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Pigeon Post is a podcast created and produced by staff at Admiralty House Communications Museum in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador. Through storytelling as well as oral history interviews, this podcast aims to keep the history of Admiralty House alive, while also focusing on elements of the community of Mount Pearl.
 
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During World War II, American soldiers embarked on a mission to mislead and deceive the German Army. Their mission remained a military secret for decades. Now, a Family’s donation sheds light on the program at Pine Camp. Host Kelly Burdick discusses this formerly classified part of local history to go along with "The 'Ghosts' on Post" article writt…
 
“You can gauge a country’s wealth, its real wealth, by its tree cover.” ~ Richard St. Barbe Baker Host Kelly Burdick talks about how people of the past helped grow a better future today. For more information: Tree City USA official website Psychology Today article: The benefits of indoor plants This episode is hosted by Kelly Burdick and edited by …
 
This episode is hosted by Kelly Burdick and edited by Christina Knott. Intro music is "Nobody Calls It San Fran" by Coyote Hearing. Outro music is "The Papergirl" by The Whole Other. Browse our new merch at Society 6. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram; email us at secondlook@jnc.media. To subscribe to the Watertown Daily Times at NNY360, visit nn…
 
Host and local history fan Kelly Burdick talks about Dogs for Defense, a military program in which pet owners -- including those in the north country -- were asked to donate their pet dogs to help fight in World War II. For more information ... The Dogs of War DogsforDefense.com This episode is edited by Christina Knott. Intro music is "Nobody Call…
 
Kelly Burdick talks about a tragic event from 1970 when a ship near Massena went down, claiming the lives of nine people, including two children. The Eastcliff Hall ship is still visited by underwater divers today, but many are unaware of its sad history. This episode is edited by Christina Knott. Intro music is "Nobody Calls It San Fran" by Coyote…
 
"The sun today is still obscured by smoke and ashes. ... The heat is so intense and the smoke so dense, that the fighters cannot approach with two miles of the fires." ~ June 5, 1903, Watertown Daily Times Kelly Burdick talks about the 1903 Adirondack fire that burned through 600,000 acres of the north country more than 100 years ago. This episode …
 
Carry A. Nation was one of the most famous anti-alcohol protesters in American history. She made her mark across the country and even to Watertown, swinging her hatchet at bars and warning of the fires of hell to those who mocked her. Kelly Burdick talks about the American protest leader, what drove her to smash bottles and fight for change, as wel…
 
Host Kelly Burdick is joined by two special guests to share some of your listener feedback, as well as this history highlight for the week and a preview of what's ahead for her weekly newspaper column. This episode is edited by Christina Knott. Intro music is "Nobody Calls It San Fran" by Coyote Hearing. Outro music is "The Papergirl" by The Whole …
 
Host Kelly Burdick discusses the 1889 Potsdam circus train wreck, in which a train carrying Barnum and Bailey’s circus, animals and all, barreled down the tracks toward Montreal before meeting its dreadful demise, derailing just north of Potsdam. Listen and hear why this train wreck made such a mark on north country history. This episode is edited …
 
Host Kelly Burdick talks about a tiny treasure of a story from north country history about a mother in need of a home for her baby girl. This episode is edited by Christina Knott. Intro music is "Nobody Calls It San Fran" by Coyote Hearing. Outro music is "The Papergirl" by The Whole Other. Browse our new merch at Society 6. Follow us on Facebook a…
 
Host Kelly Burdick discusses and reads some of her favorite history highlights of Northern New York from the Watertown Daily Times archives. This episode is edited by Christina Knott. Intro music is "Nobody Calls It San Fran" by Coyote Hearing. Outro music is "The Papergirl" by The Whole Other. Browse our new merch at Society 6. Follow us on Facebo…
 
The second World War ended 75 years ago this month to much fanfare. After the celebrations died down and service members returned, what was it is like when life returned to "normal" (was there a return to normal)? Host Kelly Burdick talks about how what life changed for the average Northern New Yorker. This episode is edited by Christina Knott. Int…
 
Albert Einstein was famously private. He came to Saranac Lake for the first time in July 1936 to spend his summer vacation from Princeton in relative anonymity. As the Times reported, Einstein said he was there to escape those who “peer into my windows.” Listen as host Kelly Burdick explains the history of Albert Einstein's ties to the north countr…
 
The Adirondack chair is a well-known rustic hallmark of outdoor relaxation, and in this week's episode, Kelly Burdick dives into its history and connection to New York's own Adirondack Mountains. This episode is edited by Christina Knott. Intro music is "Nobody Calls It San Fran" by Coyote Hearing. Outro music is "The Papergirl" by The Whole Other.…
 
People slept outside in parks, soaked themselves in water and tried desperately to stay out of the heat as blazing hot temperatures soared across New England and New York in 1911. The north country may have been spared the worst of the record-setting heat, but residents still struggled to stay cool. Host Kelly Burdick talks about what happened in t…
 
The Watertown's City Hall stood from 1895 to 1966, when it was eventually torn down as part of urban renewal. Host Kelly Burdick tells the story of old City Hall, from when city council approved D.D. Keiff’s architectural plans, to Mayor J.B. Wise’s dedication address in 1887, to the many structural problems that plagued the building almost from th…
 
An apparent hot topic during the COVID-19 pandemic is the wearing of masks. The debate isn't unique to the 21st century. During the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918, the mask rules faced resistance as well. Host Kelly Burdick discusses this historical topic and how the issue continues to raise emotions today For more, read the articles mentioned by Kel…
 
In her last days, memories of her time in the Thousand Islands continued to bring a smile to June Noble Smith Larkin Gibson, who died at the age of 98 at her home in Greenwich, Conn. Host Kelly Burdick discusses the life of June Noble, her idyllic summers spent in the Thousand Islands family home and her charitable works and legacy as an adult. For…
 
Perry White, former managing editor of the Watertown Daily Times, sat down with Christina Knott and Kelly Burdick during his last week before retirement in late 2018. He died June 20, 2020, less than two years after he began this new chapter in his life. He often talked about the plans he had back in New Mexico, as well as his love of journalism an…
 
Host Kelly Burdick talks about Booker T. Washington's influence and impact as he spoke to crowds throughout the U.S., including in Watertown, N.Y. He actually visited the city twice after the first time didn't go so well. Listen and find out why. This episode is edited by Christina Knott. Intro music is "Nobody Calls It San Fran" by Coyote Hearing.…
 
Host Kelly Burdick talks about the Park Zoo Club's children-run organization that raised $3,000 ($38,000 in 2020 money) to buy the first animals for the zoo at Thompson Park in Watertown, N.Y., in 1920. This episode is edited by Christina Knott. Intro music is "Nobody Calls It San Fran" by Coyote Hearing. Outro music is "The Papergirl" by The Whole…
 
Kelly Burdick talks about Ray Martin, Watertown's own Forest Gump. Based on research by Chris Brock, learn about his amazing life and visit nny360.com for the full story. This episode is edited by Christina Knott. Intro music is "Nobody Calls It San Fran" by Coyote Hearing. Outro music is "The Papergirl" by The Whole Other. Browse our new merch at …
 
Watertown Daily Times owner Stephanie Brockway took over part ownership of the newspaper in New York's north country after the death of her husband, Henry Brockway, in 1903. During her time, she saw the paper through a pressroom strike and the purchase of Watertown Daily Standard. While she was remembered fondly after her death, she is less discuss…
 
Fifty years ago, the deaths of unarmed students demonstrating at Kent State by police officers changed a country in the grips of the Vietnam War. Today, Kelly Burdick talks about how this tragic event in history impact us in the north country. This episode is edited by Christina Knott. Intro music is "Nobody Calls It San Fran" by Coyote Hearing. Ou…
 
Karen Kiorpes, Head of the Preservation Department the State University of New York at Albany, speaks with Watertown Daily Times features writer Chris Brock on how to make sure your family photos, records and other treasures survive to tell stories for decades to come.By Christina Knott
 
Buried in Evans Mills, Nehemiah Gale was famous for his honesty. Find out how his truthfulness led to the downfall of a Coen brothers-type crime in the north country of New York nearly 200 years ago. Dennis O'Brien and Christina Knott discuss. This episode is edited by Christina Knott. Intro music is "Nobody Calls It San Fran" by Coyote Hearing. Ou…
 
Capt. William O’Toole, 45, Clayton, a native of Constableville and son of Civil War soldier and Irish immigrant, Peter O’Toole, piloted the Hartford. In addition to the captain, also lost when the ship went down were his wife, Mary Manson O’Toole and their 5-month-old child, Mary Kathleen, along with four others. The O’Tooles left five other childr…
 
This episode deals with domestic abuse. If you need help, the National Domestic Violence Hotline is available 24-hours a day at 1−800−799−7233 or online at www.thehotline.org. Deception, bigamy, jealousy and violence set the stage for a tragic death more than a century ago three miles outside of the north country village of Evans Mills. Was it murd…
 
Listen as Christina Knott explores the history of a Watertown native who survived the tragic early death of both her husband and daughter, and find out why her headstone here at Watertown North Cemetery from nearly 100 years ago still has no date of death. This episode is edited by Christina Knott. Intro music is "Nobody Calls It San Fran" by Coyot…
 
Christina Knott talks with Dennis O'Brien about Watertown native and amazing all-around athlete from the 1920s, Vic Hanson. We are recording from our home "studio" this week, and fair warning ... the audio isn't great. We'll make some improvements before next time. Meanwhile, everyone stay healthy! This episode is edited by Christina Knott. Music i…
 
Looking for a home with history? Two different castles are up for sale in the Thousand Islands region. While both homes go back to the Guilded Age, they have drastically different stories that illustrate the region's history. Hopewell Hall is part of what was called millionaire’s row, a stretch of lavish homes and castles inhabited by affluent fami…
 
Cures for the new coronavirus are everywhere ... as long as you aren't concerned with whether they work. Kelly Burdick and Christina Knott discuss how scammers from 100 years ago compare to today. We get a visit via telephone with friend of the show, Dennis O'Brien for his ever-present opinions on the subject. And Kelly concludes with some sound ad…
 
Stuck at home without much to do now that Covid-19 has forced us all into social isolation? Curious how this compares to past outbreaks? It's on all our minds, too. And we have some answers. Kelly Burdick and Christina Knott talk about a past outbreak, the 1918 influenza epidemic, known as the Spanish flu. Why was it so devastating? How does it com…
 
The world was supposed to end one hundred years ago on Dec. 17. Experts denied it was so. Newspapers promised it wasn't to be. And in the end, it didn't happen. But that didn't mean it was the end of such predictions. Kelly Burdick and Christina Knott discuss how the end of the world that never was and the reaction leading up the end -- and the day…
 
The city of Watertown wrestled with the idea of allowing a billboard on the side of a truck in 1919. Fears were that "Public Square will look like a flock of circus posters if all truck and automobile dealers carry out the plan.” One hundred years later, the city is still wrestling with the signage ordinances in Public Square after a local business…
 
In the mid-1800s, Diamond Bessie was a young girl was disowned by her family, cast out from her Watertown home and left to fend for herself in a difficult world. While forgotten in the north country, her name helped revive the small town of Jefferson, Texas, where she was killed. There she has been remembered long after her death. The "Diamond Bess…
 
ANNOUNCEMENT: Our special 1969 tabloid is here! You can read all about what happened in the north country, the nation and the world 50 years ago. In this episode, Kelly Burdick and Christina Knott talk about putting this publication together and what you can find when you pick up your own copy. In addition, we chat about what we learned by studying…
 
Colesante's Tavern has been a Watertown staple since it opened in 1933, the same year Prohibition ended. Join Kelly Burdick and Christina Knott as we talk to George Colesante, the second-generation owner of the bar, has been there for almost all of it. He started out working for his father before he took over the bar himself. George is a collector …
 
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