The Purple Heart, the oldest and most prestigious military award was started by General George Washington in 1782. At that time, it was called the Badge of Military Merit. On February 22, 1932 General George MacArthur revived the Purple Heart on the bicentennial of Washington’s birthday. Currently, the Purple Heart, per regulation is awarded in … Continue reading Town of Hoosick becomes a “Purple Heart Community”
You can glean a lot from a walk through a cemetery: Family names, birth and death dates, and how individuals are related. Be sure to visit our ever-expanding online records which include cemetery records for currently maintained graveyards as well as family plots and even those sites that have been relocated. Go to our Places … Continue reading Places everyone!
Meet the artist in person and see the many wonderful works of Barbara Gifford depicting local homes and scenes from Groveside and West Hoosick!
Interested in your family history or the story of your old house in Hoosick Falls? Check out our online archives where you'll find searchable directories, yearbooks, and historic photos. We will continue to add more as they become available. Please feel free to comment below and share your old-house story or your family's connection to … Continue reading Online Archives
Who was the real Natty Bumppo? For more than 100 years, historians in both Hoosick Falls and Cooperstown have attempted to demonstrate they are home to the man who was the inspiration for a number of characters in James Fenimore Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales. Was it David Shipman of Fly Creek, NY or Nathaniel Shipman of … Continue reading WAMC tackles the question: Who was the real Natty Bumppo?
By Emma Hall My knowledge and interest in Hoosick’s fallen soldiers began in 2017 with the Town of Hoosick Tribute Flag Program, when I picked up a flyer at my church and knew immediately I had to get involved. Young Private Robert Kent Gardner, who died at age 17 during World War One, was the … Continue reading BEYOND THE NAMES
Thank you to everyone who stopped out at Liberty Park to pay their respect this Memorial Day weekend. If you weren't able to make it or are interested in hearing interviews from local veterans, we are continuing to post videos on our YouTube channel. If you visit the channel and would like to receive updates when … Continue reading Keeping Our Stories Alive
Liberty Memorial Park is a culmination of many years of hard work. The flag Liberty started her journey flying over the Tomb of the Unknown at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC in 2013. From there Liberty flew over every grave site of each Town of Hoosick soldier who died in service to our country. This was a huge undertaking … Continue reading Story of the Liberty flag
By Samantha Graves In 2011, the United States Post Office was forced to close several offices across the country in an effort toward solvency. North Hoosick was one of the offices on that list, but the community rallied and the office, the third smallest in the United States, was spared and remains open six days … Continue reading A Little Living Room
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