History Book Club to start in February

FONDA — Montgomery County Department of History and Archives announced the revival of its “History Book Club.”

On February 3, join Montgomery County Historian Kelly Yacobucci Farquhar, in partnership with Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site, for a discussion of Everything Worthy of Observation: The 1826 New York State Travel Journal of Alexander Stewart Scott by Paul G. Schneider Jr.

A 2019 INDIES Finalist in the Adult, Nonfiction History category the book is a firsthand account of the trip taken by Canadian Alexander Stewart Scott across New York state in 1826.

From the book jacket: Whether enduring the choking dust raised by a stagecoach, the frustration and delays caused by bad roads, or the wonders and occasional dangers of packet boat travel on the newly completed Erie Canal, all are brought to life by Scott’s pen. Gregarious, funny, and inquisitive, Scott missed nothing of what he thought worthy of observation.

Paul G. Schneider, Jr. was an independent historian and member of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars. He worked for New York State Parks’ Bureau of Historic Sites and retired as the state’s first Museum Security Specialist.

According to the Western New York Heritage, which did a review of Everything Worthy of Observation: The 1826 New York State Travel Journal of Alexander Stewart Scott, states, “Paul Schneider has painstakingly researched the people and places Scott mentions, putting important details and his sources in an introduction and footnotes. He brings to life the landscape of Scott’s journey in the many drawings, photographs and maps strategically placed throughout the book.”

“History buffs will enjoy Scott’s detailed accounts ranging from the daily trials-enduring the dust kicked up by stagecoaches-to the fantastic-a first glimpse of the roaring waters of Niagara Falls. The narrative is aided by the expert editing of Paul G. Schneider, who decodes unfamiliar vocabulary and adds helpful footnotes.,” said Chronogram

The cost is $31, and if purchased from SUNY Press, excelsior editions, a portion of the purchase price will go to the New York State Library. A link to SUNY Press is: http://www.sunypress.edu/showproduct.aspx?ProductID=6761&SEName=everything-worthy-of-observatio

In keeping with social distancing guidelines, the book discussion will take place virtually with GoTo Meeting on Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public. As space may be limited for the online book discussion, please register by sending an email to kfarquhar@co.montgomery.ny.us. The direct link and password to the book discussion will be emailed to all registrants ahead of time. Call the Montgomery County Department of History & Archives at (518) 853-8186 with any questions.


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