehistorians and on www.soundcloud.com , search for Eastline Studio. The Historians Podcast is aired every Monday at 11:30 a.m. and Wednesday at 11 a.m. on RISE, WMHT’s radio service for the blind and print disabled in the Albany area.The Historians is produced at Eastline Studio. More information e-mail davegreeneproductions@gmail.com
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May 16, 2015
Bob Cudmore’s Historians Podcast features coverage of the first annual American Revolution in the Mohawk Valley Conference. The Historians Podcast may be downloaded at www.bobcudmore.com/thehistorians and at www.soundcloud.com search for Eastline Studio. The show also airs Mondays at 11:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. on RISE, WMHT’s radio service for the blind and print disabled in Albany. The half hour episode features interviews with conference participants Jim Kirby Martin, co-author of “Forgotten Allies: The Oneida Indians and the American Revolution; Jack Kelly, author of “Band of Giants: The Amateur Soldiers Who Won America’s Independence;” and Don Hagist, author of “The Revolution’s Last Men: The Soldiers Behind the Photographs.” Also on the program will be conference attendees Kyle Jenks of “Drums Along the Mohawk Outdoor Drama,” retired Montgomery County Historian Jacqueline Murphy and John Warren, editor of the New York History Blog. Brian Mack of Fort Plain Museum will be heard as well. Mack, Norm Bollen and other members of the Fort Plain Museum organized the first annual conference which included a full day of history talks held at the Arkell Museum in Canajoharie and a bus tour of Revolutionary era historic sites in western Montgomery County. More than 100 people attended. Historic sites in western Montgomery County include Fort Plain Museum, Nellis Tavern, Fort Klock, Isaac Paris House, Van Alstyne Homestead, Stone Arabia Church, Palatine Church and the Margaret Reaney Library in St. Johnsville, all within minutes of Thruway Exit 29 in Canajoharie. The Historians Podcast is recorded at Dave Greene’s Eastline Studio in southern Saratoga County.
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May 03, 2015
Bruce Dearstyne is a history professor and former director of the state archives. He is author of “The Spirit of New York: Defining Events in the Empire State’s History." Sunday May 3
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April 29, 2015
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April 26, 2015
"The Historians" podcast features David Fiske with the story of the “Old Chocolate Factory” in Ballston Spa. David also has the latest on his research on the life of Solomon Northrup, who was author of “Twelve Years a Slave. Listen or download at www.bobcudmore.com/thehistorians or https://soundcloud.com/obudmore The Historians Podcast is heard on RISE, WMHT’s radio service for the blind and print disabled Wednesdays at 11 a.m. http://www.wmht.org/radio/rise/ The program is produced at Dave Greene’s Eastline Studio in southern Saratoga County. Help support The Historians Podcast with a donation to www.gofundme/thehistorians Or send a check by mail to Bob Cudmore, 125 Horstman Drive, Scotia, N.Y. 12302.
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April 19, 2015
On The Historians Podcast Victoria Tokarowski of the National Racing Museum in Saratoga Springs describes it's new exhibit on the horse breeding Sanford family of Amsterdam. Sam Hildebrandt, son of Sanford jockey Lou Hildebrandt, has more on efforts by the Friends of the Sanford Stud Farm to restore remaining buildings at the historic farm.
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April 13, 2015
Bob Cudmore was the guest on Dan Weaver’s Valley Vox on 1490 AM WCSS in Amsterdam, online at http://www.wcss1490.com/
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April 12, 2015
"The Historians" podcast features author and Albany Times Union Reporter Paul Grondahl. Grondahl has an update on his biography-in-progress on CBS news commentator Andy Rooney. Plus Grondahl discusses the career of long time Albany promoter Ed Lewi. Grondahl collaborated with Lewi on the book “A Wild Ride: Bears, Babes and Marketing to the Max.” Grondahl has also written books on longtime Albany Mayor Erastus Corning and Theodore Roosevelt. The Historians podcast can be downloaded at www.bobcudmore.com/thehistorians and at www.soundcloud.com , search for Eastline. And The Historians podcast is heard every Wednesday at 11 a.m. on RISE, WMHT’s radio service for the blind and print disabled in the Albany area.
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March 29, 2015
On The Historians podcast Heidi Hill of Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site and Albany attorney and educator Richard Bader tell the story of how founding father Alexander Hamilton married Elizabeth Schuyler from Albany. Hamilton wrote some of the Federalist Papers at Schuyler Mansion.
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March 22, 2015
Ann Peconie of the Walter Elwood Museum of the Mohawk Valley talks about the lives of women factory workers years ago in Amsterdam’s carpet making industry. Ann also discusses the elephant’s foot and other objects at the museum, donated by the family of big game hunter Robert Frothingham.
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March 19, 2015
The Historians Podcast guest is Don Papson of Plattsburgh, one of the founders of the North Star Underground Railroad Museum. Papson and Tom Colarco are co-authors of "Secret Lives of the Underground Railroad in New York City: Sydney Howard Gay, Louis Napoleon and the Record of Fugitives."
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March 12, 2015
Peter Betz writes a history column for the Leader Herald and has stories in this episode about the Civil War and also a tale from the former Sacandaga Park in the Adirondacks.
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March 05, 2015
David Brooks has excerpts from an 1869 journal written by a Fort Hunter man. David is education coordinator at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site in Fort Hunter.
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March 02, 2015
Lawrence Gooley, author of "Terror in the Adirondacks," the story of serial killer Robert Garrow
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February 28, 2015
Enjoy history, click New York History blog.org Historical News and Views from the Empire State.
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February 13, 2015
Norm Bollen of Fort Plain Museum on the new Mohawk Country Heritage Association. The association promotes eight American Revolution-era historic sites in western Montgomery County.
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February 06, 2015
Maria Riccio Bryce tells of her musical Hearts of Fire that tells the story of the burning of Schenectady by the French and Indians in 1690. She has re-issued the CD of the original cast recording.
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January 23, 2015
Author Richard Norton Smith discusses “On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller” (Random House, 2014). Rockefeller was New York governor for 14 years and U.S. vice president for 3 years.
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January 09, 2015
The author of the novel Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline discusses the program that transported thousands of destitute children from New York and other Eastern cities to foster homes located mainly in rural areas of the Midwest. Kline’s novel is the 2015 book selection of Amsterdam Reads, based at Amsterdam Free Library.
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November 22, 2014
On this episode Jeff Wilkin of Daily Gazette on newspaper coverage of local history, Dan Weaver of Historic Amsterdam League and a few minutes from the final broadcast of Bob Cudmore's WVTL radio show on 11-14-14.
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November 07, 2014
Julia Blackwelder, history professor, Schenectady County native and author of “Electric City: General Electric in Schenectady”
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October 17, 2014
Former Assemblyman and historian Jack McEneny of Albany on politics, the Pine Hills, the Qauackenbush House and more
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October 17, 2014
Author Don Williams, "Adirondack Tales of Tragedy and Tidings Between the Sacandaga River Bridges"
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October 10, 2014
Pulitzer Prize winning author Edward Larson, author of “The Return of George Washington: 1783-1789" (Harper Collins-William Morrow, 2014)
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