Shame on me. When city historian Chris Leonard asked me about Frederick Eisenmenger the other day, I had no idea who he was talking about.
Fortunately, for me and others, Leonard is going to talk about Eisenmenger during the Schenectady County Historical Society's annual meeting at the Mabee Farm in Rotterdam Junction Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Eisenmenger is reputed to be the youngest New Yorker to serve in the Union Army (age 11) during the Civil War, and was the mayor of Schenectady from 1904-1905.
Also speaking on Saturday's program will be former New York State Historian Robert Weible, now a board member at the society. Non-members are welcome to attend for a $5 fee. Members are free.
While I was chatting with Leonard, I asked him my Five Questions, a series that will run in this space even when I run out of municipal historians. At that time, I'll start dealing with museum directors and curators, another likable group of people.
Here are Leonard's responses to my inquiry. They were edited down a bit to adhere to my strict guidelines.
1. Favorite time period in American history?
My main interests are urbanism, the growth of cities and the history of technology. So, it would be post-Civil War to WWII.
2. Favorite museum?
The Yale Peabody Museum.
3. Favorite historical person?
Charles Steinmetz, but there are too many to pick one.
4. Favorite book?
"The War at the End of the World," by Mario Vargas Llosa," but again, too many to pick just one.
5. Favorite movie?
I gravitate to slapstick comedies.
ESAM looking to 'Save the Hangar'
The Empire State Aerospace Museum in Glenville, surely one of our region's historic gems, is looking for help to renovate the hangar.
The property, while operated by ESAM, is owned by Schenectady County, and musuem officials are meeting with county legislators in early next month (May 4) to talk about the work that has to be done to keep the facility a top-notch site.
For more information, visit the museum web site at www.esam.org, or call (518) 377-2191 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Schoharie 'fire' history on program
Schoharie Fire Department President Martin Shrederis will present a short program on the history of the department Monday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the Schoharie Fire Department at 114 Fort Road in Schoharie.
The talk is part of the Schoharie County Historical Society's annual meeting, and will include short presentations by society director Carle Kopecky and educational outreach director Melinda McTaggart.
The OId Stone Fort Museum in Schoharie, headquarters for the society and another very special historic site in the area, will open for the season May 5.
For more information visit www.TheOldStoneFort.org.