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Howe Caverns175 BOGO Ticket Promotion and New Website Debuts to Mark the Anniversary, May 22

Howes Cave, N.Y. --- May, 11, 2017 --- When farmer, adventurer and entrepreneur Lester Howe and his cow Millicent accidentally discovered the entrance to a mysterious cave on May 22, 1842, little did he know, that 175 years later, it would be the second most visited natural attraction in New York State, only preceded by Niagara Falls. Ironic, because while he was also an entertainer and eccentric genius, Howe unknowingly discovered what remains to be the largest cave opened to the public in the Northeast, and now Howe Caverns welcomes 150,000 to 200,000 visitors each year.

Cosby & TomScheduled for Saturday, May 13 at 1:00 pm

Utica, N.Y. – Explore the history of the Erie Canal through song with Mohawk Valley musicians Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle.  These high-spirited artists, along with their guitar, violin, banjo, harmonica, and ukulele, will examine the style of songs performed during the construction of the canal and their origins.  Don’t miss this original music program that celebrates the 200th Anniversary of the Erie Canal. This program takes place in the center's main gallery on Saturday, May 13 starting at 1:00 PM.

New York Central Railroad

Scheduled for Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 1:00 pm 

Utica, N.Y. - Take a whimsical and sentimental journey through the Adirondack Park in the 1940s with John Taibi.  Taibi will tell the story of his father's trip from Utica to Lake Placid on the New York Central Railroad (today the Adirondack Scenic Railroad).  Taibi's father, a World War II veteran, was sent to Lake Placid to re acclimate to normal life after living as a POW overseas.  Period photographs will be used to illustrate what his father and other POW survivors saw along the way.

Peterboro, N.Y. - The Smithfield Community Association's Civil War Weekend Committee is preparing for the 25th annual Peterboro NY event June 9 - 11, 2017. The event began a quarter century ago to raise funds to repair the Smithfield Community Center and to bring attention to Peterboro's history. Thanks to loyal volunteers and sponsors, the event has raised monies to continue to upgrade community buildings and acquire the Gerrit Smith Estate, as well as promote the important history of Peterboro.

Syracuse, N.Y. (Jan. 6) --Winter, the season best known for overhyped forecasts and underprepared drivers, received a VIP welcome in Syracuse today as Central New York proclaimed itself the official home of the misunderstood season.

"We have two seasons here, winter and not-winter," said David Holder, president of Visit Syracuse. "We're done hiding and we're done putting up with anti-winter media bias. Winter is a great season. It's part of who we are and we're celebrating it. We are proud to be ‘The Official Home of Winter.'"

Peterboro, N.Y. - Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863, and the March on Washington, 1963, a national traveling exhibition which explores the relationship between two great people's movements for equal rights, opens at the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum (NAHOF) at 5255 Pleasant Valley Road, Peterboro NY 13134 on Saturday, June 4, 2016. NAHOF is one of fifty sites in the country awarded this special exhibit.

Father's Day Weekend, June 20-21: Events Showcase Rich New York Culture and Heritage 

Albany, N.Y. - Empire State Development (ESD) announces Path Through History Weekend, June 20-21. The weekend will feature nearly 300 events at historic venues across the state. This year the Path Through History Weekend coincides with Father's Day, encouraging New Yorkers to experience historical reenactments and events, while enjoying a memorable Father's Day with friends and family.

The Red Baron's Greatest AdversaryUtica, N.Y. - Everyone remembers when they hauled a treasured possession to school and told their friends why they loved it so much? Well, now they have the chance to share on a whole different level with Show & Tell for grown-ups.

The public is invited to bring old photos, letters, family mementos, or even an ancient artifact to show and tell the stories behind these items.