In the early 1900s, industrialist George F. Johnson built a home for his secretary, Julia Bowes, and her husband Alphonsus, across from his home in the village of Endicott in Broome County. This graceful house remained a private residence for the next three decades before its transformation into Colonial Hall — the administrative offices for the Triple Cities College, an adjunct campus of Syracuse University in 1946. The college moved to Vestal in the late 1950s and evolved into Binghamton University. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skRESAE4REY
In the early 1990s, the home was transformed into the Endicott Visitor Center as part of the Susquehanna Heritage Area. With its exhibits focusing on the industrial heritage of the birth of Endicott Johnson Shoe Corporation and IBM in Endicott, and a large meeting and banquet room, the Endicott Visitor Center is one of many important stops along New Yorks Path Through History.
Sitting high on a hill above Binghamton is one of Broome County’s many historical treasures — The Greater Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRP0dSImgL0
The park, which sits on over a 100 acres of land, was a gift to the city in 1875 from Erastus Ross, a local businessman with a nearby housing development. From the time of the trolleys to today, the park has been a vital part of life in Binghamton. The park includes the fifth oldest zoo in the country and is a destination for reunion goers, hikers, lovers of nature, and students and kids of all ages. It is also home to the oldest of Broome County’s six carousels, a gift given to the local community by George F. Johnson in 1919.
To say that the Union-Endicott area is rich in history would be an understatement. The earliest inhabitants made stone tools on the banks of Nanticoke Creek, 19th century immigrant workers filled local factories and supplied our nation with shoes, more recently, engineers developed pioneering technology and machines that changed the world. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_OyZqH063g
The Union Historical Society was organized in 1989 to collect, preserve and display artifacts, relics, photographs and other items of local history. Today, these items are displayed at the Union Historical Society Museum on Endicott’s historic Washington Avenue. Divided into two main sections, the entire ground floor of the museum is devoted to the history of IBM, a world leader in the early development of computer technology that got its start just up the Avenue from the museum.
In October of 1921, Endicott Johnson industrialist George F. Johnson purchased 18 acres of land on the west side of Binghamton. He then donated the land to the city to create a public park with the stipulation that it remain forever free with no fence to keep people out. The park, with its bandstand, tennis courts, swimming pool, walkways, and carousel evoke a time gone by. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6-auN35daQ&index=1&list=PLkEiFS5w2pdnAkfQSKJHSg-bqkx92u7SC
Recreation Park was an important influence on the early life of Rod Serling, who used his childhood memories of the park and the Alan Herschel carousel as a setting in the classic Twilight Zone episode “Walking Distance.” Today, visitors can still feel the thrill of the carousel, hear music from the bandstand, swim, play games, and enjoy their own walk at this nostalgic stop on New York’s Path Through History. Photos Courtesy of:
The Broome County Historical Society
Let’s Polka welcomes The Polka Quads from Steelton, Pennsylvania to the WSKG Studios. John Salov leads this three piece group through standards such as the ‘Cheese and Crackers Polka’, ‘The Kamnik Polka’ and the incomparable ‘Blue Skirt Waltz’. John is joined on-stage by bass player Vinny Horoschock and drummer/vocalist Mark Dubrovec as they delight the audience with their ‘Cleveland Style’ of polka. Bill Flynn hosts. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQQTZwKiWJI
“Cheese and Crackers Polka”
“Maricka Moja Polka”
“The Night I Met You Waltz”
“Lake Bled Waltz”
“Blue Skirt Waltz”
“Hugs and Kisses Waltz”
If you would like to join WSKG’s Let’s Polka Club, please contact Chris DiRienzo at (607) 729-0100 ext.
John Covelli’s impressive musical achievements encompass all facets of symphony, opera, ballet, pops, and concert piano throughout the United States, Europe, and in Asia, even extending to the creation and production of new and exciting musical events for all audiences.
In the 1980s and 90s a movement began in New York to promote the unique heritage of the Empire State’s urban development. What began as a Cultural Park in Broome County has transformed into what is now the Susquehanna Heritage Area. https://youtu.be/KrqM1jVu_pA
The core story told through the Susquehanna Heritage Area is that of rising industrialism in and immigration to the “Triple Cities” of Binghamton, Endicott, and Johnson City. The heart of the Heritage Area is the Binghamton Visitor Center located at Roberson Museum and Science Center. Opened in 1996, the Visitor Center tells the story of this area with both permanent and temporary exhibits.