Bement-Billings Farmstead | #tbt

In 1792, Asa Bement, Jr., a 28-year old blacksmith and Revolutionary War veteran traveled from Massachusetts to claim his new homestead along Owego Creek. This photo of the property was taken in 1894. Today, the house is a living history museum and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Learn more in our Path Through History Video about the museum:

Photo Courtesy of the Tioga County Historical Society.

Life on the Reef | Episode Three

Tonight on Life on the Reef,  human and animal residents of the reef prepare as a category 5 cyclone brings destruction to the North Queensland coast. But as cyclone season finally gives way to calm seas, the reef begins to recover and thrive. From the mangroves to the coral cays, reef fish populations flourish, and mysterious dwarf minke whales arrive to enjoy the warm tropical waters. Tune into WSKG TV on August 5th at 8 pm for the third episode of Life on the Reef. About the Program

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest living structure and one of the richest and most complex natural ecosystems on Earth.

POV Tea Time

Can we talk? The answer has been a resounding "yes" for a group of five Chilean women who have gathered once a month for the past 60 years to speak their minds—and reveal the current state of their hearts and souls. In an abiding ritual of friendship and survival, these now-elderly Santiago women have come together for tea and pastries—and talk—during an era of intense social and personal change. Director Maite Alberdi, granddaughter of one of the group members, captures their intimate, charming gatherings in Tea Time, which has its national broadcast premiere on POV on Monday, July 27 at 10 p.m.

Watch the entire program until 8/25/15:

Enjoy the program trailer:

"Tea Time takes us through a rite of friendship and shows the importance of traditions and celebrations and how rituals can help life make sense," says Alberdi. Want to get the full experience and make some delicious Chilean pastries?

Group Plans to Preserve Last Surviving Structure of "Helmira"

A hundred and fifty years ago this summer, the Civil War prison camp in Elmira, New York closed its doors for the last time. At a recent press conference, the Friends of the Elmira Civil War Prison Camp officially kicked off their fundraising efforts to preserve the last known surviving piece of the prison. Between 1864 and 1865, roughly 12,000 Confederate prisoners were held at Elmira Prison. Nicknamed “Helmira” by the inmates, nearly 25% of prisoners detained there would die as a result of unsanitary conditions. Today, the former site of the prison is a residential neighborhood and the only visible reminders of the camp are a few stone markers scattered amongst the houses.

James "Deacon" White

James “Deacon” White was born in Canton, NY in 1847. On May 4, 1871, White had the first hit during the first at bat in the first all professional major league baseball game. He is considered to be one of the greatest catchers during the era when baseball became America’s pastime. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013. Learn more about White, including how he got the nickname “Deacon,” in this conversation between WSKG’s Sarah Gager and Shane Johnson.

Movement Through Music

WSKG is pleased to partner with the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College on a series of Arts & Culture Shorts. This video was produced by students at IC and looks at one student's love of both playing the piano and figure skating. Told through her own words and intercut with footage of both the piano and ice, this feature provides a dramatic backdrop for a truly unique student.

Produced by: Sharon Mejia, Taylor Zambrano and Ali Zydunczy

The Manners of Downton Abbey: A Masterpiece Special

Enter the world of Edwardian manners with Alastair Bruce, historical advisor to “Downton Abbey.” Bruce and the series’ leading cast members explain how they re-create the authentic etiquette of aristocrats and servants. Enjoy this preview of the program:

Downton Abbey's Ed Speleers (Jimmy) on the choreography of serving food as a footman, in this exclusive scene from The Manners of Downton Abbey. Downton Abbey historical advisor Alastair Bruce and series stars Tom Cullen (Gillingham), Brendan Coyle (Bates) and Hugh Bonneville (Robert) explain stiffness and status in attire and hats.