Trade Unwanted Guns For Groceries

On Saturday morning, people can trade their guns for groceries. Between 9AM and noon, anyone can bring in unwanted, working firearms to Binghamton’s American Civic Association in exchange for a gift certificate.

The Broome County Historical Society Presents 'The Resorts of Oquaga Lake'

Join WSKG and the Broome County Historical Society Wednesday, May 17th at 6:30PM for a special presentation by filmmaker Brian Frey at the WSKG-TV Studios in Vestal. Frey will share clips from his upcoming project on the history of Oquaga Lake and discuss how the lake evolved into one of the most popular vacation destinations in the region. The event is free and open to the public. For more information please contact the Broome County Historical Society at (607) 778-3572. BACKGROUND

In 1869, James and Elvira Scott purchased a farmhouse and 98 acres of farmland on what was called Sand Pond in upstate New York.


In 1787, a wealthy Philadelphia banker named William Bingham saw a vision for a new community at the confluence of the Susquehanna and Chenango Rivers. However, Bingham died in 1804, before his vision was fully realized. It was left to Bingham’s land agent, Joshua Whitney, to forge ahead with the settlement’s streets, bridges, and courthouse.

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Taking its name from that lumbering process, in 1811 the Village of “Deposit” was formed in Delaware County. Years later the village absorbed neighboring Deansville, of Broome County. As a result, Deposit has the rare distinction of being located within two counties.

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In 1785, John Doolittle arrived in present day Broome County from New England, cleared land and established a farm, becoming the first permanent settler of the area. Doolittle was soon joined by David Hotchkiss, Frederick Goodell and John Garnsey. Within twenty years from John Doolittle’s arrival, the population had grown to 1,000, and in 1807 the town of Windsor was established.

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Whitney Point

General John Patterson arrived in northern Broome County in 1791 to settle what originally called Patterson’s Corner’s, along the Tioughnioga and West Otselic Rivers. In 1802, Thomas and William Whitney settled in the new community, becoming the founders of the village of Whitney Point. The village was incorporated in 1871.

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Farmers such as Benjamin Norton and Alfred and Russell Gates first settled in the area in western Broome County that became the town of Maine in 1790s. In 1848, the town was officially formed from portions of the Town of Union.

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Deposit, New York | #tbt

Today’s throwback Thursday photo shows Front Street in Deposit, NY, on August 10, 1948. The image was taken by Bob Wyer, a reporter turned professional photographer from Delaware County. The first settler arrived in the area in 1789. Logging was an important early industry for the community, and felled tress were often “deposited” by the riverbank before being floated downstream. In 1811, the settlement was incorporated as the village of Deposit.

Willis Sharpe Kilmer

In 1890, Willis Sharpe Kilmer arrived in Binghamton, New York where he took over the advertising department of the family patent medicine business. Young Willis devised a new and extremely effective print campaign that turned one of the companies many products, Dr. Kilmer’s Swamp Root Kidney Liver and Bladder Cure, into a household name.

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Thomas J. Watson

Thomas J. Watson was born in Painted Post, New York in 1874, the only son of a hard working, but largely unsuccessful, farmer and lumberman. By the time Watson was 20 years old he had already held jobs as a teacher, bookkeeper, butcher, and peddler of pianos. Finally, in 1896 he took a job as a cash register salesman with the National Cash Register Company in Dayton Ohio. When he took the reigns of a fledgling time recording company in 1911, Watson was well prepared to make his mark on the corporate world.

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Tornado Aftermath, 1905 | #tbt

On the evening of June 5th, 1905, the residents of Binghamton, New York, were violently awoken by the thunderous sounds of a tornado that ripped through the city’s Southside. Fortunately, while the storm did serious damage to some homes and barns, no one was killed. For throwback Thursday, we’ve put together a slideshow of photographs taken the day after the storm. The photos highlight some of the destruction caused across Binghamton.  

Photographs Courtesy of the Broome County Historical Society.

Willard and Harlow Bundy

In 1888, while living in Binghamton, New York, Willard Bundy invented and patented a new mechanical time recorder, called The Time Clock. His device allowed workers to record their hours by using a card to punch in and out. Willard’s younger brother Harlow encouraged Willard to mass producer his invention, and in 1889 the two brothers organized the Bundy Manufacturing Company. Their business quickly became one of the largest industries in the Binghamton area, employing around 135 skilled workers, and eventually becoming part of IBM.

‘Uniquely New York’ is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Rockbottom Bridge Collapse, 1903 | #tbt

Today’s throwback Thursday photograph shows the aftermath of the 1903 Rockbottom Bridge collapse in Binghamton, New York. On May 20, 1903, as a trolly loaded with eight people made its way across the bridge, the wood and iron structure gave-way and plunged into the Susquehanna River. Luckily, while seven of the passengers sustained injuries, everyone on board survived the ordeal. The photograph was taken by Joseph K. Noyes, an amateur photographer from Binghamton. In the photo, a man dangles from the collapsed structure as he works on the bridge, and a group of spectators look on from the riverbank.

Edwin A. Link

Edwin A. Link was six when his father moved the family to Binghamton to open a player piano and organ factory. By the time he was 16, Ed Link had caught flying fever. However, the tedious nature of early flight training methods discouraged his pursuit. Link began to tinker in the basement of his father’s factory with a contraption that would simulate the feel and movement of an airplane in flight.

‘Uniquely New York’ is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Binghamton University's Past 2 Future Project Aims to Perserve Local History

On the second floor of Binghamton University’s Rockefeller Center building, you’ll find a room pilled high with boxes of photographs and film canisters alongside an array of digital equipment. This room is the headquarters of Binghamton University’s Past 2 Future Project. Hands-On Research
The Past 2 Future Project was started by the university as a way to preserve the area’s rich local history and to give its undergraduate students an opportunity for hands-on research. “Several years ago, the university interviewed undergraduates and asked them what would they like more of, or what was missing from their education,” states Dr. Kevin Wright, the director of the Past 2 Future Project. “One of the things that really came to the top of the list was more involvement in research.”

The Past 2 Future Project, or P2F, collects donations of historical materials, including photographs, diaries, and newspapers, from local individuals and organizations.

The Broome County Historical Society and Brian Frey Present 'Rod Serling's Binghamton'

Join WSKG and the Broome County Historical Society on April 27 at 6:30 PM for a special presentation entitled “Rod Serling’s Binghamton” at WSKG Studios in Vestal, New York. Rod Serling grew up on Binghamton’s West Side and graduated from Binghamton Central High School in 1943.  After serving as a paratrooper during World War II, Serling went on to become one of the most celebrated and successful writers in television history.  “The Twilight Zone,” the iconic television series he created and hosted, continues to influence writers and filmmakers nearly sixty years after it first aired. During the presentation, documentary filmmaker Brian Frey will talk about the lasting legacy of Rod Serling’s writings, and share film clips and interviews with friends and historians who illustrate how Serling’s war experience and Southern Tier upbringing helped influence his life and work.  

Brian Frey has been producing films for Public Television for over twenty years.  Several of his films have aired on PBS stations across the country.  He has produced profiles of EJ shoe company founder George F. Johnson, IBM CEO Thomas Watson, and flight simulator inventor Ed Link.  He has won three New York State Emmy Awards and eleven New York State Broadcasters Awards. This event is sponsored by the Broome County Historical Society.

Swamp Root Assembly Line | #tbt

Today’s throwback Thursday photograph shows the inside of the Dr. Kilmer & Company factory, circa 1903. The factory was located on the corner of Lewis Street and Chenango Street in Binghamton, NY. Dr. Sylvester Andral Kilmer founded his proprietary medicine company in the late 1870s. He sold a variety of different medicines and “cures.” In 1892, Andral’s nephew Willis Kilmer took over the advertising department of the family business. Willis turned one of his uncle’s patent medicines, Dr. Kilmer’s Swamp Root Kidney Liver and Bladder Cure, into a household name.

Jedediah Hotchkiss

Jedediah Hotchkiss was a Windsor, New York native and a graduate of Windsor Academy. He was constantly curious about the natural world and developed a keen interest in geography and geology. At the age of 19, Hotchkiss moved to the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia and became a teacher. In his spare time Hotchkiss taught himself how to make maps. During the Civil War.

George F. Johnson

George F. Johnson moved to Binghamton New York in 1878 at the age of 23. The son of a career shoemaker, Johnson had learned well every facet of the shoemaking business. In 1899 he entered into a partnership with a wealthy investor from Boston, named Henry B Endicott. Together they formed the Endicott-Johnson shoe company and soon dominated the shoemaking industry in America. At its peak EJ shoes employed over twenty thousand workers and produce hundreds of thousands of shoes a day.

Binghamton Panorama, 1909 | #tbt

Today’s throwback Thursday photograph is a panorama of downtown Binghamton, New York, circa 1909. The photo was taken by the Haines Photo Co. of Conneaut, Ohio and looks east down Court Street. In the background, the 1904 Press Building dominates the skyline, and the Security Mutual Building and the dome of the Binghamton Court House are visible to its right. The bank of the Chenango River and the Court Street Bridge anchor the foreground of the photograph.

The Hundred Percent Club | #tbt

In 1925, IBM president Thomas J. Watson decided to honor the salesmen of his company who exceeded their sales goals by inducting them into what he called “The Hundred Percent Club”. The club’s first convention was held in Atlantic City, N.J and then at New York City’s famous Waldorf Astoria hotel until 1939. In 1940, the group’s size exceeded the hotel’s capacity and Watson decided to move the meeting to the hills above his plants in Endicott, NY. This 1948 photo shows the entrance to what became known as “tent city” where over 400 two-man tents equipped with telephones, electricity and baths were erected to house the honored salesmen.

Join Us For a Special Discussion About 'Harvest'

Join WSKG on Wednesday, January 20th at 6:30PM as we host the Broome County Historical Society for a presentation on Harvest, the latest documentary from award winning filmmaker Brian Frey. Frey will present extended clips from the film and discuss the making of his documentary which examines the evolution of farming in the region over the last 200 years. Be a part of this special look at Harvest, January 20th at 6:30PM at WSKG Studios located at 601 Gates Road Vestal, NY.  Admission is free and no reservation is needed.  

This event is sponsored by the Broome County Historical Society.

The Matt H. Shay | #tbt

Today’s throwback Thursday photograph shows the “Matt H. Shay” locomotive in the Binghamton Rail Yard, circa 1920. The “Matt H. Shay” was an articulated “triplex” locomotive and had three sets of driving wheels. At the time of its construction in 1914 it was considered the most powerful locomotive in the world and was used primarily to help freight trains up steep grades. It was named after an employee of the Erie Railroad. Between 1914 and 1916, the Baldwin Locomotive Works built four “triplex” steam locomotives.

Winter Evening in Binghamton | #tbt

Today’s throwback Thursday photograph shows a nighttime winter scene of downtown Binghamton, circa 1940. The photo was taken at the intersection of Court Street and Washington Street, and looks north up Washington Street towards where the Metro Center stands today. While this section of Binghamton looks much different today, a few features from the photo still remain like the Ellis Brothers’ neon sign. Image Credit: Google Maps


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Binghamton, Circa 1905 | #tbt

Today’s vintage throw-back Thursday photo shows the intersection of Court Street and Chenango Street as they would have appeared around 1905 from the perspective of courthouse square. The Binghamton Press building, built 1904, can be seen in the background and the Broome County Soldiers & Sailors Monument, erected 1888, dominates the foreground. A local firm designed the 49-foot granite monument and renowned architect Isaac Perry was a consultant on the project. In the decades following the Civil War similar types of moments were constructed in towns and cities across the Southern Tier and Northern Pennsylvania. Learn more about the monument here.

Creamery Visit, Circa 1902 | #tbt

Prior to advancements in transportation and cold storage, small local creameries dotted the landscape of Upstate New York. These creameries collected and processed local dairy products and distributed cream, butter, cheese, and milk to residents daily. In this photograph taken in 1902, Inah and Inas wait patiently for their turn at the H.A. Niles Creamery in Maine, NY. Photograph courtesy of the Broome County Historical Society

Flood Rescue | #tbt

On July 7, 1935, the skies north of the Southern Tier opened up, dumping more than eleven inches of rain in some areas. The event caused widespread flooding and was one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the Southern Tier.

Lily Lake Picnic | #tbt

Some early picnickers enjoy a meal near Lily Lake in what would become Chenango Valley State Park. The state park was created in the 1930’s and many of the park’s trails and amenities were built by workers of the Civilian Conservation Corps as part of the New Deal program. Today, the park is still a great place to enjoy a picnic. Learn more about Chenango Valley State Park in our Uniquely New York video series:

Tony's Polka Band, Show One

WSKG’s locally produced Let’s Polka is a half hour of toe-tapping fun for the whole family. Join host Bill Flynn and our studio audience for a great time featuring polka music and dancing. This episode features Tony’s Polka Band from Albany, New York. Tony Banewicz has been playing polkas since he was a teenager in his grandmother’s band and he leads this eclectic seven piece group to the Let’s Polka stage. Featuring guitars, horns, and of course, accordion, Tony’s Polka Band has something for every lover of polka music.