The New Croton Dam

Greetings, folks!  We just put up a new episode over on the Bookworm History YouTube channel.  It’s a quick field trip to see the New Croton Dam and Reservoir.  Click on the title card to check it out, I hope you like it!  And, as always, thanks for stopping by!

The New Croton Dam

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New Episodes! “Water for New York City” and “The Remains of the Reservoirs”!

Greetings, folks!  I just put a pair of new episodes up over on the Bookworm History YouTube channel.  The first is called “Water for New York City” and is all about New York’s early attempts at creating a sustainable water source.  What do street gangs, fatal duels, and pastoral parks have to do with New York’s water supply?  Click the title card below to find out!

Water for New York City

Next, I decided to do some searching outside of the library and set out to find any remaining pieces of the Old Croton reservoirs in Manhattan.  It’s a little different from my normal programming, but I hope you enjoy it!

The Remains of the Reservoirs

I’ve been working on these projects for over a month now and it’s been a lot of fun and a lot of work.  Check them out, let me know what you think, and, as always, thanks for stopping by!

Defending the Hudson

It was October, 1777, and the Continental Army had a problem. Although they had just won a resounding victory at Saratoga, they were just as soundly defeated further south at Forts Montgomery and Clinton, key strategic outposts on the Hudson River. With the victory at Fort Montgomery the British quickly set about tearing down the lanky chain the Colonists had stretched across the river to impede the British Navy. Now the Hudson River, and important cities like Poughkeepsie (Continental ship-building hub), Kingston (the state capital), and Albany (the second largest settlement in the state after New York City) lay wide open to attack.

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